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Community support key to brewing success story

Jun 3rd, 2015 | By | Category: Latest News, Uncategorized

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COMMUNITY spirit and the support of local businesses has allowed an Upper Hutt craft brewery to grow into a successful business.

Kereru Brewing Company is a rustic craft brewery which uses 18th century brewing methods to produce vegan and chemical free beers.

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The company was started in 2010 by Chris Mills and his wife Natasha.

They began brewing 50 litres at a time out of a commercial kitchen in their home and in 2013 decided to upgrade to a larger space.

Local realtor Euan Mackenzie helped Kereru to broker a deal with the current landlord for the property they now occupy, says Chris Mills

“He was the first person to actually listen to what our needs were,” he says.

They needed a facility with enough power and water to meet the demands of running a brewery.

“We wouldn’t want to be anywhere other than where we are now,” Chris Mills says.

Help from local pizza shop Art of Pizza has allowed Kereru Breweries to continue to make their Wood Fired Toasted Coconut Porter.

Art of Pizza allows Kereru Brewing Company to roast coconut in one of their ovens.

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Chris Mills pours beer at his brewery SOURCE: COLIN ENGELBRECHT

He says many businesses such as Resene Paints and some printing companies around Upper Hutt were immensely helpful in helping them get their business started.

The Cossie Club, a bar and restaurant in Upper Hutt, has two of Kereru Breweries beers permanently on tap.

Local attractions have also proved to be a bonus for business.

Chris Mills says he has seen more people come into the brewery since the opening of the 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic exhibition at the nearby Expressions Art Gallery.

“About five or six people coming through told us they had been to the exhibition earlier,” he says.

Chris Mills says he wants to continue to grow the business in both Upper Hutt and internationally.



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