Kicking off in Feb 2017, Beer Spot owners Laurence van Dam and Jason Payn had a vision of creating a welcoming place where friends could gather to swap stories, inspired by a growing appreciation for quality beer.
“Most pubs and bars in New Zealand have ‘tied taps’, meaning that they are under contract to sell a limited range of beers owned by the brewery,” says van Dam. “Although there have been some recent, well-publicised acquisitions of craft brewers by the breweries, these represent only a fraction of the varieties available”.
This unassuming 40 x tap venue is located in a medium sized industrial warehouse space behind a supplements outlet and liquor store on Northcote Rd (a quick 20 min drive North of Auckland’s CBD). Parking is restricted to six parks though spill off can be found behind the Chinese restaurant next door.
To keep start-up costs to a minimum, whilst meeting their liquor license requirements. Rather than splash cash on a flash kitchen fit-out, the boys came up with the brilliant idea to showcase some of Auckland’s best food trucks – effectively killing two birds with one stone. With a different food truck taking pride of place in the carpark next to the bar on weekly basis, these hugely popular mobile purveyors of tasty snacks ensure that the food on offer stays fresh and vibrant.
Not keen to rest on their laurels, shortly after opening their Northcote venue the lads devised a cunning plan to franchise their concept. Fast forward to today, and it looks like this idea is starting to pay off, with Beer Spot venues now located in Huapai, Morningside, and Whangaparaoa.