ParrotDog began with a manic Indian Ringneck parrot and two dogs. These ‘dogs’ were Matt and Matt, two students with a passion for craft beer who began home-brewing under the watchful eye of Schmee the parrot.
First put into action by the home-brewing partnership of Matt Kristofski and Matt Warner in a dingy old flat in Aro Valley, ParrotDog really kicked off when Matt Stevens was added to the grist in 2011 for the release of ParrotDog’s first commercially available contract brewed beer, ParrotDog BitterBitch.
Six months down the track the demand for ParrotDog beer meant that brewing production was in need of expansion, but due to a limited capacity in contract brewing space this was unable to happen. ParrotDog’s next big step was then triggered and July 2012 saw five months of planning and hard work culminate in the launch of the brand new brewery right in the heart of Wellington City.
BitterBitch won the Best in Class trophy at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards 2012 in the ‘International Ale Styles’ class.
OrangeChocolate was awarded a bronze medal at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards 2012 in the ‘Festive Brew’ class.
BitterBitch won the People’s Choice award in two sessions at Beervana 2011.
BitterBitch was named New Zealand beer writer Neil Miller’s #1 beer of 2011 in his annual ‘Top Ten Beers of the Year’ list.
Matt Warner is an award-winning brewer and brewery owner but he very nearly became a lawyer. After completing Law and Science degrees at Victoria University and a Certificate in Professional Legal Studies, Warner was on the path to being admitted to the (legal fraternity) bar. Fortunately, the ParrotDog Brewery well and truly took off and he now attempts to make a living producing and selling craft beer. While at university he admits to drinking some “horrible lagers that were less than a dollar a can”, but that quickly changed after he began homebrewing in the dingy old Aro Valley flat he shared with Matt Kristofski. That was when the thoughts of one day opening a brewery first began. In his spare time, Matt enjoys snowboarding, fishing and jamming on his drum kit.
Matt Kristofski spent his first 20 years in Nelson, where he trained as an Automotive Electrical Engineer, but after a two year stint in Europe seeing the sights and visiting his motherland (he is half Macedonian), Kristofski decided that working on cars wasn’t his preferred future. He returned to New Zealand to complete a degree in Marketing at Victoria University. It was during these years of ‘study’ that he received his first homebrewing kit. The initial batch was consumed with Matt Warner while fishing on Eastbourne Beach and they were both inspired. Homebrewing rapidly became contract brewing and now there is the Vivian Street brewery. It is slightly scary to think that ParrotDog was effectively created in the bathroom of their university flat.
Matt Stevens freely admits to not being a beer geek, saying he was probably making good beer before he began appreciating good beer. He joined ParrotDog Brewery as the all important numbers guy who knew how proper businesses actually worked. Originally from Nelson, he came to Wellington in 2006 for university. He earned a degree, became a qualified Chartered Accountant and worked at several accountancy firms, including Deloitte. These days he can be found working spreadsheets or clearing the mash tun at the brewery. There are even rumours he is training to brew. His idea of recreation includes snowboarding road trips to Ruapehu or a leisurely session at one of Wellington’s many fine beer bars chewing through a pint or two with some mates.
ParrotDog BitterBitch (IPA, 5.8% ABV)
An aggressive, tropical New Zealand-hopped aroma gives way to a rich, copper coloured malt base and a huge, lingering bitterness to finish. In an ode to its ancestors, we’ve used all English malts in the grist and a bold English bittering hop in the boil.
A hop-filled IPA with a solid malt backbone.
ParrotDog Bloodhound (Red IPA, 6.3% ABV)
A grassy New Zealand-hopped aroma featuring hints of roasted malt is supported by a full-bodied, red coloured malt base and a pleasant New Zealand-hopped bitterness to round off.
A big, malty red ale uplifted with generous amounts of hops.
ParrotDog DeadCanary (Pale Ale, 5.3% ABV)
A refreshingly fruity New Zealand-hopped aroma lies upon a golden coloured English malt base and culminates in a smooth New Zealand-hopped bitterness.
An easy-drinking pale ale, showcasing both malt and hops in even-handed amounts.
ParrotDog FlaxenFeather (Blonde Ale, 4.7% ABV)
A zesty New Zealand-hopped aroma precedes a pale, flaxen coloured malt base and a quenching New Zealand-hopped bitterness in the tail.
A refreshingly local take on a classic style.
ParrotDog Dogg (Dark Mild Ale, 3.9% ABV)
A roasty aroma featuring hints of chocolate and coffee sets the scene for this dark, English-style ‘session’ ale. A number of different specialty malts are used in the grist, whilst the hops take the back seat in this part of our range.
An easy drinking dark ale where malt has its turn to shine.
ParrotDog OrangeChocolate (Stout, 5.8% ABV)
Produced especially for this year’s Beervana ‘Festive Brew’ category, this new one-off stout was brewed with a liberal amount of hand-grated orange zest and the very finest Ghanian cacao nibs sourced from the local Whittaker’s chocolate factory in Porirua. The result is a smooth, dark chocolate stout featuring balanced citrus notes.
ParrotDog Sleuthhound (Scotch Ale, 6.1% ABV)
‘Sleuthhound’ was an old Scottish term for a bloodhound, though it seems that there were actually slight differences between the two dogs. It’s fitting then that Sleuthhound was originally the home-brewed beer that Bloodhound was derived from, with it featuring a different yeast, different hops and also a touch of peat-smokedmalt. The result is a rich, fruity and full-bodied red ale featuring a hint of smoke.
ParrotDog ScareCrow (American Wheat Ale, 4.0% ABV)
A citrusy American hop aroma sets the scene for our latest seasonal release. A 50% wheat base gives this beer a tart and juicy light body before a quenching American-hopped bitterness develops in the finish.
ParrotDog PitBull (US IPA, 7.0% ABV)
How quickly and easily America forgets its heroes. Owned by three American presidents and given the highest military honours of any other breed, the American Pit Bull Terrier is a very misunderstood dog. It was even used at America’s canine military mascot during the First World War. However, it’s own extreme power and aggressiveness – which ultimately led to its much less-than-favourable status in today’s society – cannot be underestimated.
And neither can this beer. PitBull has a huge, pungent American-hopped aroma that leaps out of an equally sized rich, golden malt base. The finish is very bitter. This is our most aggressive beer yet in terms of malt, hop and alcohol levels – you’ve been warned!
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Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 12pm – 6pm
29 Vivian Street
Phone: 04 384 8077
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