Tom grew up in Whanganui in the 90’s where the only choice of beer on tap, was either Tui, or Export Gold, maybe even a Lion Red if you were ‘lucky’. Brewing at that time was not even on his radar. It wasn’t until he was in Portland, America when he was exposed to the most microbreweries per capita, and then he was blown away by how the beer industry was thriving and changing.
Portland left a lasting impression on Tom, and he followed his heart back to New Zealand and chased his dream of wanting to join the NZ brewing industry. New beers often depend on what is trending, you go where the market is. For Tom, if there was a beer that he could brew, with no regards to cost, production or sales he would brew an American barrel aged red beast.