Getting started

We've been collecting a lot of stuff to make the new building out of. The backbone of The Laboratory will be a set of trusses salvaged from the demolition of the old Wards Brewery on Fitzgerald Ave (behind Pomeroys), old sash windows, doors, a staircase and even the bar counter from the Hororata Hotel.

The Lab's Blog

Hi folks, here's where you can come to keep up with the latest from The Laboratory. Initailly we will be placing updates of our progress on the build. Later, once we are close to being open, we'll be keeping you privy to our experiments in beer, delectable food and upcoming events.

Turning the first sod party

After 3 years of battling with red tape, we weren't going to surrender to a norwest gale, flying polystyrene and threat of southerly rain, oh no!  Our Turning The First Sod party went ahead as planned on Sunday 25 May and a fair few intrepid beer lovers came down to West Belt to help us celebrate.  'Twas a 'Beer with no Pub', but hey, we're working on that.  Cheers to all our friends, family and future regulars!


First pour of the concrete pad.  Toilets front right of photo, function room front left.  Courtyard area beyond that (not a concrete foundation) then the bar area and West Belt frontage in the distance


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