As expected there were a few teething problems, but nothing that slowed us too much.
The two highlights are the MASSIVE chiller we now have, which is over 100m2, and secondly the prepared and painted floor in the wet area. These might now sounds all that exciting, but they are the sort of things that get brewers tweaking at the seams.
Over the next couple of months we will be filling every tank and fermenter as often as possible in preparation for summer. We are also in the throws of planning our 2015 production schedule, and we should have capacity now to roll out more occasional beers next year, and we will keep you informed as we go.
Earlier this year we employed the fabulous Julie Howard, ex-Rogue Ales and Hopworks Urban Brewery, both out of Portland Oregon. Julie is heading up our sales efforts and has been doing some great work. If you have any suggestions of bars/restaurants/liquor stores that you's like to see Croucher beers at, then flick an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the virtual completion of the 'Eat Street' development, ignoring some peculiar behavious by some contractors, summer should be pretty crazy at BREW. We have an awesome team there, who work tirelessly to ensure our customers have a great time, drink some great beer and eat some great food. We have lots of love music coming up over the next few months, so keep informed on BREW Rotorua Facebook page. Check out the carboot sale on there right now.
In August we ticked past our one year anniversary for BREW Tauranga. The business continues to grow, and with some really keen craft beer supporters locally we are in for a busy summer. We have had a few personel changes, with Mark O'Connor moving across from BREW Rotorua to become General Manager. We are stoked to have Mark onboard, and look forward to seeing his energy kick BREW on to the next level. Our Monday Quiz Nights have become really popular, along with our Monthly BEER CLUB and WINE CLUB. If you are in Tauranga over summer, head in to BREW on The Strand for your Croucher fix. Follow BREW Tauranga on Facebook.
Better get back to work...
Nige & Paul