Tiamana is the Māori word for Germany. The brewery was founded in 2013 by Annika, a born-and-raised Berliner, who now calls Wellington home. Her father was a brewer at the iconic Schultheiss brewery - where the original Berliner Weisse style was brewed.
Following the family tradition, Tiamana brews classic German-style beers as well as more experimental 'new world' styles.
New bottle labels and tap badges are out! Why? Read the behind-the-scenes story here.
To make things easier, 'Kreuzberg' is now 'Berg' and 'Old Fritze' is now 'Fritze. Also new: Digga is now available in 500ml and 330ml bottles. Exciting times!
I wrote a blog post with a behind-the-scenes tour of the re-design. Have a read here!
The Reinheitsgebot is the German 'purity law', prescribing that only malt, hops and water may be used to brew beer. The modern German beer law allows a lot of substances to help brewing, but nothing that remains measurably in the final beer, eg. coffee, chocolate, oak.
Tiamana beer is not striving to brew by the Reinheitsgebot.
While I agree with the idea of regulating brewing practices that are aimed at making beer cheaper and faster only, I do think the law is limiting creativity for German brewers.
Like all craft brewers I know, I only use ingredients that contribute to the flavour and composition of the beer - which makes some Tiamana beers compliant with Reinheitsgebot after all.
Tiamana is a one-woman company at the moment. Being a small start-up in the first year, there are no job or internship opportunities yet.
When that changes I'll post about it here!