Hopstock, yeah baby. Hopstock! That's our annual fresh-hopped beer festival (you already know this, why am I telling you).
Each participating brewery gets assigned to a bar in the Wellington region by a random lottery process, it's total blind chance, and we at Mean Doses are just super-stoked that we got the Levin Cosmopolitan Club. Result!
So if you're 92.1 km out of Wellington next weekend (only 1 hour 16 minutes given favourable traffic) (which never happens btw) why not stop by and see if the Cossie Club is open? Use their TAB to blow all your money betting on horses races you don't understand. Or else play darts, chat to the locals, they'll love you. They might have a buffet on - or hey they might even be holding a meat raffle!!! I'm vegetarian personally, but you don't have to win to enjoy playing.
- - JUST JOKES WE GOT THE MALTHOUSE. Hahahaha I had you going, no, we're actually being poured at the pre-eminent Courtney Place Mecca of craft beer and so we are naturally ecstatic about this.
You probably want to know about the brand new beer we'll be serving - well allow me to introduce SO FRESH AND SO MEAN, the latest creation from the enormous and very expensive shiny metal system at our Tory Street premises.
It's, well, it's fresh! It's an IPA! We shoved 20kg of fresh Nelson Sauvin into it, and piled on some Motueka and Riwaka to round it off, so I hope you like your Upper South Island hop varieties because *POW*, this one's like lightning and sunshine baby! It's like a massive bush fire of hop taste being doused by an army of heroic and hard-working volunteer malts, except not quite because the hop taste is still burning, it's out of control! Or else this description is.
OK I'll stop. Sorry Nelson.
(not sorry Levin)
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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Monday - closed
Tuesday - closed
Wednesday - 12pm - 7pm
Thursday - 12pm - 7pm
Friday - 12pm - 8pm
Saturday - 11am - 8pm
Sunday - 11am - 5pm
Address 130 Tory Street, Te Aro, Wellington, NZ
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