Craft beer pioneers Brew Moon turn 15

Brew Moon's Belinda Gould, Oscar McCauley, and Toby McCauley toast to 15 years
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Brew Moon's Belinda Gould, Oscar McCauley, and Toby McCauley toast to 15 years

Amberley's Brew Moon celebrates 15-years of craft brewing this month.

Brew Moon is one of the pioneers of the craft beer scene. Founded by husband and wife Kieran McCauley and Belinda Gould, they now have their sons, Toby and Oscar, working alongside them.

Kieran and Belinda were originally inspired by the American craft brewing scene when the family lived in California in the late 1990s.

The current site of Brew Moon in Amberley.
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The current site of Brew Moon in Amberley.

"Craft brewing was really taking off in California but there want much of it happening here," Gould said.

When they returned to New Zealand, Belinda continued her day job as a winemaker while Kieran, a former racehorse trainer, and original brewer Carl Hadler set up the brewery in the old Cider Garden facility just outside Amberley.

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The former site of Brew Moon on the state highway south of Amberley.
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The former site of Brew Moon on the state highway south of Amberley.

The doors opened in October 2002. Plenty has changed in the New Zealand craft beer scene since then but there has only been one major change for Brew Moon.

In 2015 it made the moved from SH1 south of Amberley to a new site on Markham St. The move brought the business back to being more of a brewery than a restaurant that served craft beer, Gould said, with a tap room and a pizza oven on site making wood-fired pizzas.

"The focus is on what we do, which is beer, and the pizza's work well.

A woodfired pizza on its way to hungry patrons at Brew Moon
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A woodfired pizza on its way to hungry patrons at Brew Moon

"It is great to be able to talk directly to people over the bar.

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"We have 16 taps and a good range of our beers so hopefully something for everybody.

The relocation to a bigger brewing site also provided the opportunity for the family to all work together.

The bar at Brew Moon in  Amberley
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The bar at Brew Moon in Amberley

"The family aspect is great to have all four of us involved and working on the product."

Brew Moon has been canning for two years since the shift and has since moved to producing 330ml "one serve cans".

To celebrate the 15th year, the cans now also feature refreshed label artwork, designed by barman Jamie McKie.

Plenty of decisions to be made selecting a beer
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Plenty of decisions to be made selecting a beer

"We had generic labels with different colours but now they all have their own personality," Gould said.

November will have a special Movember brew called Fuzzy Cuzzy.

With discounted ingredients from their suppliers, Oscar said it had enabled them to make more profit on the special brew, 100 per cent of the profits of which would go to charity.

"It will be released at the start of November and it should be finished by the end of the month," he said.

 - Stuff

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