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Fresh Hop Season!

24 March 2021

Like wine, beer has a harvest season and its now (March) when the hops are harvested, mostly from the Nelson region.

While the bulk of the hop harvest is dried for use throughout the year, we get an opportunity right now to use freshly picked hops in our brews. They are super fragile – so after picking the fresh hops need to be in the beer within a matter of hours. It’s a logistical nightmare getting them from Moutere to Matakana but one we embark on annually, because the beer is so bloody good. For beer drinkers this means the chance to try something new and entirely seasonal.

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Aotearoa IPA Series

10 March 2021

The Sawmill Aotearoa Series has attracted a cult following over the last 16 months and since a few months we’ve also introduced a selection in 440ml cans.

The first series of its kind to celebrate exclusively New Zealand hops and malts. It’s about the people that bring beer to life – the farmers, growers, brewers and how New Zealand punches well above it’s weight internationally in the beer we brew. A new beer every month. Always different and always from Aotearoa.

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Blake Explorers

09 March 2021

It’s a real joy and privilege for our team to support the work of the Blake Trust. The Trust was established in 2004 and is dedicated to continuing Sir Peters Blakes Environmental leadership legacy.

Each year BLAKE aims to inspire thousands of young New Zealanders to care for the environment through activities and adventures that encourage environmental awareness and leadership, and instil a deeper sense of kaitiakitanga within them.

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Open Wednesday to Sunday

17 February 2021

From Monday the 1st of March we are closed on Monday and Tuesday. We are open Wednesday to Sunday from 12pm for a casual drink, lunch or dinner.

We are taking bookings for dinner from 5.30pm, please email smokoroom@sawmillbrewery.co.nz.

Kitchen hours

Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday till 8.30pm
Friday & Saturday till 9pm