AN Invercargill brewery could well make a decent claim of being the most truly southern
beer in New Zealand.
The Tuatara Cafe & Bar’s Gadoochi Brewing has, for the past summer, been using locally
grown hops in its range of beers.
The hops are grown by a landowner just outside Invercargill and supplied to the brewing
crew at the Tuatara.
While Southland is not known for having good hop-growing conditions, brewer Damon Milne said the past summer had provided exactly those conditions.
‘‘It’s been a pretty epic summer down here, and in the right conditions they grow quite well.’’
The three varieties of hops supplied to Gadoochi are creatively named Cascade, Tangerine Dream and Fathead.
These have gone into the making of a range of IPAs, lagers and porters served on tap at the Tuatara Cafe & Bar.