Home' The Wellingtonian : July 14th 2011 Contents A pint of Aro Valley's finest
By REBECCA THOMSON
Beer barons: Peter Gillespie and Jos Ruffell are excited about introducing new beer flavours to Wellingtonians.
Photo: REBECCA THOMSON
From a petrol station to a boutique brewery
Something tasty is brewing in Aro
Wellingtonians Peter Gillespie
and Jos Ruffell have set up a
micro-brewery in the former Shell
The space has been spruced up
and brewing equipment,
refrigerators and sinks installed.
Wellington City Council consent
allows the brewery to produce up
to 200 litres of beer a week.
Mr Gillespie said it was likely
they would start with 50-litre
batches, which would be sold
under the name Garage Project.
This won't even be micro-
brewing, it'll truly be a nano-
brewery,'' said Mr Gillespie. You
can experiment and try things
with a 50-litre brew that you
wouldn't dream of trying with a
After a decade working in brew-
eries in Britain and Australia, Mr
Gillespie decided to return to Wel-
lington to set up his own brewery.
This is what I've been wanting
experiment with styles and push
He hopes to produce a range of
beers, including ales and low-
Just because it's low-alcohol,
doesn't mean it has to taste bad.
Our emphasis will always be on
I'm happy to produce low-
alcohol beer. You can have 3.2 per
cent beer and it can be pleasant,
and not low in flavour.''
Mr Gillespie said they would
also be making high-alcohol beers.
Craft beers were becoming more
popular as people's tastes were
changing, he said.
I do wonder if the wine indus-
try paved the way. People now
look for different flavours in wine
and that is happening for beer
He said after the closure of the
Lion Nathan Macs brewery on
Wellington waterfront, it was
important to set up something in
Having a local beer resonates
with people. They want to see
where their beer comes from and
chat with the brewer.
Aro Valley is a great com-
munity and it's a productive com-
munity. There's a baker just
across the road using virtually the
same ingredients as we do; there's
Aro Cafe; there's a guy up the
road making wooden furniture.''
Garage Project beer will be sold
at Taranaki St bar Hashigo Zake.
Mr Gillespie said he would
eventually like to see others sell
it. Meanwhile, he and Mr Ruffell
are eyeing the Beervana beer fes-
The pressure is on. They
[Beervana organisers] have asked
us to enter, but Beervana is four
weeks away and it takes four
weeks to brew a beer.''
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