Within the historic town of Waipu lies a boutique, independent brewery. Brothers Geoff and Clayton Gwynne started McLeod’s back in 2014, when they decided to brew their own beer for the Pizza Barn, which they had owned since 2003. Their aim was to produce world-class beers that offered a sense of place from their little slice of heaven in Northland, and to say they have succeeded seems like an understatement. Winning several major awards over the past few years, notably Champion International Small Brewery at the 2019 Australian International Brewing Awards, the world’s biggest beer competition, their future is looking bright.
Head brewer Jason Bathgate has been with McLeod’s since 2016, building a solid reputation for his unique talents across a range of beer styles. The beautiful artwork on McLeod’s seasonal brews is painted by grammy-nominated visual artist Sarah Larnach. Her skill with watercolours bring the McLeod’s beers to life on the bottle. The Cove Unfiltered Pale Ale has just been re-released, this time in cans, and features her work.