Sorry about that. Where was I? Oh yeah, NEWS.
Well first thing is that we're doing a tap takeover at Leroy's Dive Bar on 4 October. Five different flavours of beer, which is a pretty convincing effort - the Mean IPA and Red IPA (of course), the wonderful Mean Juice, steady old Mean Porter and super-new Mean XPA. This is not something you want to miss, unless you don't like beer, in which case whatever, good on you.
Actually if you don't like beer but you do like wine, we can help with that. Te Aro Wine is doing a launch at the Mean Doses shop on Tory Street from 5pm to 7pm on the 28th of September. These guys are a new winery, they're just around the corner from us - in the city - a winery IN the city. Obviously the grapes happen somewhere out in the country. And I wouldn't call it a "reverse takeover", not exactly, but there you go. We're good corporate citizens. We'll be selling their wines until their shop opens, and probably after that too.
Jules the Te Aro guy is a massive beer nerd as well - you can check out a book he wrote here and while you're at it (if you're older than 30 and still use Facebook) you can check out the launch event here - SPOILER it's just a Facebook page saying the same things I've just told you.
And what else. Um, there's Beers at the Basin - we'll be doing that on 1 December, naturally, getting all sunburned with the rest of you poor OH WHAT IS THAT NOW
HOLY GOD, WHAT THE HELL IS IT!?
It's the damn brewery.
Oh man, that's our brewery just arrived from China. Oh this is pretty bad timing. Sorry guys, just gimme a minute... I just gotta move this crap out of the way.
No I don't know where Dean is.
Nah I'm just manning the shop and writing the website while he... shit that's a whole brewery, eh. Wow, it's really happening. A thousand tonnes of Chinese steel.
Okay, okay, I just need a minute.
Yeah I'll sign for it.
This is the start of something, probably.
This is two ordinary people, opening a new business.
Just regular people, like you or me, except they're making very, very good beer.
is the Brewer. After many years of “regular career”, and a very short-lived sideline as an house music producer – we haven't forgotten, Dean – he developed this compulsion for creating his own brews.
This was in 2013, maybe? No-one's sure of the exact time-line. He had a basement set-up and a 30 litre starter kit, and at first we were all like “oh sweet, free beer”. But then he kept going.
From that 30-litre, to a two vessel pot system, to a Grainfather, he just kept going. He was brewing on his own, he was brewing in all these various partnerships... there was a pumpkin beer which exploded all over my kitchen (true story), but apart from that one mishap the beers were coming out better and better. All sorts of beers, varieties we'd never even heard of.
When he got Second Place (i.e. First Loser) at Wellington Brew Day – that was in 2015 or 2016 – that's when people got worried. And then later, when a keg of his beer debuted at Bebemos and sold out in less than two hours – again, we were concerned. It was clearly turning into a thing.
Now, with a premises in the Wellington CBD, and powered by several tons of Chinese steel, we could not stop this man... not even if we wanted to.
is the Boss of the operation.
If you like the way the shop looks, smells, or “feels”, that's down to her.
If you like the concepts and the general style, that's her too.
In fact pretty much everything to do with this company, which isn't the beer? That's Kerry*.
* Kerry would also like some credit for the beer.
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