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.

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