Shortjaw Brewing is a new team in an old brewery.
In 2021 they took over the old West Coast Brewery (Miner’s Brewery), in Westport New Zealand. Since then, they have set about revitalising the 30-year-old equipment, with new recipes and a new approach.
Founded by beer writer and author Luke Robertson, and partner Emma Bemrose, they have created a brewery that speaks to locals first.
Relocating from Melbourne to Luke’s hometown they teamed up with brewer Marc Gardiner to create three core range beers made using malt and hops entirely from the South Island. You’ll also find a rotating range of taproom beers that celebrate New Zealand’s place in the world of beer.
The name Shortjaw is borrowed from a species of Whitebait endemic to New Zealand; the Shortjaw kōkopu. Found in rivers and streams around the West Coast and where the Kawatiri Coastal Trail traverses; it is rarely seen, spending its time in shady spots in quiet areas.
It’s not a metaphor for them, it’s just a cool fish that they wanted to celebrate.
The team from Shortjaw will be providing finish line refreshments as well as having some tasty brews up for grabs as prizes.