A pioneer of craft breweries

Obituary: Geoff Logan.

Obituary: Geoff Logan.

Footballers will be attending Geoff Logan's funeral tomorrow to support his son Maxy, who will play in the Thistle match against Hastings Western Rangers. The kick-off has been moved to 3pm.

Sunshine Brewery founder Geoff “Lumpy” Logan died yesterday.

Mr Logan started the brewery in 1989 and owned it for 25 years — turning it into a gold medal-winning boutique brewery.

Gisborne Gold and Black Magic both won national awards.

Only weeks ago, Dylan Jauslin, a beer historian and writer of The Bottleneck blog, described Sunshine Brewery as the second-oldest craft brewery in the country, beaten only by a Taranaki brewery created earlier in 1989.

Mr Logan told The Herald he formed the company after deciding New Zealand beer was “somewhat lacking in quality”.

Gisborne had its own baker and — at the time — its own milk factory, but not a brewery since the days of Gold Top Brewery in Aberdeen Road.

It was no casual entry into the brewing business.

Mr Logan looked into the industry and undertook a feasibility study.

“I am really indebted to Richard Mulligan, who does all the nuts and bolts of the brewing,” he once said.

Farmer Gerald Maude was a co-owner of their Sunshine Brewery.

There was another motivation for Mr Logan in building his brewery.

After raising his two sons, he found himself with the luxury of wondering what he wanted to do with his life.

Mr Logan was a passionate surfer in his day, a strong supporter of Gisborne City Football Club and a popular member of the football community.

He was a long-serving committee member for Gisborne City, the club’s bar manager, club sponsor and a social player.

A stalwart of arch-rival club Thistle paid tribute to him today, describing him as “a good bugger”.

Geoff is survived by his wife Deb, three sons and a step-daughter.

Sunshine Brewery founder Geoff “Lumpy” Logan died yesterday.

Mr Logan started the brewery in 1989 and owned it for 25 years — turning it into a gold medal-winning boutique brewery.

Gisborne Gold and Black Magic both won national awards.

Only weeks ago, Dylan Jauslin, a beer historian and writer of The Bottleneck blog, described Sunshine Brewery as the second-oldest craft brewery in the country, beaten only by a Taranaki brewery created earlier in 1989.

Mr Logan told The Herald he formed the company after deciding New Zealand beer was “somewhat lacking in quality”.

Gisborne had its own baker and — at the time — its own milk factory, but not a brewery since the days of Gold Top Brewery in Aberdeen Road.

It was no casual entry into the brewing business.

Mr Logan looked into the industry and undertook a feasibility study.

“I am really indebted to Richard Mulligan, who does all the nuts and bolts of the brewing,” he once said.

Farmer Gerald Maude was a co-owner of their Sunshine Brewery.

There was another motivation for Mr Logan in building his brewery.

After raising his two sons, he found himself with the luxury of wondering what he wanted to do with his life.

Mr Logan was a passionate surfer in his day, a strong supporter of Gisborne City Football Club and a popular member of the football community.

He was a long-serving committee member for Gisborne City, the club’s bar manager, club sponsor and a social player.

A stalwart of arch-rival club Thistle paid tribute to him today, describing him as “a good bugger”.

Geoff is survived by his wife Deb, three sons and a step-daughter.

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Steff glass - 28 days ago
Rest in peace Geoff. Your family in Australia. Love to deb big hugs

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