The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Tuatara appoints new Head Brewer

Brayden Rawlinson.

Tuatara has recently appointed experienced international brewer Brayden Rawlinson as Head Brewer based at the Paraparaumu brewery.

Originally a Kapiti local, Rawlinson has recently returned home from a stint overseas, following Head Brewer roles in a number of Sydney breweries including NOMAD brewing, Black House Brewhouse and Sweet Amber Beer Café.

Carl Vasta, Tuatara Founder and Master Brewer, explains that Rawlinson is a perfect fit for the team and 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, he 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,” says Vasta.

Rawlinson says that his connection with the Tuatara brand is not only about brewing high quality, great tasting beer, but also a very personal one.

“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,” says Rawlinson.