Gadoochi brewery co-owner Nicole McGilvray along with brewers Damon Milne and Kelly Robertson are hard at work on the expansion of their current micro-brewery in Invercargill.
Craft beer is set to be brewed in Invercargill’s CBD this September, with Gadoochi Brewery in the process of being re-assembled at the Tuatara café and bar.
Nicola McGilvray, co-owner of Gadoochi alongside Chris Ellenden, said “Chris has already built breweries in Clyde and Dunedin. We thought it was time he had one of his own.”
The duo have been brewing cider from their Roxburgh orchard for the past six years, and tapped into craft beer three years ago with a beer test kit. Alongside brewers Damon Milne, Kelly Robertson and Shaun Kirkpatrick, they’re hoping to create an upmarket destination venue.
The expansion will see the current walls at the back of Tuatara café knocked down to reveal an open-plan state-of-the-art brewery, complete with increased natural lighting and expanded floor space.
The 300-litre gravity fed brewery was built by Ellenden’s business Weldtech on Bond St, and transported into the venue through opening up walls over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
The brewery will add to the currently rotating 17 taps at the Tuatara.
McGilvray said the new brews would include a “bit of everything”, including some experimental concoctions. Current popular brews include the Johnny Spanners IPA and Larakin Lager.
Along with the city centre redevelopments, McGilvray said she hoped the opening of the new brewery would create a bit of culture in the area. She’d received excited responses from patrons so far.
“Lots of people are wanting to know a date,” she said, “I’m really looking forward to it.”
“We’re hoping the beginning of September,” McGilvray said, but an exact date would be “pushing it”.
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