Craft beer rock stars: Garage Project

You'll find Wellington’s humble home of craft beer in what was once a derelict petrol station in Aro Valley.


Aro Valley


91 Aro Street
Aro Valley



Garage Project’s brewery, cellar door and tap room sit proudly along the famously creative suburb’s main road Aro Street.

Aro Valley is an area known for its bohemian spirit and alternative grunge aesthetic, and nestled among thrift shops, street art and character townhouses, Garage Project stands as a symbol of the ingenuity that lies at the centre of Wellington’s creative business sector.

In 2009, co-founders Pete, Jos and Ian looked at a derelict, graffitied, rat-infested petrol station and saw the potential of what could be. Fast forward to a decade later and the Garage Project team have become rock stars of Wellington’s ever-growing craft beer scene and their converted petrol station-come-brewery is an iconic part of the Wellington landscape.

Their striking label designs, created by Wellington tattooists, graphic artists, game designers, painters and typographers, can be found in supermarkets, on tap and on menus in many local eateries. But the real experience comes from sampling a tipple from their cellar door while watching the team in action creating their next brew, or head to their tap room, located a mere 50 metres down the road for a sit-down, extended tasting.

In a refurbished townhouse, the Garage Project tap room entertains locals and tourists alike. Its cosy atmosphere spills out onto Aro Street with the chatter echoing up the main connector between Wellington’s student suburbs and the CBD. Enjoy a range of their iconic brews or seek out a more adventurous option with one of their many new flavours, one of their wines or ciders, and some small plates to whet your appetite.

And once you’ve found one you love, all you do is head back down the road to the cellar door where you can get a few bottles straight from the brewery to take home and enjoy.

Garage Project have never been afraid to experiment with flavour, using ingredients like chili and mango, golden syrup and kumara, but the heart of their beer making is rooted in experience with head brewer and co-founder Pete Gillespie have brewed real ale and craft beer in Australia and the United Kingdom before bringing his expertise to New Zealand’s capital.

Taste wild creations

Visit Garage Project’s Wild Workshop cellar door on Furness Lane. They're open Fridays and Saturdays, or book in for a private tour and tasting. The Wild Workshop is a space where the Garage Project team go wild, creating all types of unique brews of beers and natural wines. Located amongst the barrels and tanks, the cellar door offers tasting flights of their weird and wonderful creations, including both wine and beer selections that you can't get anywhere else. You can grab takeaway flagons from the taps, as well as Garage Project's newest releases from the fridge.

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