16 April 2014

Three Matts, a new brewery, and a new beer

1/02/2012 10:19:00 a.m.


THREE YOUNG MEN men with confidence in their brewing are planning a brand new brewery right in the heart of Wellington.
They’re certainly young.  Matt Warner (23) and Matt Kristofski (25) have recently finished studies at university, and Matt Stevens (24) is a chartered  accountant who after four years on the job has resigned; all are now full time partners in their new enterprise.
The ParrotDog brewery is believed to be planned for Vivian St.  The trio won’t say more because they’re still getting consents organized and anyway their brewing equipment has yet to arrive from China.
The origins of the brewery started when the first two Matts made beer at home pretty successfully. Then gathering  up the third Matt, they decided to go commercial last July with their first ParrotDog brew, which they made under contract in Taranaki.  
Their BitterBitch IPA quickly sold out in craft beer shops all around New Zealand.  They’ve also  produced BloodHound, a red/amber ale, and today (Wednesday) sees the release of their latest, ParrotDog  FlaxenFeather,  a blonde ale.
Matt Warner says the brewery has come about because they were unable to make enough ParrotDog beers under contract to supply the demand..  They expect their new brewery to make 2,500 litres in each batch which will significantly increase the amount available.
He says the demand for their beers has been so good that there was none left to enter last year’s Capital Times Beer Necessities survey of 80 beers from all round New Zealand (see captimes.co.nz).  
The three Matts hope to have their new operation up and running in April.
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