Upper Hutt's Kereru brewery exports first shipment to the USA

[New Zealand] Fresh from helping New Zealand win the “Bledisloe Cup of Beer”, Upper Hutt’s Kereru Brewing is looking to crack its next challenge: the United States.

Co-owner Chris Mills said Kereru had sent a shipment of two of its beers stateside – the Karengose Salty Seaweed Ale and a dark beer, the For Great Justice Wood Fired Toasted Coconut Porter.

“We’ve sent kegs of our Karengose and For Great Justice to a US distributor and this will be showcased at the Shelton Brothers Festival 2015 in Tampa, Florida,” Mills said.

“They will also probably find their way to various outlets in California and Massachusetts.”

The decision to send their beer to Massachusetts was an easy one for Mills and his wife Natasha Dahlberg.

As well as being the state where the Shelton Brothers distributors were based it was Mills and Dahlberg’s homestate and they had plenty of friends there keen to try out their beers.

Karengose, Salty Seaweed Ale
Karengose, Salty Seaweed Ale

When it came to deciding which beers to export, that was a straightforward decision too, Mills said.

“America is awash in big IPAs and what Shelton Brothers wanted were beers that were distinctive and different and that represented New Zealand.”

He said he thought Kereru’s seaweed gose, a salty German style of beer with native seaweed added, and the toasted coconut porter would fit the bill well.

Mills said the company’s exports to Australia, which started earlier this year, had been going well.

“We’ve just sent our fourth and fifth shipments,” he said.

Having one of the brewery’s beers, For Great Justice, coming fifth in the The Great Craft Beer Taste Off in Melbourne late last month was icing on the cake for the brewery team.

“It was a very tight race and it’s been good fun,” Mills said.

The next big thing on the craft beer scene would be the Beer Guild of New Zealand’s beer awards on September 19.

“We’ve submitted a range of our beers we’ve made over the last year.

“Ultimately the competition in NZ at the moment is so fierce and the beers that are being made are so good.

“It will just be fun to be there.”


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