Boneface Brewing Co. is Upper Hutt’s first brewpub.

The 2000 litre brewery started operating in March 2017, and produced 70,000 litres in its first five months.

The beer was so well received that Boneface was working hard to keep up with demand, says owner/brewer Matt Dainty. “Stock is going out quicker than I can actually get it to the fridge!”

Matt’s a brewers’ brewer with a  respected track record. He grew up in Northamptonshire in the United Kingdom, but his first brewery job was at Blenheim’s Renaissance Brewing.

“I started bottling and keg-cleaning, and when I got the job I started brewing at home.”

Matt worked under former Champion Brewer Søren Eriksen. “I got to learn a lot from him. It went from there and eventually I moved into the brewery, and I ended up being the head brewer for the last two and half years I was there.”

Matt and his wife Selena then decided to open their own brewery.

“I ended up working for Panhead as head brewer and ops manager. I knew Upper Hutt City Council was being very proactive in getting brewers here and they want to see things work.”

“Upper Hutt used to have a lot of interesting manufacturing and it’s good to bring that back,” Matt adds.

Matt knew he’d found the right place when he saw the potential of the South Pacific Tyres Industrial Park brewing hub.

“I’d seen this place and liked the natural light and the length of the site with two entrances. (Lessor) Malcolm Gillies was good to work with and we were able to get two bays which gives us 1000 square metres.”

That’s enough room for a brewery, bar and kitchen – a one-stop-shop where guests can enjoy a meal, a beer, and watch the beer being made.

“When we moved to Upper Hutt we saw some opportunities to bring good beer and good food together. We’re smoking our own meat and doing food that you don’t find anywhere else in Upper Hutt.”

Brewpubs are popular with guests, but combining a brewery, restaurant, bar and off-licence on one site brings a wide range of compliance issues. Matt says Upper Hutt City Council has been proactive in working through the paperwork.

“The Council is good to work with. There’s a lot of loopholes you have to go through to get a place like this open.”

Boneface Brewing is currently employing eight people, with a new brewer starting soon, and plans to install more fermentation tanks to help keep up with the demand.

Craft beer is fast becoming an Upper Hutt icon. Since opening, the Boneface brewpub has been a hive of activity, proving popular with locals and visitors alike who are relishing the chance to get behind the scenes and enjoy fresh locally-brewed craft beer.

Boneface Brewing Co.
South Pacific Tyres Industrial Park Blenheim Street
Upper Hutt

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Last updated on 21 May 2018