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Producing craft beer since 2003 and still standing proud in Marlborough, New Zealand.

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Producing craft beer since 2003 and still standing proud in Marlborough, New Zealand.

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Our Story


The Moa Brewing Company was founded in 2003 by Josh Scott, the son of renowned Marlborough winemaker Allan Scott, with a focus on brewinghandcrafted beers.

 

The Moa brewery is situated among the vineyards in the world famous winemaking region of Marlborough, New Zealand, which isn’t surprising considering Josh is also a winemaker and according to him, “It takes a lot of beer to make a good wine”.

 

The name “Moa” (pronounced “more”) also derives from the region as early settlers to the area hunted Moa (New Zealand’s extinct giant flightless bird), which were in huge abundance in the Wairau Valley.  Josh even hand delivered early trial brews to archaeologists working a Moa bone dig near the brewery.  Unlike the Moa, the archaeologists survived.

 

The international multi-award winning range of Moa beers and ciders are proudly brewed using traditional, costly, inefficient and labour intensive techniques with a focus on local ingredients, including internationally renowned New Zealand hops.

 

Made the way beer used to be made before everyone started making it differently, most of our beers are rounded off through the use of winemaking techniques, such as bottle conditioning where a small amount of active yeast and priming sugar is added to the brew just before bottling (like Champagne). This is why you may find some sediment at the bottom of each bottle.  This traditional technique naturally carbonates the beer, significantly enhances shelf life and longevity, creates dynamic and complex flavours that change over time (like a good wine), and gives the beer an elegant, champagne-like mouthfeel.

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Our Story


The Moa Brewing Company was founded in 2003 by Josh Scott, the son of renowned Marlborough winemaker Allan Scott, with a focus on brewinghandcrafted beers.

 

The Moa brewery is situated among the vineyards in the world famous winemaking region of Marlborough, New Zealand, which isn’t surprising considering Josh is also a winemaker and according to him, “It takes a lot of beer to make a good wine”.

 

The name “Moa” (pronounced “more”) also derives from the region as early settlers to the area hunted Moa (New Zealand’s extinct giant flightless bird), which were in huge abundance in the Wairau Valley.  Josh even hand delivered early trial brews to archaeologists working a Moa bone dig near the brewery.  Unlike the Moa, the archaeologists survived.

 

The international multi-award winning range of Moa beers and ciders are proudly brewed using traditional, costly, inefficient and labour intensive techniques with a focus on local ingredients, including internationally renowned New Zealand hops.

 

Made the way beer used to be made before everyone started making it differently, most of our beers are rounded off through the use of winemaking techniques, such as bottle conditioning where a small amount of active yeast and priming sugar is added to the brew just before bottling (like Champagne). This is why you may find some sediment at the bottom of each bottle.  This traditional technique naturally carbonates the beer, significantly enhances shelf life and longevity, creates dynamic and complex flavours that change over time (like a good wine), and gives the beer an elegant, champagne-like mouthfeel.

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Our Brewers


Meet the guys responsible for brewing the beer.

Josh Scott, a winemaker by trade, founded Moa Brewing Co. in 2003. He discovered his passion for craft beer while studying winemaking in France and California. When he moved back to Marlborough he was unsatisfied with the current beer offerings in N.Z. and set out to recreate a few of the craft brews he tried overseas. Using some of his father’s old winemaking gear out back, he started Moa Beer. Josh has since become New Zealand’s only qualified Cicerone, the rest, as they say, is history.

David has been brewing for over 30 years, training in London, Berlin and Amsterdam, working within some of the World’s largest breweries. After growing tired of the corporate beer world, David made his return to New Zealand. He ending up running into Josh at the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival where he was sampling some of Josh’s beer and told him exactly what he thought of it. Josh challenged David to do better and the following Monday morning David showed up and did just that. He hasn’t looked back.

 

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Our Brewers


Meet the guys responsible for brewing the beer.

Josh Scott, a winemaker by trade, founded Moa Brewing Co. in 2003. He discovered his passion for craft beer while studying winemaking in France and California. When he moved back to Marlborough he was unsatisfied with the current beer offerings in N.Z. and set out to recreate a few of the craft brews he tried overseas. Using some of his father’s old winemaking gear out back, he started Moa Beer. Josh has since become New Zealand’s only qualified Cicerone, the rest, as they say, is history.

David has been brewing for over 30 years, training in London, Berlin and Amsterdam, working within some of the World’s largest breweries. After growing tired of the corporate beer world, David made his return to New Zealand. He ending up running into Josh at the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival where he was sampling some of Josh’s beer and told him exactly what he thought of it. Josh challenged David to do better and the following Monday morning David showed up and did just that. He hasn’t looked back.

 

Josh Scott Moa Beer Founder

JOSH SCOTT
Founder & Cicerone

Josh Scott, a winemaker by trade, founded Moa Brewing Co. in 2003. He discovered his passion for craft beer while studying winemaking in France and California.

When he moved back to Marlborough he was unsatisfied with the current beer offerings in N.Z. and set out to recreate a few of the craft brews he tried overseas. Using some of his father’s old winemaking gear out back, he started Moa Beer. Josh has since become New Zealand’s only qualified Cicerone, the rest, as they say, is history.

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David Nicholls Moa Beer Head Brewer

DAVID NICHOLLS
Head Brewer

David has been brewing for over 30 years, training in London, Berlin and Amsterdam, working within some of the World’s largest breweries.
After growing tired of the corporate beer world, David made his return to New Zealand. He ending up running into Josh at the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival where he was sampling some of Josh’s beer and told him exactly what he thought of it. Josh challenged David to do better and the following Monday morning David showed up and did just that. He hasn’t looked back.
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Our Cellar Door


Check out our Cellar Door and what special brews we have pouring in Blenheim today.

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Our Cellar Door


Check out our Cellar Door and what special brews we have pouring in Blenheim today.

Visitors Welcome

Open 11am—5pm or late
7 days

Tastings & sales of our international award winning range of our handcrafted beer and cider. We cater for tour groups and private functions. Outside beer garden and BBQ facilities available.

258 Jacksons Road
RD3, Blenheim
Marlborough, New Zealand

Cellar Door Phone: +64 3 572 5146
info@moabeer.com

Tours available on application and subject to production schedules.