The home and heart of Tui has remained in Mangatainoka for 127 years. With a brand new brewhouse just unveiled, it looks like they're there to stay
The Tui Brewery has been through a lot in its 127 years, including the Pahiatua Earthquake of 1934, the infamous Arnold Nordmeyer Black Budget, a couple of world wars and some vicious rumours of closure. But the Tui Brewery is still standing. In fact, over the past 12 months the team have been busy redeveloping the brewery, making it fit for purpose for at least another 127 years to come.
At the home of Tui on State Highway 2, Mangatainoka, the new bespoke brewery is part of the $4.5 million investment in the Tui Brewery site. This includes a brand new German-engineered brewhouse, which arrived in seven containers and has taken a dedicated team a few months to install. Now that the setup is complete, the team are getting ready to lay down the first brew.
“The Tui Brewery is a Kiwi icon, and has stood the test of time – as well as plenty of earthquakes – over the 127 years we’ve been brewing on site," says Tui Brewery Head Brewer Tupu Gregory (pictured below). "The redevelopment signals that the home of Tui is here to stay."
The new Tui Brewhouse allows greater brewing flexibility and creativity, which will see the team release a number of innovative small batch beers, as well as regional specific brews. Some of these will only available on site at the Tui Visitor Experience, Bar and Café.
To celebrate the new brewhouse, Tui is giving their consumers and local community the opportunity to be part of the ‘Roof Shout’ – a free brewery tour for the entire region. Tui Passports (vouchers) for free brewery tours are available at on premise outlets, regional newspapers and on Tui’s Facebook page.