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 winemaker’s mantra that it takes a lot of good beer to make a great wine, as well as the amount of distinguished palates within the region, they set about their task with aplomb.
It wasn't just the general public who were enjoying their beers though; in September 2007 they scooped two trophies at the prestigious BrewNZ Beer Awards in Wellington. Continued rising demand for Renaissance beers led to the appointment of Soren Eriksen as Assistant Brewer in mid 2008, Soren then departed in 2012 to focus solely on his 8 Wired beers. At this point Renaissance employed talented British expat Matt Dainty (now owner of Boneface in Wellington) as its Assistant Brewer, encouraging them to expand their range of beers from 3 to 5.
2013 saw huge beer competition success for Renaissance. In May 2013 they 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, Abundance, Odyssey and Grandmaster were released. In May 2014 Renaissance successfully defended its title at the Australian Beer Awards when it won Champion International Small Brewery for the 2nd year running.
2014 saw the establishment of a new board of directors and Renaissance Brewing became the first company in New Zealand to equity crowdfund when they raised $700k through Snowball Effect and gained 300 new shareholders.
2015 saw continued growth in the domestic and export markets, including becoming part of the New Zealand Craft Collective which sees Renaissance and 4 other New Zealand breweries working together to take the United Kingdom by storm.
2016 -The brewery begins to upgrade some plant equipment while continuing to focus on export sales. With urging from the board, the brewery took on a new CEO and upgraded the management team. Andy moved to Pegasus to be with his family, leaving the day to day brewing with the talented Dale Gould and Sean Moss, who goes on to take a gold medal with his Rauchbier.
2017 - Continued efforts on export sales do not yield expected results. Plagued by expensive equipment problems and seeing declining sales from their new distributor, the brewery goes into voluntary administration.
2018 - In February Brewery was purchased by Sahara Ltd trading as Brandhouse
2019 - Renaissance released its 1000th Brew, Heritage, having 6 previous and present brewers come together to create it and make history again.
2020 – saw the launch of ‘Social’, a range of ‘better for you’ RTD’s. Renaissance Elemental Porter wins a gold medal in the Top 30 beers at the New World Beer Awards. In September Renaissance will celebrate its 15th Birthday.