Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar, Double Vision Brewing hydrating Wellingtonians

Deanna Yang has been serving up milk and cookies to Aucklanders since she was 21. Her mobile milk bar is now in Wellington.
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Deanna Yang has been serving up milk and cookies to Aucklanders since she was 21. Her mobile milk bar is now in Wellington.

Legendary mobile milk bar arrives in Wellington

Auckland's loss is Wellington's gain this month, with the arrival of much-loved Moustache Milk & Cookie Bar.

Moustache began as a Queen St fixture in 2012, the realisation of Deanna Yang's childhood dream of owning a cookie shop. 

The Moustache bus has brightened up Marion St.
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The Moustache bus has brightened up Marion St.

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Then 21, Yang had a degree in communication studies, but cookies called her down a different path.

She started Moustache six months after graduating. Its freshly-baked cookies and indulgent milkshakes lured customers from across the city.

When their landlord raised their rent by 40 per cent last year, Yang found a novel solution in a 1978 Bedford bus, funded by a PledeMe campaign that attracted $92,000 in four weeks

The bus has since expanded its horizons, taking to the road and parking up outside Garage Project Wild Workshop in Marion St last week.

The front end of the 10m-long former school bus is a miniature cafe, the back end houses a full commercial kitchen. Cookies are baked on-site every 30-60 minutes. We hear the bacon chocolate chunk cookie has proven particularly popular with Wellingtonians, whose palates are apparently more adventurous than Aucklanders'...

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Moustache will be in Wellington for the next few months. It's open Sunday - Thursday, 10am-6pm, and Friday-Saturday 10am-9pm. 

Double Vision Brewing now on tap

The Double Vision Brewing crew is Evarn Flaunty, Harry Henriksen, Mario Lanz and Warren Drahota.
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The Double Vision Brewing crew is Evarn Flaunty, Harry Henriksen, Mario Lanz and Warren Drahota.

A quartet of workmates is behind Wellington's latest craft beer offerings. 

By day, Evarn Flaunty, Harry Henriksen, Mario Lanz​ and Warren Drahota​ make children's goods; off the clock, they've been brewing beers at their pilot brewery in Brooklyn. 

Double Vision began brewing two years ago with a 120l kit. When the crew went in search of critique from Wellington's craft beer connoisseurs, they found a willing palate in Alan Gray, then manager at The Hop Garden

Double Vision's Red Rascal IPA is full bodied, with fruity notes, savory to refreshing at the same time.
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Double Vision's Red Rascal IPA is full bodied, with fruity notes, savory to refreshing at the same time.

Gray was so impressed by Double Vision's APA, he asked if they were selling it. 

They weren't, but buoyed by the feedback, the guys decided to get serious.

Their first releases - The Red Rascal, a red IPA, and Expatriate APA - are contract brewed in Massey. They can be found on tap at The Hop Garden in Mt Victoria and Bebemos in Newtown. 

Word on the street

A new establishment in Eva St is not far off opening its doors. Shepherd is a joint venture of Shepherd Elliott, of Ti Kouka and Leeds Street Bakery fame, and Sean Golding, the designer and artist at the helm of Golding's Free Dive.

The restaurant will open in the same laneway as its sister establishments, next to Pizza Pomodoro. Shepherd is participating in Visa Wellington On a Plate next month, with its "Breakneck Feed" - 19 intrepid courses served in 190 minutes. Book tickets to the event on the Visa WOAP website

Meanwhile, the owners of Motel and The Library bars (who also count Chow and The Little Waffle Shop in their portfolio) have been quietly working away on a wine bar. 

Blue Murder will open on Tory St but proprietors are keeping details mum for now. Check its Facebook page for updates. 

 - Stuff

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