Big Small Local

 

We brew our beer in the Bay of Plenty with big flavours on our tiny brew system, chuck it in big ass cans, and it’s enjoyed by our local Tauranga community. We don’t filter our beer and it contains no artificial flavours, preservatives or animal products, she’s all natural baby.
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Taproom Now Open


Every Friday 12pm-8pm

Come down for a pint or some takeaways of our tasty beers.
We have six beers on tap and pints priced from $7.00, Growlers and also takeaways of our big ass cans

1/20 Brook Street, Tauranga

The Regulars

Naked City

Pineapple | Hoppy | Balanced
40 IBU | 5.4% ABV

Exposed, bare, raw, bald, all natural.
This is a stripped back and easy to drink IPA. It’s lower in alcohol than most IPAs and contains a shit ton of late addition hops. We use mosaic and motueka hops to generate the hoppy flavour and tropical pineapple aromas.

No shirt, no shoes, no pants, no problem.

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Fool's Gold

Malty | Crisp | Smashable
22 IBU | 5.0% ABV

We love hops as much as the next hipster, but sometimes you need a change of pace. When you find yourself craving a clean balanced and malty beer, grab yourself one of our Fool’s Gold Vienna lagers.

We use all New Zealand ingredients including pilsner, vienna, munich and aurora malts to give the beer a beautiful amber colour with malty aromas and flavours. We also add a small amount of NZ hops at the beginning of the boil to balance out the malt sweetness.

This beer is smooth and will sneak up on you; careful there big fella.

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Fool's Gold

SMASHED Ginger

Ginger | Pale | Sessionable
11 IBU | 4.0% ABV

After consulting with local baby boomers, we have discovered that anything with smashed in the name will get millenials to open their wallets without a second thought. So ditch the flat white and pair this with your smashed avocado on bruschetta with feta and pomegranate puree and forget about ever getting on the property ladder.

This is a highly sessionable crowd pleasing number, especially on a hot summers day. Lashings of fresh grated root ginger is the main contributor to this simple, clean lager. Your first sip will be full of ginger aroma and flavour.

Single malt and single hop (SMASHED) Makes this our simplest recipe yet.

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SMASHED Ginger

Home Grown

Citrus | Delicate | Refreshing
32 IBU | 4.5% ABV

The baby of our bunch. This beer, like our country, punches above it’s weight.
An all New Zealand ingredient NZ Pale Ale with four hops this citrusy refreshing delight is packed with flavour and will leave you wanting more.

Serving suggestion; puncture can with key, drink responsibly.

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Ace of Spades

Silky | Coffee | Chocolate
32 IBU | 5.4% ABV

Blacker than your ex girlfriends heart, blacker than booze poos, and blacker than the mount that time it burned down; this is our Ace of Spades Oatmeal Stout.

We hit on all the classic stout characteristics by using roasted and chocolate malts that bring forward a nice roasted aroma with hints of coffee and mild chocolate on the palate. The thick brown head and silky texture add to the experience of this full flavoured stout.

Our serving suggestion is to enjoy this bad boy in your jammies on your couch.

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Ace of Spades

Limited Release


Cans and kegs of our seasonal and experimental beer.

Basically, whatever we bloody well feel like!

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Limited Release

Our Story

 

From Plastic buckets to stainless tanks and everything in between

 

Zach’s Story

My story starts in 2008 when I tried my first craft beer Tuatara Heffe, it transformed my belief that all beers tasted the same and from then on in the back of my mind I knew I wanted to be part of the industry in some shape or another.

In 2015 I chucked in my job in HR and left Perth for Tauranga, where I grew up. This was the perfect opportunity to dip my toes into the hobby of home brewing. I caught the bug almost instantly, even though the brown ale I brewed with my flatmate tasted like paint thinner. My second beer was a wheat beer and though it tasted a lot better, I had a few issues with exploding bottles. From there my home brewing was a whirlwind and I quickly invested in a keg system and built my own all grain system. Shit was getting real and the equipment was taking up a full room of me and my girlfriends flat.

In late 2017, we bought a house together. I had briefly been involved with another local brewery but that had come to an end. With the purchase of the new house, I saw an oppurtunity to increase my home brew capacity and start brewing on a semi professional level. We had no garage in the new house, but we did have a small 10m2 shed in the back yard which needed to be moved. We did all the prep work ourselves and poured the concrete. With that, the name Slab Brewing was born.

I had been slowly piecing together a small 250L brewery with new equipment from China. As with most things in my life, I lost a little control and bought WAAAAY too much equipment for our tiny little shed under the deck. I had to scramble to find a space that would work. I found the little 40m2 lockup we are in now and had to do some major renovations. Lucky our landlord is relaxed as we have cut some pretty big holes in his property.

I have always had a thing for simple and minimal design and this philosophy carries all the way through the brewery. I try to create simple Beers that have big flavours but are easy to drink. We put the style of the beer first and foremost on our cans so you know what you are getting when you are in the liquor store or at the pub. Finally, we only sell our beer locally in Tauranga and the surrounding areas so you know , it’s fresh, you’re supporting the local community, and you know where I am if there are any issues.


Nathan’s Story

I started brewing in 2005, when at Uni in Auckland. My flatmates and I started brewing with a plastic bucket and a $10 brewkit from the supermarket and put the beer into 2.25L coke bottles. It was always very popular at our parties but that was probably because it was free, not because it was any good.

We moved to the UK in 2011 where I gained an appreciation for beers other than Heineken and Lion Red. The craft beer scene was in full swing over there with so many different styles to sample and enjoy. This got me thinking about brewing better beer and when we moved back from the UK it was time to get back into brewing.

In 2014 we moved down to Tauranga to take over the family business and start a family. I started playing around with extract brewing and partial mash brews but it wasn’t until my Dad bought a grainfather that the beer really started to improve. I even received the comment “this beer is actually drinkable” from the second brew through the grainfather.

In early 2015, Zach came round one night to talk to me about homebrew, as he wanted to get into brewing. After a few samples, he was hooked and set off to build himself a brewing system. From there it was a bit of an arms race between us; Zach bought a keg fridge, I bought a keg fridge. I bought a grainfather, Zach bought a grainfather. Then Zach one upped me by starting a brewery. I couldn’t compete with that so when Zach asked if I wanted to join him, well, there was no way I was going to say no. Timing wasn’t ideal, with our second son only a few weeks old, but a very understanding and supportive wife gave me the go ahead “we’ll make it work”.

That brings us to where we are now, at the beginning of a new business partnership and the start of our first brewery expansion!

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Phone :

022 322 3817

Email :

bigcans@slabbrewing.co.nz

Address :

1/20 Brook Street
Merivale, Tauranga