Aro Valley, Wellington, New Zealand.
The Garage Project is Pete Gillespie, Jos Ruffell, and Ian Gillespie. When they started out in 2011, they were tiny. Garage Project wasn't even micro brewing… it was a truly nano brewery. It was in a derelict petrol station and car workshop with a colourful history. It had been a Jaguar workshop, run by a female race car driver and mechanic Sybil Lupp, but by the time they came to Aro looking for a space to start their brewery, the building had seen better days.
After nine years of working in breweries with equipment 100 times bigger, it was quite a change to downsize to a fifty-litre brew kit. But what they lacked in size they more than made up for in agility and the ability to experiment. When you’re brewing on such a small scale you can afford to take risks. And that suited the trio – they wanted to try something new. Years passed and the Garage Project has grown, but that same ethos still shapes how they do things at the Garage. Whether they’re brewing 50 litres or 2000, they’re still here to take some risks, to have a bit of fun and to try something new. Welcome to the Garage Project.