Brewing up a storm
March 25, 2019
Garage Project Brewery is turning eight years old this year rising to become an icon of Aro Valley.
Brothers Ian and Pete Gillespie created the brand at their small workshop in Lyall Bay. An upgrade and two venues later, the brewery found its home in an empty service station on Aro Street in August of 2011.
Garage Project’s original brews first tasted success through a bar called Hashigo Zake located on Taranaki Street, which serves a hub for underground craft beer said Aro St brewery shopkeeper Shelby Stoneburner.
It was the second brew called Trip-Hop which was the first success to which a further 24 were added.Eighty to Ninety percent of the products are brewed here on-site.
Over eight years Garage Project has created over 600 different types of beer and won the 2017 Brewers Guild of New Zealand award
A Garage Project brewery has started up in Hawkes Bay, a move which was made to open up space at the Aro Street brewery to maximise production, Stoneburner said.
A third location has opened up on Marion Street dubbed an Urban Winery which acts as a laboratory for product ideas.