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A crowd-funded brew­ery opens up in Lyall Bay

A Wellington brew­ery with a cu­ri­ous name re­lo­cates to Lyall Bay with a fresh of­fer­ing. Par­rotDog beer be­gan in 2011 when three univer­sity stu­dents – all called Matt (Kristof­ski, Warner and Stevens) – be­gan brew­ing beer. It wasn’t long be­fore they be­came one of the coun­try’s fastest-grow­ing craft brew­ers. Af­ter crowd­fund­ing $2 mil­lion last Au­gust, the three Matts opened their new brew­ery and Nice, an off-li­cence and tast­ing room. “We wanted to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment that feels al­most home­like,” says Matt Kristof­ski. “A com­fort­able at­mos­phere that would ap­peal to a wide va­ri­ety of peo­ple, es­pe­cially from the Lyall Bay com­mu­nity.” There’s a kind of 1970s Formica thing go­ing on. We fo­cused on what we con­sider an ‘old mate’ aes­thetic – some­thing that fits with our brand’s per­son­al­ity, while fo­cus­ing on el­e­ments you might’ve seen in a clas­sic bot­tle shop in the 70s and 80s. What do your new share­hold­ers think? Our share­hold­ers have been re­ally sup­port­ive through­out the build phase, giv­ing us a lot of pos­i­tive feed­back on the new space. We’re look­ing for­ward to launch­ing the new brew­ery and be­ing able to host our share­hold­ers in the com­ing months for the first AGM. You don’t muck around, do you? Thanks, we’re glad you think so. We had orig­i­nally planned to be open be­fore Christ­mas but were held up with li­cens­ing. Can we drink there? Our li­cence only al­lows for take­away but we do of­fer com­pli­men­tary tast­ings. We’re also in the process of get­ting a cof­fee brand on board, which we hope will en­cour­age peo­ple to linger and en­joy the space a lit­tle longer with each visit.

Above Beer es­sen­tials and Par­rotDog para­pher­na­lia. Right, be­low and bot­tom left De­sign el­e­ments are rem­i­nis­cent of bot­tle shops from the 70s and 80s. The in­dus­trial lights have been re­tained from the former bike-wheel work­shop. Bot­tom right Com­pli­men­tary tast­ings and take­aways are on tap at Par­rotDog.

Pho­tog­ra­phy Russ Kleyn

Par­rotDog 60-66 Kings­ford Smith St, Lyall Bay, Wellington par­rotdog.co.nz

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