Tuatara brewery has appointed a new experienced head brewer. International brewer Brayden Rawlinson has received the top job as head brewer based out of the Paraparaumu brewery. The Kapiti local has returned home, following a stint overseas that saw him work for a number of breweries including NOMAD brewing, Black House Brewhouse and Sweet Amber Beer Café.

Tuatara founder and master brewer, Carl Vasta seems to think that Rawlinson is a perfect fit for the brand. “Brayden is already well known in Wellington brewing circles for his occasional releases under his Nine Barnyard Owls brand. Not only is he technically brilliant, but he also has a passion for the interesting and innovative, and he’s brimming with creative ideas for new Tuatara brews. We know he is a perfect fit to make our attentively crafted, delicious New Zealand craft beers,” said Vasta.

Rawlinson’s connection to the brand is not only about brewing high quality, great tasting beer, but is also very personal.

“I grew up in Paraparaumu and even visited the Vasta’s farm in Reikorangi as an older teen and aspiring home brewer. My first craft beer was a Tuatara Aotearoa Pale Ale, so it’s really exciting to be coming full circle and be given the reins for such an amazing local brand,” explained Rawlinson.

Tuatara Brewery started in 2000 when Kapiti local Carl Vasta began brewing in the shed on the family farm. Since then the company has flourished picking up two NZ Champion Brewery wins and has since expanded to a larger site in Paraparaumu.