About Wānaka’s first brewpub...
RxR is the brainchild of Jess Wolfgang and Simon Ross. Jess is a brewer, Simon an engineer - and the result is a small team brewing, packaging and distributing craft beers across New Zealand from our in-house production facility.
Simon designed and self-built our packaging lines, so it's pretty hands-on! The whole team helps to brew and pitch recipe ideas, and we’ve had some fantastic creations and collaborations from our bartenders, friends and neighbours over the years. We’re lucky to draw inspiration from the environment around us, as beautiful Wānaka is a gold mine of all the good stuff.
Brewing beer in Wanaka: Simon, Jess, Kate, Alex, Cal, Ben, Jonny, Beth, Jayson and another occasional wacky beetle or two.
The Start of Our Story.
This isn’t how it was meant to happen. Jess and Simon were going to move to Yamba, in New South Wales, and open Rhyme x Reason there. They both loved Wānaka, having spent many winters skiing the slopes and hanging out with family, but they had never spent a summer there. Luckily, before leaving for Australia, they did — and discovered there’s a lot more to Wānaka than its skifields, with the small town becoming a hive of activity under the glorious summer sun. And so NSW’s loss became Wānaka’s gain and they never really looked back.
Simon - Owner / Director / Engineer / Packaging Manager
Desert Island Beer : Rhyme x Reason's Boomshakalaka IPA
Jess - Owner / Director / Head Brewer
Desert Island Beer : Hunter Beer Co.'s Hunter Pale Ale
Alex - Jack of All Trades, but his name is Alex
Desert Island Beer : Heyday Beer Co.'s Agua Fresca Guava Sour
Kate - Sales x Marketing
Desert Island Beer : Rhyme X Reason's Mt. Alpha West Coast IPA
Cal - The Brewer
Desert Island Beer : Rhyme x Reason's Coconut X-mas
Ben - Brewer
Desert Island Beer: Grifter Brewery's Acid Drop or Rhyme x Reason's Sun's Out, Sour's Out
Jonny - Bartender
Desert Island Beer : Voyage to Nectaron
Jayson - Bartender
Desert Island Beer : Double Brown
Desert Island Beer : Do not give a damn about that, throw the fn stick.
Desert Island Beer : Does not give a damn about that, plz scratch my butt.
Desert Island Beer : Steak