WORDS JENNY RUDD / PHOTOS TRACIE HEASMAN + JESS LOWCHER
Slap bang in the middle of the action on the sunny side of the Mount’s main street, Brew Co has been the place to be since it opened its doors in 2012. Now it’s had a pre-summer refresh.
The new fit-out feels bigger and brighter, thanks to the removal of walls here and there. Greenery dotted amid the smooth grey concrete and timber accents gives the space a lush urban feel. Towards the back of the pub, light pours through skylights onto the pool table. This is a place where tourists mix with locals, and it’s virtually impossible to walk past without being waved inside by your mates.
The menu at Brew Co shows these guys know and love their loyal customers. There are plenty of plates to grab and share, like the board piled high with house-made spring rolls, pulled meat slow-cooked with 12 hours of loving care, piquant mouthfuls of fresh seafood and a mound of deliciously sweet and crisp kumara fries. We’ve lost count of how many UNO-related decisions we’ve made with our mouths full of Brew Co fries.
If there’s something worth celebrating, Brew Co will throw a party. The pub’s played host to numerous events like the Initiate Melbourne Cup party and PTA fundraisers – anything you want to raise a toast to.
Who knows where weekends begin and end at Brew Co? Tuesday is jam night and hospo night. Bigger than most people’s Friday night, it sees the people who usually serve you drinks all over the Bay come here to let their hair down. Well-known bands and singers mean the dance floor’s always packed, and of course the refreshments flow.
Brew Co has built a reputation for the quality of the acts it books. On one memorable night, we boogied to White Chapel Jak, a trio who perform with a double bass and massive beards, and have been voted New Zealand’s best covers band. There’s a DJ every Friday, bands on Saturday nights and live acoustic sounds for the ideal Sunday sessions.