The Hot Water Brewing Company was established in 2013 and become one of the early adopters of canning craft beers. In fact, the company chose to exclusively use this method for its beers.
Its name derives from its proximity to Hot Water Beach, a coastal area known for its unique hot water phenomenon at low tide. The initial brewing lineup was shaped by Dave Kurth, a brewer who had previously worked in several notable breweries internationally. He introduced a selection of craft beers, combining malts from different parts of the world with both New Zealand and international hops.
Over time, beers such as the Golden Steamer and Walker’s Porter became integral to their offering. The brewery, while small and situated in a less populated region, has managed to cater both to the local community and cities like Wellington and Auckland, especially during off-peak tourist seasons.
From Local Roots to Global Ambitions
In 2022, a new chapter unfolded for the Hot Water Brewing Company when it was purchased by the Horton Family. No strangers to embracing ventures with zeal, the Hortons saw the potential in the already established brewery and were eager to infuse it with fresh energy and vision. Under their stewardship, there’s a palpable ambition to rejuvenate and fortify the brand’s standing in the craft beer realm.
The family has been meticulous in their approach, working diligently on refining designs and honing recipes. With an eye on the future, they’ve set their sights on releasing an exciting range of products to the market in early 2024. The upcoming range is not just a testament to their commitment but also a sneak peek into the innovative direction the company is heading towards.
The path ahead for The Hot Water Brewing Company is both promising and exhilarating. With the dedication and expertise of the Horton Family at the helm, the company is poised to solidify its stature as a premium craft beer brand, not just within New Zealand, but on the global stage as well. The journey of the brewery, from its roots in Whenuakite to its promising future, exemplifies the evolution of a brand with tradition, innovation, and ambition at its core.