Come join us Saturday 31st October for our Annual Day of the Dead Street Fiesta! 

If you can't make it down on the 31st of October for the official Garage Project Day of the Dead Fiesta at Golding's Free Dive and Hannah's Laneway - then do not despair! The 2015 batches of Day of the Dead and La Calavera Catrina will be available at some great spots across NZ and Australia around that time. Check the list below and tune in on their channels for more details and release dates. More venues to be confirmed in the coming weeks! 


One Fat Bird -
Malthouse -
Bebemos -
Bin 44 -
Southern Cross Garden Bar Restaurant -
Kelburn Village Pub

Brothers Beer -
Vultures' Lane -
Frieda Margolis - (available 30th October!)

Twisted Hop Pub -
Pomeroy's Old Brewery Inn -

Monica Loves - Napier

Smiths -



Beer Deluxe Fed Square -  
Carwyn Cellars -  

Harts Pub -
Local Taphouse Darlinghurst -

Dutch Trading Co. -      
Bob’s Bar -


Western Australia:

Dutch Trading Co. 
The Pour House
Cellarbrations Superstore Hamilton Hill
Cellarbrations Victoria Park
Cellarbrations Carlisle
The Freo Doctor
The Liquor Shed
Old Bridge Cellars
Mane Liquor
Cape Cellars
Copper and Oak
De Vine Cellars
Dainty Dowager
Ballajura IGA
Scarborough Cellars
Swanbourne Cellars
Rosemount Hotel
International Beer Shop
Budburst Small Bar
Liquor Barons Ocean Reef
Willagee Liquor Store
Treasury Buildings
Cellarbrations Capel


Beer Deluxe Hawthorn
Purvis Surrey Hills
Purvis Richmond
Grain and Grape Yarraville
Acland Cellars
Williamstown Fine Wine
Grape and Grain Moorabbin
Nillumbik Cellars
Chas Cole
Coach House Ale
Bottles and Barrels


Black Bunny Kitchen
Redbrick Hawthorne
XO Cellars Noosa
XO Cellars Sunshine
Mort Estate
Bine Beer Bar
Vine at Cleveland
Phoenix Hotel
QA Hotel
Craft Wine Store
Malt Traders Emporium
Wooly Mammoth
Brisbane Brewing Co.

New South Wales:

Clock Hotel
Marlborough Hotel
Camperdown Cellars Parramatta Rd
Stanmore Cellars



Both beers will also be available in 330ml can, 650ml bottle and FYO at select bottle stores throughout Australasia.


El Dia de los Muertos

October 31 2012

For el Dia de los Muertos - Mexico’s Day of the Dead, it gives us great pleasure to announce the return of an old friend, and introduce to you his little sister.

Last year’s Dia de los Muertos provided one of the most memorable nights of the 24/24 with the launch of the Day of the Dead - a strong black lager inspired by the Aztec beverage xocolatl, “a bitter, frothy, spicy drink” combining cocoa and chilli.

This year we’ve brewed Day of the Dead again, this time on our big kit. We made a special effort with this brew to source as many authentic Mexican ingredients as possible, with Mexican cocoa and smoked chipotle chilli going into the brew.

The finished beer was then rested on Mexican vanilla pods, more chipotle, agave syrup (the basis of Tequila) and raw cocoa nibs sourced from Whittaker’s Chocolate. The result is a smooth and complex mix of smoke, chocolate and restrained chili heat that builds as you drink. I’m happy with the result, which I think might be even more balanced and complex than last year’s offering.

We’re also excited to introduce a new beer especially brewed for this year’s Dia de los Muertos. La Calevera Catrina, the elegant skull, little sister to our original dead head.

La Catrina is as blonde as Day of the Dead is dark, but she’s no lightweight. The base beer is a blonde lager with a cheeky, even ironic addition of maize. Maize is an ingredient you’d normally associate with much blander lager offerings, but here it is fired up with a generous addition of organic Habanero chillis, giving Calevera a far more assertive chilli heat than the smoky chipotle of her brother. To this blonde chilli base went an addition of rose water and watermelon. The result is a complex and surprising beer we think can stand proudly beside the Day of the Dead. Cheeky, ironic, complex and firey – what more could you want in the Lady of Death? We hope you’ll give her a warm welcome.

This Día de los Muertos, November 1, Day of the Dead will be available in good craft beer bars around New Zealand. La Calevera Catrina will be available in limited supply at Hashigo Zake the following night, Friday November 2.