Pop-up Weta pub dispenses Garage Project winner

22:13, Aug 20 2014
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GUZZLING GRORDBORTS: Garage Project head brewer Pete Gillespie with his World Beer Cup-winning Cockswain's Courage Double Barrelled Edition Porter.

A pop-up pub created by Weta Workshop helped set the tone for this weekend's Beervana brewing festival, as Aro Valley's Garage Project launched its winning brew from the World Beer Cup.

Weta transformed the Wellington boutique brewery's packaging hall into the Brewing Corps Officers' Mess Hall last night.

It created a pop-up pub stocked with a full complement of Dr Grordbort-themed beers on tap, including a Venusian Pale Ale (VPA) to rival the more prosaic IPAs found on Earth.

Dr Grordbort's is a steampunk- style fantasy universe created by Weta Workshop concept designer Greg Broadmore. The brewery formed a close bond with Weta after making a bespoke brew for its Christmas party a few years ago.

In April, the brewery's Cockswain's Courage Double Barrelled Edition picked up a silver medal in the World Beer Cup's wood and barrel-aged strong beer class - one of the most contested classes in this year's contest.

Garage Project owner Jos Ruffell said the event was the "Olympics of brewing", and the award was the only one awarded to an independent Kiwi brewery.


Last night's launch was the final time the brew was available to be sampled on tap.

A limited edition of 49 750ml bottles was selling for $80, while 30 coveted bottles featuring a Weta- designed sculpted bottle cap were retailing for well over $100 each.

Ruffell said the leadup to Beervana was always an exciting time, especially for the many Australians who had made a trip across the ditch for the occasion.

"Aussies love New Zealand beer, it's got a great reputation over there. We can't send enough beer over."



Beervana runs this weekend at Westpac Stadium featuring Wellington breweries Tuatara, Funk Estate, Panhead, Parrotdog, Yeastie Boys and Black Dog.

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