Panhead Custom Ales
How we started
Panhead is New Zealand's very own craft brewing monster truck rally, putting the frighteners on anyone who thinks beer should mind its own business and cower behind the wine rack. Launched in 2013 out of the old Dunlop tyre factory in darkest Maidstone, we were embraced enthusiastically from the get go by Wellington's beer cognoscenti of beardy app developers, design grads and contractors from the Ministry of Social Development.
Starting with four stock beers of spot-hitting quality and consistency it wasn't long before we were turning out hopped-up, weirded-out specials every other week just to sate the demand of a public who wanted their tastebuds destroyed with every pint.
With a formidable reputation earned first as a home brewer and then commercially, Chief Beer Engineer Mike Neilson employs a resourcefulness honed building hotrods to strip back, rebuild and pimp out a beer anyway he sees fit. The country's finest brew crew is there to make it happen and maintain Panhead's legendary reputation for quality and consistency.
While we'll always call Upper Hutt home, Panhead knows that crappy beer is an international problem so we're colonising the globe as fast as we can. Australia has got the message already. Rest of the World, you've been warned.
What sets us apart
The Panhead Custom Ales crew has taken a practical creativity they honed building hot rods in Upper Hutt and directed it toward creating a full-on beer experience that's launched them to the vanguard of the kiwi craft scene. From clean, crisp pilsners to bracing sours and massive hop ordnance, there's no better guide to the stunning diversity of current beer science than Panhead.
Most famous style
Supercharger, an American Pale Ale and the #1 craft beer in New Zealand