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Our Story

2015

Brewing begins!

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 there was so much to learn about it. Brewing was a hobby for me back then but the beer industry had me captivated from that point’.

2015

Logo and packaging design

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 breaks down the gender stereotypes linked to beer and focuses instead on the essentials of the product.  The Cargo design has been featured in design magazines and blogs around the world and has won various awards.

2015

The Bedford joins the family

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 healthy. And so the mobile Cargo Brewery & Kitchen hit the streets.

2016

First commercial beer produced

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 market. Malcolm would go down to the bigger brewery and help brew to get a better idea of the processes and scale. ‘I remember being hit with equal doses of excitement and fear when I saw cases and cases of my beer being bottled and realising that I now had to sell it all!’ The Cargo Classic range is now brewed by bStudio in 20,000 litre batches.

2017

We find our home in Gibbston

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.

2017

Party Time!

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

2018

Hop Farm established

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 be sold at the cellar door and at events.

2018

More concerts

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. 

2019

Time to relax? Not yet

Time to relax? Not yet

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

Our story has only just begun.

Our Philosophy

We believe in fresh, locally sourced ingredients for both our Brewery and Kitchen. We believe that people are unique and so should be the products we offer. We push ourselves by creating new recipes which will inspire and excite.

The Beers

Terms and Conditions

Customers must be over 18

You must be 18 years of age or older to use this website

REFUND POLICY

Refund Policy

Please check your order carefully as items are non-refundable

Exchanges

Beer and cider products and gift cards are non-exchangeable. We will replace clothing and merchandise items if they are defective, damaged, or the wrong size has been chosen. To arrange an exchange please email [email protected]. If 30 days have gone by since your purchase, unfortunately we can’t offer you an exchange.

PRIVACY POLICY

PRIVACY STATEMENT

SECTION 1 – WHAT DO WE DO WITH YOUR INFORMATION?

When you purchase something from our store, as part of the buying and selling process, we collect the personal information you give us such as your name, address and email address.

When you browse our store, we also automatically receive your computer’s internet protocol (IP) address in order to provide us with information that helps us learn about your browser and operating system.

Email marketing (if applicable): With your permission, we may send you emails about our store, new products and other updates.

SECTION 2 – CONSENT

How do you get my consent?

When you provide us with personal information to complete a transaction, verify your credit card, place an order, arrange for a delivery or return a purchase, we imply that you consent to our collecting it and using it for that specific reason only. If we ask for your personal information for a secondary reason, like marketing, we will either ask you directly for your expressed consent, or provide you with an opportunity to say no.

How do I withdraw my consent?

If after you opt-in, you change your mind, you may withdraw your consent for us to contact you, for the continued collection, use or disclosure of your information, at anytime, by contacting us at [email protected] or mailing us at:

SECTION 3 – DISCLOSURE

We may disclose your personal information if we are required by law to do so or if you violate our Terms of Service.

SECTION 4 – AGE OF CONSENT

By using this site, you represent that you are over 18 years old. Please drink responsibly.

QUESTIONS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

If you would like to: access, correct, amend or delete any personal information we have about you, register a complaint, or simply want more information contact us at [email protected]