Small breweries work to improve their game

Arrow Brewing has just been established in Arrowtown by four partners, and head brewer John Timpany says he is having trouble keeping them out of the place.

Set in The Oaks in a mall in the town centre, the brewery-pub offers several of its own beers plus Dunedin-based Emerson’s and Christchurch-based Wigram Brewing as well as wines and pizzas, pies and filled rolls.

The brews are on tap, with no plans to bottle – although future wider distribution in kegs is possible.

“It is hard to make a beer that pleases everyone,” Mr Timpany says, and he wants to therefore produce a wide range of different-tasting beers.

Tasting trays are available at The Oaks: they are a good way of finding a brew you prefer.

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NEW BREWERY – Arrow Brewing Company

The men behind Arrowtown’s first boutique microbrewery say they have found a ready market for their traditionally brewed beers.

Open a week, the Oak Bar is based in the Royal Oak complex, off Buckingham St, and Arrow Brewing Company Ltd co-directors Darryl Jones, Greg McMeeken, Alan Eyles and Glen Morrison and head brewer John Timpany said residents and visitors were responding well to their beers, all made with natural, predominantly South Island ingredients.

“The whole brewing philosophy is to keep it pure,” Mr Jones said.

“We don’t pasteurise or filter the beer like most breweries,” Mr Timpany said, a professional brewer since 1993.

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