Funk Es­tate brews up cash for Youth­line

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With Youth­line’s funds run­ning dry, a cou­ple of lads have brewed up a drop of hops to make a dif­fer­ence.

The boys from Funk Es­tate brew­ery in Grey Lynn de­cided they wanted to sup­port a char­ity and what bet­ter way than craft­ing a new beer.

Smooth Hop­er­a­tor is a spe­cial­ity brewed In­dia Pale Ale which has been cre­ated as a fundraiser with all prof­its ben­e­fit­ing the youth de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Shiego Tak­agi, Dy­lan Shearer and Jor­don Evi­son worked with other brew­ers around New Zealand.

‘‘This project is all about giv­ing back and hav­ing fun while do­ing it,’’ Tak­agi says.

In May, Youth­line’s Health Ser­vice faced clo­sure as it needed $50,000 to con­tinue run­ning.

The ser­vice is a free cen­tral Auck­land clinic of­fer­ing pri­mary health­care to com­mu­ni­ties in need, in­clud­ing those from low­so­cio-eco­nomic ar­eas, the home­less, Maori and Pa­cific Is­land youth.

An Auck­land phi­lan­thropist do­nated $20,000 which has kept the clinic afloat.

How­ever it still needs con­tin­ued fund­ing, chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Bell says.

‘‘The health clinic is just about run­ning and will pause over Christ­mas and we will re­visit how we do it be­cause we can’t sus­tain it,’’ Bell says.

Bell says Youth­line is ap­pre­cia­tive of the Funk Es­tate project.

‘‘The young peo­ple in­volved are think­ing cre­atively about their fu­ture and the com­mu­nity and that aligns with us.

‘‘It’s a way we can build a cul­ture around al­co­hol as part of our world that’s not a prob­lem,’’ Bell says.

Ear­lier this year, Funk Es­tate took over the Gover­nor Beer site in Grey Lynn.

‘‘I like the amount of freedom there is in beer brew­ing. It’s cre­ative, the fact I get to ex­per­i­ment makes this in­dus­try in­cred­i­bly at­trac­tive to me,’’ Tak­agi says.

Smooth Hop­er­a­tor is no ex­cep­tion to Tak­agi’s ex­per­i­men­ta­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion.

Youth­line runs on money raised and public do­na­tions, with 10 per cent fund­ing from the Gov­ern­ment.

Youth­line needs $800,000 ev­ery year to keep its ser­vices afloat and Bell says there’s al­ways a short­fall.

The lim­ited edi­tion beer is avail­able on tap at var­i­ous bars across Auck­land.

JA­SON DORDAY / FAIR­FAX NZ

Dy­lan Shearer of Funk Es­tate seated in­side the for­mer Gover­nor Brew­ery.

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