About McLeod's Brewery

Surf, sand, Scottish heritage - it's all a part of the mix here!

If ever a brewery was born to endorse the world’s first kilt-required surfing competition, McLeod's Brewery is it. Of course, it hasn’t been all rainbows and longboards. It took us a while to get here.

We spent childhood summers burning our feet on the sand and riding waves in Waipu Cove. This slice of delicious Pacific paradise was home-away-from-home when we were wee ones, so when it came time to kick corporate life to the kerb, we knew where to go.

Waipu’s Pizza Barn was already a ‘thing’ when we bought it in 2003, but we quickly put our fingerprint on it (i.e. draped in more tartan than a McLeod within earshot of Dunvegan). We then hired half the village and worked right alongside them in the kitchen and at the bar - and still do! We even created a menu we loved. All was grand …except the beer.

Big fans of craft beer from travels abroad, we craved brews bold in flavour and wholly authentic. We also wanted to make it right out back. So we did.

Tapping into local immigrant Scottish heritage, we found a name (Brothers Gwynne Brewing didn't have quite the same ‘ring’). After launching in 2014 – with a few ‘starts’ and ‘stops’ - here we are and there you are reading this. You know what they say about overnight success, though? It takes ten years and then some. But it's all good, and we're enjoying the ride..

We now have a great ‘brew crew’ lead by Head Brewer Jason Bathgate who’s worked for no less than two champion New Zealand breweries. All of us work hard and love what we do. Not much more exciting than that, really. Truth be told, we’re pretty keen to get that surf compo organized. Like our beers, it could be great fun and nothing short of pure dead brilliant.


Geoff & Clayton Gwynne

Beers made by McLeod's Brewery

Longboarder Lager

German Pilsener

Paradise Pale Ale

American Pale Ale (APA)

Traders Scotch Ale

Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Tropical Cyclone Double IPA

American Double / Imperial IPA

Billycan Milk Stout

Seasonal Milk / Sweet Stout

Cove Unfiltered Pale Ale

Seasonal American Pale Ale (APA)

Cyclone Swell Unfiltered IPA

Seasonal American IPA

Hammock Solberry Saison

Seasonal Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Harvest Moon Dark IPA

Seasonal American IPA

Long Hot Summer Unfiltered Pale Ale

Seasonal American Pale Ale (APA)

Northern Light Lager

Seasonal Vienna Lager

Sunset Belgian Wit

Seasonal Witbier

Up North India Pale Ale

Seasonal American IPA

Van Life American Pale Ale

Seasonal American Pale Ale (APA)

White Sands White IPA

Seasonal American IPA

Wicker Basket Tropical Sour

Seasonal American Wild / Sour Ale

Brewery Contact

Phone Number

+6 49 432 1011