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No one knows why it was called a ParrotDog; but a ParrotDog has always been what it is.

Beginning at the beginning; there were two characters named Matt who were just really into nice beer.

After a spell of sampling various craft beer styles together one Wellington summer, the duo became inspired to try and make beer that tasted good; like the ones they were drinking.

So it goes; they got to homebrewing out of the basement of their dingy Aro Valley flat and it was surprising - they could produce a fairly drinkable beverage.

On a student budget, and after joining forces to share costs, they started developing what would become the first commercial ParrotDog beer recipe - an India Pale Ale.

Adding another man named Matt to the mix, a contract brew went down in Taranaki and long story short; the report was not good, too bitter - they were told to dump it.

Legend to the contrary, BitterBitch turned out to be a hit.

From smuggling flagons into local beer events, to delivering kegs in between classes - ParrotDog was going well when the charm of reality hit - they needed more space to brew more beer.

The commitment was made and out of a huge empty space the brewery was born in the heart of Wellington city.

Things are ticking along nicely.

From mere beverage to craft quality - at the end of the day, it’s all very well and good.

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