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26 Mar 2019
Park Road in Miramar is typically associated with the Weta Group of Companies and Hollywood blockbusters. But a group of four friends are reshaping the bustling street with their brew pub Double Vision.
Double Vision Brewing marks the first brew pub in the Miramar peninsula – a suburb typically associated with some of the world’s favourite films like Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit and King Kong. For the team, Miramar was the perfect location to set up shop.
“We were really surprised no one else had based themselves in Miramar. There’s such a great community vibe here, it’s beautiful, and it’s super friendly,” says Warren Drahota, one of the four masterminds behind the business.
Warren relocated to Wellington from Fort Collins, Colorado six years ago. He met his three business partners at work, and they all suffered from a similar, serious problem: they couldn’t afford decent craft beer.
“So, we thought ‘Let’s make our own’ and got in touch with Karl from Te Aro Brewing (now at Brewtown in Upper Hutt),” says Warren.
“Karl was definitely an early inspiration for us, and recommended we buy a 100-litre kit to start brewing, and it wasn’t long before we had a decent little nano-brewery set up in a garage in Brooklyn. We made most of the equipment ourselves – so it was miraculously amazing when our first beer, a single malt, single hop, came out awesome.”
After their beers won a few SOBA beer awards, the team started taking their beer into bars and asking for feedback – and were astonished when bar owners wanted to include it on tap.
“From there, we hit the ground running. We were all juggling Double Vision Brewing and our full-time jobs, while making around 160 different types of beer in our first year.
“We moved into our Miramar spot on 17 November 2018 after building up Double Vision Brewing from the old rusty factory it was. The brew pub is made up of materials that have a lot of meaning to us.
“The wood around the walls is recycled from pallets we’ve repurposed, the Bar’s subframe is the steel from the cages the tanks came on from overseas. We’ve used wood from our first Beervana booth too, so each table is bespoke and has a special connection. The corrugated steel around the bar is made from a neighbour’s old roof, and (business partner) Mario moulded the metal around the bar and tables, and we did all the woodwork ourselves,” says Warren.
The team is inspired by Wellington’s mountain bike tracks – some of which he names his beer after, like ‘Repeat Offender’ in Miramar.
“I’m also inspired by our guests. We get Weta employees, local families, tradies and creatives who all visit the bar and interact with one another. It really reiterates the community not just in Miramar, but in Wellington and the craft beer community.
“I’ve been lucky to have friends like Kerry Gray at HUSK who has been there for us since the beginning. I can call him at any time of the day and he has advice for us.”
You can find Double Vision Brewing at 128A Unit E Park Road.