Every brand in our portfolio has a great story. And we’re passionate about representing them - and the inspiring characters that have brought them to life.
8 Wired Brewing is inspired by the legendary Kiwi can-do mentality and fellow craft brewers who have dared to challenge the masses and show us all that beer is no longer “just beer”!
After five years of contract brewing, eventually at four different breweries across New Zealand we now finally have our very own brewery where we brew and package everything.
In the past 6 venturesome years, Joseph and Christina Wood have taken Liberty beers from their garage in New Plymouth to all over NZ. With demand for Liberty beer continuing to outstrip supply, the Woods finally built their own brewery in Helensville in 2015.
Liberty’s brewing has always been about its customers and as long as there are boundaries to cross, rules to break and lines to blur, Liberty will be central, continuing to brew with zero compromise on quality.
Funk Estate’s brewery is nestled in Grey Lynn, Auckland. They cut their teeth in the Wellington beer scene as young-uns. The work of three young Wellington beer enthusiasts drawn together by their passion for a pint and a series of collaborative brews. They aim to please the crowds without being a typical crowd pleaser.
Funk Estate make a range of solid drops, as well as some bigger, bolder and wackier numbers. Seek them out and Stay Funky!
The story behind the creation of Hop Federation is an easy one to relate to: moving from the hustle and bustle of the city to the idyllic countryside; turning a long developed passion into a livelihood and having fun along the way.
It was never a difficult decision for them to make; in 2013 they settled in the idyllic village of Riwaka, just outside Nelson, opened their brewery doors to the world and haven’t regretted a moment since.
At Paynter’s Cider we’re trying to make the best cider in New Zealand and one day, the best cider in the world.
In Hawke’s Bay we have a wonderful climate, rich fertile soils and abundant water – it’s apple growing paradise. We know we can grow the best apples, so why can’t we make the best cider?
Try Paynter’s Cider and let us know how we’re going.
The idea to create distinctively New Zealand spirits was born around a bonfire at the family farm in Riverhead, north of Auckland. An old wooden derelict glasshouse was demolished during the day and set fire to. During the evening while sitting around the bonfire, a joke was made to turn the old glasshouse furnace into a still to make spirits. Realising the organic farm they were on, with its own artesian water supply, would provide the perfect setting and source of pure, native ingredients to make uniquely New Zealand spirits.
With our ideas and a master distiller in place, Karven set about experimenting with botanical combinations to arrive at products that are truly New Zealand.
Gunn Estate bears the name of its founding family. It began in the 1980’s, on a farm in the beautiful Ohiti Valley in Hawke’s Bay. The family wanted to make honest wines – approachable and deliciously enjoyable. Wines that celebrated real life.
Today we gather our grapes from carefully selected vineyards in Hawke’s Bay, Marlborough and Australia – but our distinctive symbol is a constant reminder of where we came from and what we’re all about.
David and Mark Mason, with friend and winemaker Tony Bish, began with a simple philosophy to make more wine than they could drink, and share the rest. They had the perfect place to make it happen along the dramatic white cliffs and river land gravels of the Dartmoor Valley in Hawke’s Bay.
These are memorable wines of great texture, reflecting their origins.
Otago, New Zealand, a region rich in stunning alpine landscapes and warming summer sunshine. Otago is steeped in early New Zealand history and our ‘TattyBogler’ (Scottish scarecrow) shown on the label of our wines pays homage to the Scottish settlers of the region, pioneers who braved the harsh environment to carve a living from the land.
Wild South is an adventure, and it’s this spirit that led us to the Waihopai Valley, beside the Omaka River, to a wild piece of land strewn with rocks from end to end; Hell’s Gate. But hidden under that prickly name and all those rocks was the perfect wine-growing land.
Rock by rock, we hand-cleared it and set about establishing Wild South wines, and this Marlborough vineyard was to be at the heart of it all.