Jono & Emma Walker, Evansdale
Arc Brewing Co opened at the tail end of December 2018 by us, Jono & Emma.
We set out 2yrs earlier to undertake the fit out and rejuvenation of the old Blueskin Hotel, over weekends and any spare time outside our day jobs. From the early days it has been an exercise in utilising my building skills and Emma's design skills to create an environment that both inspires us and is welcoming and enjoyable to our customers.
Since opening we have held on for dear life and loved every minute, meeting and getting to know all our lovely locals has made this journey so much more fun and fulfilling. Its also been great working with a variety of local and Dunedin based food trucks and musicians.
Lockdown has been bitter sweet, heavily impacting our cashflow that would've seen us through the quieter winter months that the hospitality industry dreads. On a side note, it was a chance to step away from the brewery and spend more time as a family with our 2yr old, Charlie. Time which we truly cherished.
We were closed during level 3 & 4, only able to offer weekly deliveries. Level 2 has been somewhat of a stepping stone return back to normality, but we are able to open the taproom doors again which is great.
The food trucks are back and we have a steadier stream of beer available for takeaway. And some new beers coming in level 1 so watch this space!
Our favourite part about business in the bay is 100% the people. Its a great community and we love seeing everyone here in the weekends, willing to have a yarn and a laugh. It makes our job truly enjoyable.
Arc Brewing Co.
1870 Waikouaiti-Waitati Road, Evansdale
Contact Jono & Emma Walker
M 020 410 81141
Our world turned upside down when COVID-19 hit. Life as we knew it came grinding to a halt. And the impact of it will be felt for a long time yet. But not all of the impact has been bad. For many it has shown how strong we are as communities. And more than ever, it has pushed for a shift to #supportlocal.
As my way of supporting my own community bubble, I reached out to local businesses to see how the COVID Lockdown has impacted them.
In the process I discovered so many amazing people, with some fantastic businesses, all right here in our backyard.
And I would like to introduce them all in this new series of Behind Closed Doors ~The Blueskin Bay Edition.
Kerry Hodge, Warrington, May 2020