CASSELS & SONS
With a lifetime of brewing, Alasdair Cassels along with son Zak and son-in-law Joe Shanks built a wood fired brewing in the old Tannery buildings in June 2009. In February 2011, the Christchurch earthquake destroyed the original plant. However, not to be beaten, within 100 days the family opened a brewpub ‘The Brewery’ which sits alongside The Tannery, a heritage focused Victorian retail arcade specialising in boutique fashion stores also developed by Alasdair.
Cassels has developed a premium brand in the craft brewing market, particularly in Canterbury, New Zealand. Cassels has an authentic ‘back story’ – an essential ingredient of any credible craft beer brewery, and we have currently have six main beers, in bottles and kegs, three cask beers, two ciders and a range of seasonal beers. Over the years we have garnered a number of industry awards including many gold, silver and bronze medals for our Milk Stout, Pilsner, Double Cream Milk Stout, Lager, Pale Ale, IPA and Dunkel and more recently at the 2019 AIBA awards we won a gold medal for our Pale Ale, a silver medal for our Heart of Darkness, Black IPA and a bronze for our Fresh Hop Ale.
Cassels Brewing Co is a family business in the true sense of the word.