Sprig & Fern Crew

About Sprig & Fern Taverns

An idea born out of necessity.

Way back in 2006 when we opened our first Tavern, most of the taps in virtually all of the pubs throughout New Zealand were strictly controlled by one or other of the two big breweries, and served only what some would now refer to as "bland, mainstream beer". Meanwhile, a craft beer revolution was underway and an increasingly large (yet still rather small) portion of the drinking public were crying out for real beer - beer with flavour!

Real craft beer and cider, brewed in Nelson.

Over at the Sprig & Fern Brewery, situated in Richmond, Nelson, we'd been busy brewing great craft beer and ciders for some years, and we needed a way to make our products available to an enthusiastic beer-loving audience. You can probably see where we're going with all this...

Independently owned Taverns serving real craft beer

This simple concept has proved very popular and there are now six independently owned Sprig & Fern Taverns in the Nelson region, and another two in Wellington. All of our taverns very deliberately have no TVs, pokie machines or pool tables. What they do have is a welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere, and plenty of places to relax, unwind and talk with your mates over a beer, wine or cup of coffee.

Some of our key people

Tracy Banner

Tracy Banner

Chances are if you've heard of the Sprig & Fern, you've heard of its owner and head brewer, Tracy Banner. Tracy has amassed more than 30 years experience in the brewing industry, and played a very significant role in the birth and rise of craft beer in New Zealand.
Tracy and her husband Ken own the Sprig & Fern Brewery, and the Milton Street Tavern.

Sprig & Fern Brewery team

The Brewery Team

Tracy is ably assisted by her Brewing team. Nelsonian Gary has been working in breweries for longer than he can remember. Mark, often seen moonlighting as the Tahuna Tavern Quizmaster, started at the cellar door before joining the Brewery team 4 years ago and John, who came over from Ireland, is an accomplished home brewer. Collectively they have over fifty years of commercial brewing experience.

Jeanette Swift

Jeanette Swift

Our Sales Manager, Jeanette joined us in 2014 after six years as a Regional Manager with Hospitality New Zealand, where she assisted licensee members with employment matters, liquor legislation and other operational queries.
Outside of work Jeanette spends most of her time either walking or cleaning up muddy paw prints around the house made by Buster, her Boxer puppy.