Brewers Choice Yamanto manager Garry Rodgers with the owner David Kitchen outside the rebuilt shop after serious damage was caused by thieves in early October.
Brewers Choice Yamanto manager Garry Rodgers with the owner David Kitchen outside the rebuilt shop after serious damage was caused by thieves in early October. Sarah Harvey

Raise your glass to store's comeback

A HOME brew shop that was toppled during a bungled raid on a neighbouring business is back up and running.

The Brewer's Choice outlet on Warwick Rd, Yamanto, became collateral damage when thieves stole tools, tyres and oil from Kruger Motors last month.

As they were fleeing in a truck they misjudged a turn, swiping the front veranda of the home brew shop and turning it into a pile of splinters while also causing water leaks inside the shop itself.

It created a costly mess for the building's owner to clean up, and a hectic time for Brewer's Choice staff as they rushed to reopen for business.

Store manager Gary Rodgers said it had been a hard road getting things back to normal before the Christmas peak in home brew business.

"We have customers depending on us to supply their ingredients for brews that have to be made in time for Christmas Day," Mr Rodgers said.

"That's what made us push that little bit extra."

Brewer's Choice owner David Kitchen said the clumsy thieves had also affected customer numbers, with some people not realising the shop was still open.

"People must have seen what happened and assumed the store was closed and out of business," Mr Kitchen said.

"We actually managed to clean up the timber and get the doors open for business at 9am on the day of the incident."

It took a little longer for the owners to restore the damaged front veranda, but the shop is now pretty close to what it looked like before the thieves struck.

Tonnes of tyres and tools were stolen from Kruger Motors when thieves hit at 5am on October 8.

Despite hitting the home brew shop and drawing attention from a nearby resident - who quickly jumped in his car and followed the truck - the thieves got away with their crime.

It was the third time the mechanic's workshop had been hit this year, with thieves taking the owner's five-year-old German Shepherd dog, along with tyres and number plates off several vehicles.



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