Brewing begins!

After 12 years of working in event management Malcolm discovers the joys of brewing using a basic brewery set up in his garage. ‘The whole process of brewing fascinated me. The fact that it was just as much a science as an art and ther...

Logo and packaging design

Cargo’s innovative and distinctive design is credited to MakeBardo, a creative design industry based in Queenstown.  Moving far away from the stereotypical beer labels, Luis Viale & Bren Imboden created a simple and empathetic design which bre...

The Bedford joins the family

After many months Malcolm managed to persuade Meron to be part of turning a 1971 Bedford TK into a mobile brewing and food truck. Meron, who happens to be a chef by trade, took on the challenge on the condition the food would be innovative, fresh and...

First commercial beer produced

After a year of working on the recipes of the Cargo Classic Range – Lager, Pilsner, Pale Ale and IPA – Malcolm handed the reigns over to Invercargill Brewery who produced the first 2,000 litre commercial batches and the beer entered the m...

We find our home in Gibbston

After years of looking, Cargo finally found its home!  The stunning Waitiri Creek became available and in November 2017 Cargo moved in and transformed the venue into a unique tasting room with plans for the best beer garden in New Zealand....

Party Time!

To launch Cargo’s new beer and to celebrate the end of the summer Cargo invited The Black Seeds to perform in April 2018 at their first live music concert. 2000 people enjoyed a beautiful day, great sounds and tasty beer...

Hop Farm established

With plenty of space available at Waitiri Creek, the home of Cargo Brewery, the decision was made to pioneer hop growing in a region otherwise known for grapes. 100 hop plants were planted in October 2018 and hops will be used for fresh hop beer to b...

More concerts

Cargo’s reputation as an open air music venue grew as guests enjoyed gigs with Carl Cox in November 2018 and Fatboy Slim in February 2019. ...

Time to relax? Not yet

Cargo is now 4 years old but our story has only just begun…...