People keep asking Dean about the brewery. "Is it set up yet? Is it running??", etc. Well I'm looking through the wee doorway into the back room now, and I can confirm that... uh... hey, it's actually looking pretty awesome. Heck, it's almost like a proper commercial enterprise back there!
Dean's been spending a lot of time with it. He's been climbing around all the machinery, treating it like some kind of (super-expensive) personal gym. Apparently it's all working OK but "he needs more valves". And we're like "we need more beer", you know? Like, "make us some more beer please Dean". So we'll keep putting that pressure on him, I guess. Watch this space.
In other news, given the terrible troubles the people of Nelson have been through lately, we are graciously sending a disaster relief package in the form of some Marchfest kegs. And maybe you're thinking "but you were gonna do that anyway", and we'd maybe be like "OK, busted, yeah we were" but still it's the beer that counts, and this is really some excellent beer. It's like a coconut/chocolate/raspberry brown ale. If that sounds too complicated, just close your eyes and think about a raspberry Bounty bar. Yeah? You get it now? It's called the Mean Bounty (Raspberry Horizon), and no worries, you're welcome.
Just save some for the Fire Service, they probably need it more than the rest of you.
Mean Prototype #8 - Mean Summer Rosé
Just quickly now. No, sit still a second, this is important. We have tasty and delicious beer for you, or maybe not. Maybe it sucks. That’s pretty much the definition of a Mean Prototype - small batches of tomorrow’s beers, today.
This one’s a spesh raspberry edition of Mean Summer, plus it's pink. And yum. And pink. Available at the shop for a limited time. May contain traces of totally awesome.
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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