Tinker Tailor readies to pour doubles
Plans for Porirua’s only craft beer brewery are fermenting in a warehouse just off SH1 in Plimmerton.
Tinker Tailor’s official opening and launch will happen near the end of the year, but it’s first public outing will be at Beervana on August 11 and 12, where they will be serving two IPAs and two porters.
Co-director Tim Hodgkinson described it as a developing brewery with a split personality, the tinker and the tailor, finding the balance between the delight of the new and the comfort of classic brews.
All their brews will come as a duo.
There will always be one tailor and one tinker beer. While the tailor is more refined and classic, the tinker is a little bit quirky.
Two tailor classic versions of a porter and an IPA will be available along with the two quirkier brews: a white IPA based on an India pale ale made with different hops, and a cookies and cream porter.
‘‘The whole premise of the brand is the tailor is the perfectionist, and the tinker is the sort of person who mucks with it and makes it craftier,’’ Hodgkinson said.
‘‘In a bottle store, we plan to have the beers together. A tailor beer will have a matching tinker.
‘‘Our approach is quite different. We’re trying to approach it as a business rather than starting in a garage.’’
It’s a big change for Hodgkinson who, after more than 20 years working in telecommunications and electronics, decided to start a family business with his wife, Erica.
Along with friend John Justice, the trio have been developing a three-vessel brewhouse packing enough punch to brew 2400 litres that they are aiming to have ready by November.
Tinker Tailor has already caught the eye of Beervana man- ager Beth Brash who put them in her list of the top five breweries to check out this year.
‘‘Love the concept from this very new brewery launching at Beervana this year,’’ Brash said.
‘‘The tailor range is their refined core range and the tinker takes those beers and, well, tinkers with them.’’
The company has a brewing licence, but will need an offlicence from the council to get a tap room started in a year or so.
A Porirua City Council spokeswoman said the company was in the early stages of making a license application.
Tinker Tailor codirector Tim Hodgkinson.