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History of Renaissance Brewing

Renaissance brewing was established in 2005 when experienced brewers Andy Deuchars and Brian Thiel purchased the lease on the historic Grove Mill  in Blenheim.


Andy and Brian, both natives of Southern California, had one goal in mind - to produce stunning beers in a region more renowned for the excellence of its wines. Spurred on by the winemakers mantra that it takes a lot of beer to make a great wine, as well as the amount of distinguished palates within the region, they set about their task with aplomb.

Following some early teething problems (such as the delayed dispatch of their bottling machine when the Italian suppliers decided to take 6 weeks off to celebrate Italy winning the world cup in 2006) they were soon shipping beer the length and breadth of New Zealand to eager customers.

It wasn't only the general public who were enjoying their beers though, in September 2007 the beers scooped two trophies at the prestigious BrewNZ Beer Awards in Wellington. This success and their growing cult status with beer aficionados around New Zealand encouraged them to expand their range of beers from 3 to 5.

Continued rising demand for Renaissance beers led to the appointment of Soren Eriksen as Assistant Brewer in mid 2008. Soren departed in 2012 to focus soley on his 8 Wired beers and at this point Renaissance employed talented British ex-pat Matt Dainty as its Assistant Brewer to assist Andy in the brewery.  

2013 saw huge beer compeitition success for Renaissance.  In May 2013 it scooped 2 trophies, including Champion International Small Brewery at the Australian International Beer Awards and in August that year it went one better and won 3 trophies, including Champion New Zealand Brewery at the New Zealand Beer Awards.  

Three new beers were added to the Renaissance range for the first time since 2008 in late 2013 and early 2014, when Abundance, Odyessy and Grandmaster were released and in May 2014 Renaissance successfuly defended its title at the Australian Beer Awards when it won Champion International Small Brewery for the 2nd year running.

2014 also saw the establishment of a new board of directors and we became the first company in New Zealand to equity crowdfund when we raised $700k through Snowball Effect and gained 300 new shareholders.

2015 saw continued growth in domestic and export markets, including becoming part of the NZ Craft Collective which sees Renaissance and 4 other NZ breweries working together to take the UK by storm.  

In 2016 we employed our first independent CEO (Sam Hobson) to take the reigns, a new Head Brewer (Alex Scott) to work alongside Andy and the establishment of a major new National Distributor partner with the appointment of Eurovintage.

May we live in interesting times......



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1 Dodson Street, Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand

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