Behind every great brewery is a brewer, and our man at the Garage Project is Pete Gillespie. Its a classic story in New Zealand of the big OE taking many years longer than initially expected, and for Pete it was no different.
An aborted academic career lead to Pete chasing his passion and throwing himself into the world of brewing.
After a decades experience working in breweries across the UK and Australia, Pete decided it was time to move on from his then position at the Maltshovel, and fulfill the dream of every brewer, and establish his very own brewery.
When I caught wind of Petes plans, I knew there could be no better place to establish the brewery than in Wellington.Fortunately for me (and for us!), after repeat visits to his original hometown (bred, not born), Pete quickly agreed.
Petes passion and dedication to the Garage Project has been absolute. I am incredibly lucky to be on this journey with him, and I know he cant wait to get cracking and start the kettle. Were in for a treat.