Yum, beer

September 19th, 2012 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

More than a year after it opened, Wellington’s newest brew bar is finally brewing.

The Fork & Brewer in Bond St opened as a bar and restaurant a year ago, and its owners expected to be brewing there by early this year, although the first grain was poured into its steel tanks only yesterday.

The Fork & Brewer’s layout has proved challenging, with the brewing tanks at the entrance to the first-floor establishment.

Operations manager Colin Mallon said to comply with earthquake safety regulations, an extra $30,000 was spent to give additional support to the large stainless steel tanks.

“One standard might be OK in an industrial site, but when you’re in an environment where people are going to be drinking, you’ve got to be doubly careful, and we understand that.”

Installing the tanks was also frustrated by a language barrier, with manuals for the Chinese-made equipment written in Mandarin.

With the problems finally resolved, brewer Lester Dunn went to work on a golden ale yesterday, the first of five beers initially planned.

Later the tanks are likely to be used to produce seasonal beers and collaborative brews with other brewers.

Excellent. I’m compering a quiz night there in a few weeks, so looking forward to trying their own product.

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10 Responses to “Yum, beer”

  1. Grendel (1,013 comments) says:

    i worked in that pub for 2 years back when it was the loaded hog. on a really stinky hot day the brewery rooms, which had been converted into cool rooms for the kegs, were the best place to be.

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  2. wtfunz (133 comments) says:

    DPF – when you’re down there can you plead with them to come to Auckland. No doubt you are aware we’ve just lost all the Cock and Bull wheat beers to, what appears to be, a Lion Breweries sponsored buy out. R.I.P a beautiful brew. We’re now left with expensive Lion crap. Hardly a substitute. Must be a treaty claim in there somewhere!!!!

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  3. kowtow (8,927 comments) says:

    Talking of booze I hadn’t realised Salman Rushdie had been to Otago recently.

    http://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/food-wine/news-features/226443/waitaki-wines-show-strength-and-character

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  4. alex Masterley (1,535 comments) says:

    wtfunz,

    The purchaser of the cock & bull is a Lion subsidiary.

    Sad but true.

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  5. Viking2 (11,661 comments) says:

    another one to go broke.

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  6. wtfunz (133 comments) says:

    Thanks alex. I’m still in mourning. Don’t think the old C&B went broke tho’ viking. Think they did nicely out of the sale but we’ve lost a great beer unfortunately. Just creates a gap for another smart business person tho’.

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  7. niggly (832 comments) says:

    I can recall that place in the 80s when it first opened (can’t recall the name now – Bond St Inn?), great memories of being on internal (organisation) training courses getting to know people from units around the country over a liquid lunch (and the odd liquid breakfast), just one or two of course! Probably wouldn’t happen nowadays for the youngsters ;-)

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  8. john.bt (170 comments) says:

    I called in there this morning and I understand it will be about 4 weeks before the first brew is ready so DPF might have to make another visit. The owners of the place (and the Malthouse ) really like their beer. So good for us pissheads.

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  9. RRM (10,096 comments) says:

    The fork & Brewer.. geddit? The Forken Brewer… sounds a bit like…. yeah? YEAH?? Haw haw!!! :lol:

    :neutral:

    Sorry but just based on the name alone I don’t think I’ll be visiting.
    I’m over the whole dumb oaf, HURR DURR… cave man like BEER! BIG IS GOOD! thing. It’s just fucking retarded.

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  10. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,495 comments) says:

    RRM, what a kill joy. From what I have heard this place is all about enjoying good quality beer and quite anti the caveman beer swilling theme that eminates in pubs up and down this nation. What are the names of pubs you go to?

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