Just when we thought the Garage Project had it all covered, they’ve added a Taproom in Aro Valley. Small, cute, and quintessentially Aro, it’s definitely worth a visit.
The staff are very helpful and happy to talk you through all the different tipples (all GP of course), and even gave me a demo of how their new cask pull pourer works (check out the sprinkler head action below). It didn’t hurt that the sample I then had to drink was one of my favourites – a milk cereal stout made with cornflakes and additional milk proteins for that creamy finish.
The beers on tap are all helpfully displayed on the wall in sample bulbs so you can see what your tipple will look like, and the cans are displayed with their grains or hops above.
I tried a few, and being a warm sunny afternoon settled on the Bossa Nova five-fruits tropical brew, lightly fermented (so it must be a health food right?). The strongest fruit note to me was passionfruit, and it was easy drinking – a good session beer, if I could ever manage more than one!
Some of the more unusual beers currently are the Wiggly Stick (a trial of unique Australian hops), and the Cabbages and Kings oyster stout (120 oysters in each brew, with an oyster in the glass if you fancy), alongside favourites like Cherry Bomb, Angry Peaches, Aro Noir and Nerissimo.
The food is by Ti Kouka and the Leeds Street Bakery and the meats are from Ontrays at Petone, so all quality products.
We indulged in the Aro Noir braised beef brisket with BBQ sauce, smoked cheddar and pickled cabbage (tender and delicious in crispy bread wedges), while eyeing up the turducken with bacon and swiss cheese for next time.
The smoked potato chips weren’t available this time (something about the cooking process not meeting their standards just at the minute) so we indulged in the two cold cuts platter which included lamb prosciutto (unusual), chicken liver pate topped with Death From Above sweet jelly (moorish), and the Chicharron pork scratchings with bacon salt (yep both porky and bacony).
Hard not to enjoy a Sunday afternoon outing here.
Tuesday to Sunday (3pm weekdays, noon weekends) to 10pm.
91 Aro Street.