First look: Brothers Ōrākei

by Alice Harbourne / 03 March, 2017
Photos by Alice Harbourne
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Maybe it was Metro’s fault. In this year’s best bars feature we said that Juke Joint, Brothers Beer’s Mt Eden brewery and BBQ restaurant, was essentially “Chipmunks with booze” come the weekend. It’s a reputation co-owner Anthony Browne is keen to shake. “The last thing I want is to meet someone in a year and for them to say, ‘Oh, Brothers Beer, you’re that pub for kids!’”

The child is very much alive in Browne, who says part of the motivation for opening a third site – something not previously on the agenda following the scale of Juke Joint – was the industrial space’s resemblance to a Thunderbird launch pad. “You can imagine sliding the roof back to whip off on some international rescue missions,” he says. Crowned by a Lego-yellow grid of steel framed windows, which shower the warehouse in light, it’s easy to see what he means. Eyes are also drawn to a wall of ex-Dog Point wine barrels, which, isolated from the rest of the company’s brews, allow for experimentation with fermented and farmhouse styles of beer without risk of cross-contamination. “We didn’t want to do a bar that didn’t have a production aspect to it,” Browne explains. “95% of people will walk in and go “oh it’s a brewery”, but beer geeks will go ‘barrel-aged sours!’”

Those barrel-aged sours can be enjoyed on a generous, ivy-covered deck which is shared by Brothers’ sibling The Barnacle, an American style-bistro overseen by executive chef Sara Simpson that’s set to open next week. There’s no sandpit though, or a play area. But there is a giant, vintage chandelier, a cheeky nod to the Eastern Bays, and a bit of a signal: this is a place for adults.


Brothers Beer Orakei
Orakei Bay Village
228 Orakei Rd


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