LIBERTY BREWING CO
Like many before him, Joe Wood became exasperated by the brews that were on offer and came to the decision that there was more to beer than was sitting in front of him.
With the imports, in his opinion, decidedly lacking, he started experimenting at home, trying out a range of recipes in the quest for flavour and character. In time it dawned on Joe that he wasn't the only person in the country that put a priority on flavour, and so what began as a hobby evolved into a commercial brewing operation. Together with his wife Christina, Joe took over an online brewing supplies website, Liberty Brewing, and turned it into the wildly successful oufit that it is today, with demand for its award-winning brews rapidly outstripping supply.
One 4,000-litre mash tun later, plus an exponential upping of the hop quota, the Woods are going for it from their new Helensville digs, churning out a stylish array of ales, pilsners and stouts that are (you guessed it) extremely flavoursome and full of character.