I heard the news today, oh beard!

June 3rd, 2013

The news I heard last night of the demise of Pete Gillespie’s stylish beard has spurred me into action. I had stopped in at Garage Project to purchase a couple of bottles of Death From Above to celebrate finishing a long-running project (sadly neither beer nor photography-related). I was chatting with Jos who casually told me that I had just missed Pete and had probably walked past him without recognising him: his beard was no more, it had ceased to be, it was an ex-beard, etc. Jos then showed me Pete’s photos of the amusing facial hairstyles that you make when you trim off your beard. These photos are the second best reason for growing a beard in the first place (the first, of course, being that a beard makes you look devilishly handsome).

Seeing these photos reminded me it was time to finish sorting out and posting some shots I took at the brewery a few weeks ago, before you all forget that Pete ever even had a beard and wonder who the hell the dapper man bearing an uncanny resemblance to Lord Cockswain is in these photos.

Pete, being the all-round good guy brewer that he is (admittedly I am starting to wonder if that is a tautology because I am yet to meet a bad guy brewer) was happy to to have me lurking around the brewery for a few hours occasionally blinding him with my hidden flash or forcing him to stare into the distance for a brooding portrait.

When I wasn’t trying to take arty shots of the ephemeralness of foam or the graceful lines of a bottling machine I did manage to get a few good shots of Pete, Jos, and Phil hard at work making and selling the beers you all love. With beards.

Pete Gillespie, brewer, staring into the distance for a brooding portrait. Garage Project, Aro Street, Wellington, 2013.

 

Pete pours a sample from a fermenter. Garage Project, Aro Street, Wellington, 2013.

 

Cleaning the mash tun. Garage Project, Aro Street, Wellington, 2013.

 

Pete and Jos making plans. Garage Project, Aro Street, Wellington, 2013.

 

Phil Cook updates the cellar door whiteboard. Garage Project, Aro Street, Wellington, 2013.

 

Checking out the artwork for Death From Above, a beer brewed for the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular in Melbourne. Garage Project, Aro Street, Wellington, 2013.

 

The graceful lines of a bottling machine. Garage Project, Aro Street, Wellington, 2013.

 

The ephemeralness of foam. Garage Project, Aro Street, Wellington, 2013.

 

There are plenty more photos to see if you haven’t had enough beards.

 


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