It has been a year since we first launched Brew Box so we thought it was time that we told our story. It all started when I was given one job for my wedding by my Fiance Alex. All I had to do was build the wedding bar and organise the drinks, she would organise the rest (she’s an event planner). Ohh… I was also told to turn up on time and wear a suit.
As I only really had one task to do for the wedding, I thought I better make a damn good job of it. I started searching on google for party hire and portable bar hire but I couldn’t find anything cool enough for our big day. I had been given a photo of a rustic bar, with beer taps and kegs that had been custom made for a wedding. I couldn’t find anything in Auckland that even resembled what we were after.
At the time, I was working as a designer for a high end shop fitting company. I had access to design tools and CNC machines. As our wedding got closer, and I still hadn’t got any further with my one single task, my only option was to build a custom bar.
Now I had the bar, I needed some bar equipment. I didn’t know the first thing about pouring beer or dispensing beer. I did some research and decided I needed the best bar equipment you could buy. I thought I better check in with the wedding planner/fiancé before I went and bought the equipment. The bar budget I was given wasn’t going to cover it so my one task of building a bar for the wedding was replaced by making decorations and place card holders.
In the year leading up to our wedding I had an empty bar around the house which drew a lot of attention from friends and family. I started telling everyone what I was planning to do and why it got put on hold. Everyone started saying they loved the idea would have one at their party or wedding if they were available to rent.
This is how Brew Box started. We now rent out our bars for weddings and promotional events. We have been at Taste of Auckland and Beervana as well as heaps of weddings and work parties in and out of Auckland.