Tuatara Brewing was started in 2000 by engineer turned brewer Carl Vasta. Originally located in a shed on his semi-rural property above Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast, Tuatara moved to a large production brewery in Paraparaumu in 2013.

Twice named New Zealand’s Champion Brewery at the Brewers Guild Awards, Tuatara was sold to DB Breweries in 2017.

The brewery is renowned for its iconic lizard-skin ribbed bottles but in 2022 made the move into cans with a West Coast IPA and a Hazy IPA.


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