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Five new Tuatara beers are about to hit stores early next month, and the Kapiti-based brewery has also shed its skin with new reptile-inspired packaging

The new beers being launched include a new IPA, a Hazy Pale Ale, a Hazy IPA, a Baltic Porter and a NZ IPA, while the packaging of the beer boxes and bottle labels moves from a typography design style to a Tuatara eye.

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The head brewer at the Paraparaumu brewery, Brayden Rawlinson, who along with Tuatara founder, Carl Vasta, developed the five new beers launched this month, says he is excited for people to try the new Tuatara brews. 

“We’ve had a lot of fun with this new line up,” he says. “We’re a big fan of hazy styles and have been playing around with them a lot in the last year – our customers can’t seem to get enough of them. The new Hazy IPA is a refined recipe based on the crowd favourites Suspense and Kilmog Fog. And the new Hazy Pale Ale we are launching is, in my opinion, the ultimate hazy – with all the big flavour and aroma you should expect from this style, but with a slightly lower ABV,” says Rawlinson.

“Last year, we did a Baltic Porter at The Third Eye, our Wellington microbrewery, and it was one of our most popular beers so we’ve been itching to release another for people to get stuck into. We also know that Tuatara drinkers love Kiwi hops and our new NZ IPA has a massive hop profile that really celebrates the prodigious tropical characteristics of NZ grown hops,” says Rawlinson.

“And then we have the new IPA – which is the beer we’re all the most excited by. It’s got big tropical flavours and a beautifully balanced bitterness – kind of a Frankenstein beer, in the best way, because we have created something that we’d all like to drink,” says Rawlinson.