Rhys had a knack for mixing things together in delightful ways. He always made sure the bar was a beautiful blend of drinks and drinkers from all over, and it was his inspired idea to combine coconut with the juicy tropical fruit flavours of a modern hazy IPA — pineapple colliding with sharp citrus and smooth coconut, for a perfect escape.
fter a spell of sampling various craft beer styles together one Wellington summer, the duo became inspired to try and make beer that tasted good; like the ones they were drinking.
So it goes; they got to homebrewing out of the basement of their dingy Aro Valley flat and it was surprising – they could produce a fairly drinkable beverage.
On a student budget, and after joining forces to share costs, they started developing what would become the first commercial ParrotDog beer recipe – an India Pale Ale.
Adding another man named Matt to the mix, a contract brew went down in Taranaki and long story short; the report was not good, too bitter – they were told to dump it.
Legend to the contrary, BitterBitch turned out to be a hit.
From smuggling flagons into local beer events, to delivering kegs in between classes – ParrotDog was going well when the charm of reality hit – they needed more space to brew more beer.
The commitment was made and out of a huge empty space the brewery was born in the heart of Wellington city.
Things are ticking along nicely.
From mere beverage to craft quality – at the end of the day, it’s all very well and good.