About Craftwork Brewery

We're a small idiosyncratic nano brewery in a love affair with Belgium ♡. All our beers are brewed in small batches using traditional brewing techniques and are made to savour and enjoy.

Our Tasting Room and Brewery is located in the heart of the Victorian Precinct of Oamaru amidst small shops, galleries, restaurants and artisan crafts. Aside from our beers, we also offer a selection of natural wines and seasonal specialty food to match the handcrafted beers—for lunch, throughout the afternoon, as a small dinner or starter before going out to one of the local restaurants.

And finally, for those keen to know more about the brewery, we offer brewery tours too, a 'Must-do while in Oamaru'!

Craftwork beers line-up

Our beers and beer styles

Brewing our beers is a labour of love, with our fast beers taking at least two months and the slower ones three or more years to brew and age to perfection.

Farmhouse ales and Saisons, Mixed Fermentation Barrel Aged Saison / Farmhouse ales, Abbey ales, Spontaneously fermented and Barrel-aged Flanders ‘sour’ beers, Belgian Specialty ales... we make most Belgian styles.

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Food and drinks

Aside from our Belgian-style beers, we also offer natural wines, pub-style specialty snacks to accompany our beers for lunch or as a starter or small meal.

Our taps and wine list change regularly (due to the small batch sizes), so there's always something new to try.

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Brewing spontaneously fermented sour beer

Our brew journey

We began in 2014 with a 50 litre capacity, quickly growing to 200 litres. Since the move to our new premises in 2022, a brew day in Oamaru yields 500 litres.

Kindly, our friends Jess and Simon at Rhyme and Reason Brewery in Wanaka allow us to use a larger fermenter there, giving us a larger yield on some of our “clean” beers.

  • Starting capacity in 2014

    50 litres

  • Current capacity

    500 litres

Michael O’Brien and Lee-Ann Scotti

Our brewers

In 2014, Michael O’Brien and Lee-Ann Scotti foolishly chose to ignore Richard Emerson’s advice: "Don’t go commercial!” They’ve been brewing, cleaning and administrating almost every day since.

'With both of us coming from an artisanal, "home spun" background, our love for tradition forms the perfect basis for our brewing partnership,' they say.

Our stockists

You can find our beers in a few supermarkets in most cities, and also in the following stores:

Liquorland Centre City

95A Hanover Street
Centre City, Dunedin
(03) 477 4433

Forrest Hill Liquorland

252 Forrest Hill Road
Forrest Hill, Auckland
(09) 449 0250

Newmarket Liquorland

480 Broadway
Newmarket, Auckland
(09) 529 2286

Regional Wines & Spirits

15 Ellice Street
Basin Reserve, Wellington
(04) 385 6952

If you’re interested in stocking our beer, contact our distributor:

Punky Brewster

22b Tyne Street
Christchurch 8011
(03) 348 8509


We are happy to ship to wherever you are within New Zealand:

Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Greymouth, Hamilton, Invercargill, Motueka, Napier, Nelson, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Rotorua, Tauranga, Timaru, Queenstown, Wanaka, Wellington, Whanganui, Whangarei...