The Beer Spot Whangaparāoa turns one on Saturday (June 26) and you are invited to the party.

It’s an all-day celebration and owner-operators Ben and Tracey Kelsey and Craig and Clare Holt will be there to have a few drinks with the locals and regulars, along with The Beer Spot founders Jason Payn and Laurence van Dam. There will be live music from 6.30pm to 9.30pm, with acoustic guitarist Jon Pickford playing the classic hits everyone loves.

Ben Kelsey says The Beer Spot whānau are looking forward to celebrating the one-year milestone after a rollercoaster first 12 months dealing with the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Opening the bar was quite a career change for Ben, Tracey and Craig, who all previously worked as school principals. But Ben says the trio has no regrets.

“We still enjoy working together and it’s a fun, exciting brand to be working with and we get to hang out with local Coasties, who are such awesome people. We’ve had such good support from the community who are loving having somewhere to hang out and access great New Zealand wines and beers.”

The Beer Spot, which in Whangaparāoa incorporates The Wine Spot, only sells beer and wine made by independent brewers and winemakers, and Ben and his co-owners are proud to be able to support these small Kiwi businesses.

“The Wine Spot side of the business has really picked up. People love discovering new independent New Zealand-run wineries.”

A pressurized inert gas system at the bar preserves wine once the bottle is open, preventing it from oxidising in the bottle. “That means we can open a $500 bottle of wine and will taste the same in six months. It gives people the chance to try an expensive wine they would not be able to access by the glass elsewhere.”

The monthly beer and wine tastings are gaining popularity too, with locals leaping at the chance to find out about new brands, meet the brewers and wine makers and hear the stories behind their success.

June’s Brew Buddy is Hallertau and the Wine Buddy is Waiheke winery Man O' War. And if you head down on Saturday, the onsite food truck will be GRUB, a mobile kitchen celebrating traditional British cuisine, famous for its Yorkshire Pudding Wraps.

Make sure you’re there to help The Beer Spot team blow out the birthday candles!

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