Boundary Road Brewery scoured the globe to find the perfect candidate to travel to New Zealand and create its newest range – and they've found their "genius" in the deep south of the US.
Brian “Spike” Buckowski hails from Athens, Georgia, where he's brewmaster and cofounder at the award-winning Terrapin Beer Company.
He beat out 80 other beer enthusiasts who applied and will be winging his way to our shores next month to begin a month-long sabbbatical.
The three bespoke craft beers he comes up with will make up a new range called ‘The Resident’, and will be released for sale from July.
"Craft beer is massive in the US – we brew any style of craft beer imaginable and have more breweries than any other country in the world. Craft beer is my passion, and I’m excited to bring some American flair to the kiwi brewing scene as well as experimenting with New Zealand hops which are world-renowned," he says.
“I’ve never travelled down under before and I hear it’s a spectacular place, so as well as trying some of the craft beer available, I’m looking forward to travelling around to check out what New Zealand has to offer.”
Ben Shaw, Boundary Road Brewery marketing manager, says Spike is a brewing genius and has both the experience and qualifications to match.
“Kiwis love good craft beer and this is reflected in the ever-increasing market here. Spike’s been tasked to provide New Zealanders with ‘The Resident’ range of brews to take the nation by storm – we can’t wait to taste what he creates.”