New Zealand is named after the Dutch province of Zeelandt (meaning Sea Land). The name ‘Zeelandt’ (said Zay-land) reflects New Zealand’s enduring relationship with beer, since durable Dutch brown beer helped Abel Tasman and his thirsty crew make the long voyage to the South Pacific.
And just like beer has been a part of New Zealand since way back, it’s been a big part of the Zeelandt brewing family too. Head brewer Chris’ great great grandfather, Jesse Prestidge started a brewery in Hororata near Christchurch back in the late 1880’s. Now that family tradition lives on at Zeelandt Brewery.