Hawke's Bay Beer Tasting Day



Who’s coming to BAD this year?


8 Wired Brewing Co.

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”!

All brews are crafted by Søren Eriksen, a nomadic Danish brewer who has finally found permanent ground in Marlborough, New Zealand. Expect unique brews, expect ingenuity in flavour, expect new world interpretations of classic styles.

Brave Brewing Co.

A year on from last year’s B.A.D. and Brave is firmly established as a leader of the Hawke’s Bay scene. Husband and wife team Matt and Gemma are just managing to keep up with thirsty fans on their 300L kit. We’re guessing it won’t be long before a massive scale up!

The Brave ethos is all about throwing off the shackles of society’s expectations and having the courage to follow your passion. If that’s not an option, at least be strong enough to support one who has by tasting all the Brave brews you can.

Crazy Bay Beer

Fronted by larger than life Damian Birchman, Crazy Bay Beer will be back this year with their wildly popular brews.

Croucher Brewing Co.

Croucher Brewing had its origins back in 2004 when Paul Croucher took the Non-commercial Brewing Section award for his home-brewed Bohemian Pilsner. From such auspicious beginnings was born Croucher Brewing, which Paul runs in partnership with Nigel Gregory.

Now firmly in control of their new brewery, the Croucher legend continues to grow… and for those of you who haven’t tasted it, we strongly recommend you try the Lowrider IPA. At 2.5%, it packs a flavour punch without the uppercut to follow. An excellent choice for those looking to extend their evening into the wee hours.

Epic Beer

Epic Beer has been at the forefront of the recent renaissance in craft brewing in New Zealand. The story began when Luke Nicholas started helping out at the Steam Brewing Company in Auckland. Soon after, they offered him a job, and not too long after that he was able to purchase the beer brand that he had crafted: Epic Beer.

Since then Epic hasn’t looked back. Luke has been involved in a number of initiatives, including realbeer.co.nz and NZ Craft Beer TV. Perhaps more importantly from our perspective Epic produces a range of delicious award-winning beers with its Armageddon IPA recently taking the US Ale Styles trophy at the Brewers Guild of NZ Awards.

Fat Monk Brewing Co.

Located at Abbey Cellars on Maraekakaho Road, Fat Monk continues to challenge the palate with a range of beer styles and hop combinations.

This fearless approach to brewing has seen brewer Dermot draw a following both here and out of the district, and we’re looking forward to increasing that following by hitting you with some hop-driven brews at B.A.D.

Oh, and if you haven’t been out to visit the brewery it’s a must whilst you are in the Bay.

Garage Project

Based in the Aro Valley, Wellington, Garage Project have moved on somewhat since their 24/24 project (24 different recipes in 24 weeks) made such a big impact around the New Zealand brewing scene.

The batch sizes are bigger, but the commitment to experimentation remains.

A perennial favourite!

Giant Brewing Co.

Giant has come a long way since BADv, spreading throughout the North Island magma-like, to the delight of appreciators far and wide.

Chris has something new brewing for this year’s B.A.D. and we can’t wait to try it.

Godsown Brewery

Godsown Brewery has an 800L capacity brewery situated next to a quarter-acre hop field at Maraekakaho, a small settlement west of Hastings.

Godfrey Quemeneur and Rachel Downes travelled the length and breadth of New Zealand before settling on the Bay as the perfect location to brew, and have now developed the site into a full blown brewpub and restaurant.

If you’re looking for an idyllic venue, look no further.

Lakeman Brewing

Just over the hills in Taupo, we’re stoked to welcome Lakeman Brewing to BADvii. If you’ve indulged in a Hairy Box, their mixed pack of brews, you’ll be looking forward to some citrussy goodness come March 18.

Napier Brewing Co.

Since the first batch of equipment arrived in October 2015 Napier Brewing Co has made a real impact on the local Hawke’s Bay scene. Based at the Westshore Beach Inn, winner of Hawke’s Bay Bar of the Year in the 2016 SOBA awards, you can usually taste most of the range fresh from the taps at the very place it is brewed.

And after all, fresh is best!

North End Brewing Co.

Based on the Kapiti Coast, North End Brewing enjoys a strong Wellington influence without having to put up with the weather!

More experimental than your average Hawke’s Bay brewery we’re looking forward to tasting whichever brews they decide to bring out of their truly impressive catalogue.

Roosters Brew House

Back after a long hiatus, Roosters has recently seen some momentous changes. Coffee magnate Chris Jarvis is now at the helm, and we are expecting new and exciting developments as 2017 progresses.

Sneaky Brewing Co.

Sneaky Brewing creates bold new-age craft beers, often with a fruity twist, but always with creativity and passion. Brewer Matt Searle, who is also head brewer for Napier Brewing Co, has an encyclopedic knowledge of world beer, something that’s reflected in the Sneaky range.

See if you can hit him with a brewery he hasn’t heard of… he might give you a free beer.

Sunshine Brewery

If you haven’t sampled beer from the Sunshine Brewery over the last few years you might be very pleasantly surprised. Building on the Gizzy Gold fame of the 90s, the Sunshine crew got adventurous, and now produce a rather unique range of very interesting brews, some of which were medal winners at the 2015 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards.

Zeelandt Brewing Co

Now a well-established piece of the furniture in the Hawke’s Bay beer scene, Chris Barber has expanded both tthe staff and the range at Zeelandt (that’s zay-land don’t you know) in the picturesque Esk Valley.

It’s one hell of a brewery and producing some mighty fine drops. We’re looking forward to trying the latest seasonal release at this year’s B.A.D.


Edgebrook Cider

Authentic English-style, Hawke’s Bay ciders, brewed once a year from orchard-fresh apples.

They brew three varieties of cider, inspired by Eastern counties, Western counties and West Country styles. Check out their cider facts page to school up on the European cider styles that inspire so much of our new world experimentation.

Paynter’s Cider

Paul and the team at Paynter’s are on a journey to produce New Zealand’s finest cider, and that starts at the orchard where they are growing Kingston Black, Stoke Red, Tremlett’s Bitter, Broxwood Foxwhelp, Sidero, Slack Ma Girdle, Chisel Jersey, Bordes, Sweet Alford, Bisquet, C’hero ru Bihan, Fuero Rous and more!

Join them in their odyssey; you won’t be disappointed.

Three Wise Birds Cider

Perhaps the least traditional of Hawke’s Bay’s cider makers, the Crasborn brothers are on a mission to define a New Zealand-style cider. And they’re not afraid to experiment, even throwing in some local Smoothcone hops to their Gone Bush style.

Surely a drop that all beer appreciators will be curious to try!