All this and fruit wine too

Turning a hobby into a full time job – one that keeps a roof over your head – sounds like a dream come true. And, when your hobby’s home brewing and you transform that into a money spinner – well, a lot of blokes would think that’s about as good as it gets.

Beer enthusiast Steve Plowman has done just that. He runs Hallertau Brewbar Restaurant in Riverhead, a 20 minute drive west of the Auckland CBD. It’s a boutique operation; a family restaurant built around a micro-brewery with its own unique style.

“It’s a different concept in beer. No preservatives, no enzymes, fresh on tap.”

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