Holding Invercargill’s first ‘proper’ craft beer festival obviously wasn’t enough for co-organisers Chris Montgomery and Kevin Downie as they unveil plans to take the brand mobile.
The first stages are underway to create the Hopbox, a converted horse float that will be transformed into a mobile craft beer bar that will hopefully be hitting the road later in the year.
“The plan is to use the Hopbox initially as a promotional vehicle for Hop‘n’Vine, touring the South Island festivals with a range of craft beers and ciders that we have either had at the festival or will be looking at for next year’s festival.” Montgomery said.
“We also thought it would be neat for people to be able to bring a bit of Hop‘n’Vine to their occasion or event, so there are plans to make the Hopbox available for hire. I can certainly see it being a great addition to a wedding or corporate event.” Montgomery added.
An initial design concept has been drawn up and the horse float purchased, and Montgomery and Downie are looking to begin the renovation process sooner rather than later to have the Hopbox ready for the autumn festival calendar.
“Obviously we want to start the work as soon as we can, we just need to line up the specialist help we need to bring the creation to life as our D.I.Y skills are limited to say the least and we want the finished article to look the part.” Downie said.
You can follow the renovation project on the festival website, www.hopnvine.co.nz.