Stewart Gebbie’s passion for great beer and Karl Hayes’ ability to make it should have been a match made in heaven, but despite meeting and becoming mates some time last century, Karl and Stewart didn’t start Te Aro Brewing company until 2014.

Originally based in the back of Brewtopia Home Brew Supplies in the central Wellington district of Te Aro, the growing range and demand for Te Aro Brewing Co’s beers means the bulk of the brewing is now done in Upper Hutt.

You can still pop in and fill a rigger in Brewtopia at 130 Tory Street though. Or better yet, pick up the recipe and some ingredients from the shop and have a go at making our beer yourself.