When Andy Deuchars and Brian Thiel started the brand Renaissance, there were very few craft beers available in New Zealand, those that were available were hard to find. Brian and Andy were passionate about preserving the traditional British ale styles that were fading away due to the overwhelming influence of large international beer brands.
As Marlborough was the heart of wine country, and a place full of people that were passionate about having a true and authentic flavour experience when it came to food and drink, Blenheim was seen as the logical place for them to begin. Renaissance was born, and the rest, they say is history.
Renaissance is one of the earlier craft breweries in New Zealand and is best known for its British style beers, Porters, Scotch Ale and Barley Wine. It still has the original 100-year-old grain mill and hand scoop spent grain out of the mash tun. Every brew is a workout and made with passion.
“Last year was our 1000th brew where past and present brewers came together to create ‘Heritage’,” said a spokesperson for the company. “This included six of NZ’s finest brewers, all of whom honed their craft at Renaissance Brewery including; Soren Eriksen (8 Wired), Matt Dainty (Boneface), Jim Holly (Twisted Hop), Jason Bathgate (McLeod’s Brewery), Andy Deuchars (Renaissance), and Sean Moss (Renaissance).
During lockdown the business was able to adapt and continue trading through online sales.
The brand Renaissance is turning 15 in September and the team will be creating a special brew to celebrate.
“Craft beer is always evolving and developing. Hazy has been a big trend over the past year and craft sessions ales are becoming more popular, 3.5%-5% ABVs and fruity flavours.”