About us

Welcome to Brewers World Great Expectations

We carry all of the Imake Quality products

Suppliers of Still Spirits quality spirit and liqueur making products

 Black Rock, Brewtec ,Lion and Mangrove Jack's beer making kits

Selections, Vintners Reserve, Chai Maison, World Vineyard  wine making kits.

Mad Millie Cheese Kits, Sausage Making kits,

We also carry the UFO Cold Smokers and a range of chips for the Cold Smoker

We are proud to offer you the best quality beer, wine, spirit and liqueur products available in New Zealand - complete with a 100% guarantee.

Please feel free to contact us if what you are looking for is not on the site we will do our best to get this for you! 

Our shop hours are 9am to 5pm - Monday to Friday On Saturday we are open from 9-00am to 4-00pm.
We are closed for quality control on Sundays and public holidays.
We have a fully stocked retail store where you can call in and view our wide range of products and ask any questions you may have about brewing or just "how do I get started?" 

You are also very welcome to come to our "Brewers Get Together" which is held on the last Thursday of the month at the store between 5pm - 8pm. Come for a chat and a drink, bring a friend!


We operate a CCTV system  that covers the all of the shop, the recordings are collected on a hard drive and off site. the purpose of the cameras is to protect us against shop lifting and burglary, All cameras are non covert

A bit about me...

Phil Hanlen

He was born and bred in Gisborne, and came to Wellington in 1972 and never left!

His  wife was responsible for getting him to home brewing and bought him his first beer starter kit in 1997 and so began his interest and passion for home brewing. After 30 years in the telecommunications industry, he decided to make a lifestyle change and bought the Great Expectations store in 2006.

I love dark beers, either a bock, porter or stout although these days I enjoy a good Tennessee Bourbon & Coke Zero. I'm a keen video/photographer always up for the odd road trip around our beautiful country and also enjoy the sport of geo-caching when I get the time.


Happy brewing,