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Our CarbonNZero Hero: The Fermentist

A recent Purpose Business Report found that 70 percent of Kiwi millennials are prepared to make major lifestyle changes to reduce the impact of climate change, and 50 percent are now supporting/buying from ethical brands.



The Fermentist is a Christchurch-based craft brewery that our millennials can be proud of. In September they launched their first certified carboNZero beer, the Kiwi Pale Ale (KPA) – a first for them and a first for New Zealand. Their goal is to be the nation’s first fully carbon neutral beer brewery by 2020.

General Manager at The Fermentist, Simon Taylor, says that all emissions from the entire lifecycle of their KPA have been accounted for, “from the fertiliser that goes into growing the grain to the refrigeration of the product in the consumer’s home”.
The relatively small carbon footprint that remains is offset through carbon credits purchased from Hinewai Reserve on Banks Peninsula.

Head Brewer at The Fermentist, Kirsten Taylor, is passionate about supporting the local environment so she is thrilled to be getting in behind Hinewai Reserve. “Carbon sequestration is more than simply planting trees – it’s important that it is part of wider native forest regeneration efforts. That is what makes Hinewai so special and the perfect fit for The Fermentist,” she says.

If you think about it – that the beer in your hand has left no footprint on the world… that’s something close to magnificent!

Find The Fermentist at 380 Colombo Street, Sydenham, phone 03 363 8413 or visit




A craft beer destination: Volstead Trading Company

Horizons are widening for the owners of much-loved craft beer destination bar Volstead Trading Company, with Director Jason Ray and partners buying the brewery next door at 55 Riccarton Road to brew their own beer under the name Volstead Brewing Company.



“It was an amazing opportunity and a logical extension, to purchase a brewery and brew our own craft beer,” Jason says. “After years of experience in the retail side of the industry, we understand what our customers want to drink.” The brewery aims to produce “big, bold and hoppy beers, as well as great easy-drinking session styles – something for everyone,” he adds.

There are currently seven beers available, including an XPA – an extra pale ale, and a Pilsner, right through to a big, bold, hoppy US-style IPA and a delicious creamy Milk Stout. New beers will be launched every few weeks, with the palates of craft beer aficionados about to be tempted by some big, hoppy flavours and some core range additions, such as a low alcohol ale and a kettle sour. “A sour beer is typically made using a sour yeast; it’s quite refreshing. Think of a lager and lime concept,” Jason says.

Head brewer Mike Cheer has made award-winning beers and judges beer competitions around the country. “Mike has an absolutely amazing palate,” Jason says. “The combination of Mike’s incredible beer knowledge, plus my knowledge of the consumer market, means we are already producing great beers our customers are loving.”

The brewery is focused on sourcing local ingredients where possible and producing a quality product. “We don’t make preservative and additive laden beer with a 12-month supermarket shelf life. Volstead beers simply contain what is required to make beer – water, grain, hops and yeast.”

Just starting to sell their beer to other venues throughout the country, the brewery also has a full off-licence for takeaway sales through the bar. “We want our customers to be able to enjoy a beer either with us or fill a takeaway bottle and enjoy our beers at home. We don’t do packaged sales through the supermarket as we believe our customers should be able to come in and drink our beer when it is at its freshest, straight from the brewery.”

Jason’s personal favourite beer is the US IPA, at 6.4 percent. “It’s an amazingly well-balanced hoppy IPA,” but there is something for everyone. The demographic drinking craft beer is growing, and any day of the week sees Volstead hosting office workers, students and tradies sampling and enjoying Volstead’s finest. So, head on down for a delicious brewery-fresh pint and a takeaway to enjoy at home. See you at Volstead!



Wigram Brewing Co

A beer-y good place: Wigram Brewing Co

Beer Lingo 101: what’s in a ‘fillery’? Well beer of course, lots of beer.


Wigram Brewing Co


A fillery is somewhere you go to ‘fill’ your riggers, half Gs, growlers, or fancy double wall vacuum insulated stainless steel beer hydro flask with, you guessed it, fresh cold beer!  At Wigram’s Craft Beer Fillery it’s all about beer; lagers, pilsners, pale ales, wheat beers, honey ales, scotch ales, porters, stouts, ciders – whatever your thirsty little heart desires lies before you waiting to be sipped, quaffed and savored at your place.

Having 10 taps pouring its award-winning beer fresh from a tank, and likely to be fresh from fermentation, carbonation and kegeration, a fresher beer you are not likely to find.  Check out the website for weekly updates of beers on tap and opening dates for Wigram’s Satelite Craft Beer Filleries at Shirley and Hoonhay.

So, if the plethora of craft beer labels on offer in supermarkets and bottle stores has got your head spinning and your beer-buds drooping, fly by Wigram’s Craft Beer Fillery for tap tastings, brewer’s beer wisdom and even a friendly crack at some food matching advice.

Check out the Friday and Saturday arvo $10 Tasting Tray special until the end of January or book in a Brewery Tour & Tasting. Planning an event, party or wedding? Ask about the event set up or keg and ice-bank hire. Or maybe you’re looking for regular stocking of your work place beer fridge or man-cave? Have a chat to Paul about tailored beer systems or bottle and rigger delivery service.



Brewers Union

Craft beer on tap: Brewers Union

Brewers Union is a mobile bar service that comes to your location with everything required to serve top quality craft beers to your discerning guest list.

Brewers Union

Providing unique beers from breweries like Three Boys, Twisted Hop, Ghost, Two Thumb and more, you don’t have to do a thing but raise a glass and say cheers!

With the ability to cater from 30 to 500, its experienced bar staff will make your birthday, wedding, or corporate function a safe, enjoyable experience. If it’s APAs, IPAs, Pilsners or Porters, Brewers Union is there to fill your boots.
Well respected beer aficionado, Chris Ruske is the guy to talk to about the reliable, easy service on 021 0295 8041 or follow on Facebook for updates and information.

Opening at the Riverside market in March 2019, the Brewers Union will be there to cater for your function’s craft beer requirements, now and in the future.