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Growing up with a passion for food and drink from a young age, Zeelandt Brewery founder and head brewer, Chris Barber confirmed his ambition while travelling across Europe in his 20s. On his return to New Zealand, he joined his brother at the family vineyard in Eskdale, Hawke’s Bay and brought his dream to life by building Zeelandt brewery on the land.

Since 2002, Chris’ obsession with creating the perfect tasting European style-driven beer is a result of dedication to quality, using only the very best ingredients and an unwavering passion for discovery. Zeelandt is where authentic recipes meet innovative-thinking. Not one to follow local trends, Zeelandt has forged a path of its own bringing heritage, curiosity and innovation together for the tastiest beers around.

Today, Chris runs Zeelandt Brewery alongside his wife, Luciana Barber - a food technologist, on their family land where they live, work and run Cone & Flower Garden Bar and parent two kids and their pup called Barley.


Zeelandt Brewery Craft Beer


Where Tradition meets Modernity

Our thirst for knowledge and history flows through our craft styles here at Zeelandt. It is the many classic beer styles found throughout Europe that inspire us. From the ales of Great Britain to the lagers of Germany, we recreate these styles by delving into their history and discovering what inspired these brewers and who enjoyed them.


Celebrating 10 years

Our family owned brewery, based in Eskdale, Hawke’s Bay has made it to the ripe old age of 10 this year, which we believe is something worth celebrating! Sign up to our email list to be in the know of our special promotions in celebration of turning the BIG 1-0!

Bringing heritage, curiosity and innovation together for the tastiest beers around.

Our Team


Meet Chris

Owner and Head Brewer Christopher opened Zeelandt Brewery in Eskdale, Hawke’s Bay in August 2012 to showcase the ‘true to style’ brewing philosophy that inspired him while travelling through Europe.

First working at St Austell Brewery in Cornwall UK in 2004, Christopher continued to hone his skills at Hallertau Brewery, Auckland before returning to the UK to complete his Diploma in Brewing Technology.

Christopher invites you to join the movement to re-introduce full flavoured, true to style beer to discerning beer-lovers both in Hawke’s Bay and throughout New Zealand.

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