The Sunshine Brewery story

The Sunshine Brewery story starts way back in the 1980s when beer loving Kiwis were sadly lacking in options to indulge their passion for good quality handcrafted brews.

Back in 1989 out east in Gisborne a couple of surfing mates started messing around with brewing. Before they knew it there were on a quest to create the perfect lager to help them cope with Gisborne’s famously long hot summers.

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Pretty soon they realised they were onto something good, so they shelved their surfboards, named their shed ‘The Sunshine Brewery’ and committed themselves full-time to crafting the perfect brew.

Their session lager Gisborne Gold quickly attracted cult-like status in Gisborne and beyond, showing up in big city bars like Wellington’s Bar Bodega. Through the 90s and 2000s ‘Gizzy Gold’ won a bunch of gold medals and best of show trophies.


Twenty five years and dozens of long hot summers later, Sunshine Brewery has been refreshed with new investment and energy. The revitalised Sunshine range is again showing up around the country where it belongs. No longer Gisborne’s best kept secret.

Look out for our limited release Sunrise Project beers.