Last weekend we kitted out one of our carts in spectacular fashion and hit the streets of Parkes, NSW for the Annual Parkes Elvis Festival.
Tunes by the homie Amin Payne - check him out on Soundcloud.com
We've been a bit quiet lately. We've dialled the events all the way to zero and have been slack on the whole Brewboy bike build. Sorry folks.
Whilst we aren't doing many events these days we have started running a semi-regular Beer 'n' Bikes tour in effort to get more people involved with riding bikes and Sydney's pumping craft beer scene. Our first ride was a big success with about 15 of us hitting the streets sampling some great beer. It's a casual ride, all welcome, completely free & no pressue to wear lycra. BMX, MTB's, Roadies, Training wheels, crusiers & fixies all welcome.
Check it all out over a Brewboy's Facebook page.
I came up with the idea of Busboy on the bus home from my shift at an English Pub in Toronto during the deep freeze of winter.
Like any young guy I was obsessed with the idea of having my own café/bar/restaurant that my buddies could come to, to eat and drink. I eventually settled on the thought that a foodtruck would be right up my alley.
The goal was in place and I was desperate to make it happen when I returned back to Australia.
All grand ideas cost money and traveling the world is expensive. I returned home broke but still keen to get something off the ground. The idea of a food truck was scaled down into a cargo bike. The dream was alive and the build began.
Fast forward 6 years later and Busboy is up and running and we have just received shipment on a new fleet of cargo bikes we are turning into more Busboy food carts (more on that later) and a brand new project called Brewboy – Beer Bike.
We want to bring the brewery tasting bar experience to our clients and guests. Visiting a brewery is an immersive experience. You can often share a beer and a yarn with the brewer, touch and smell raw ingredients all the while sampling some fresh local produce straight from the tap.
The amount of effort put into hand crafted beer and cider is celebrated in pubs, bars, bottle shops and of course breweries. Brewboy is bringing this experience to you.
We are custom building a cargo bike capable of pouring 2 kegs of beer/cider available for events, brand promotion, Friday drinks, back yard parties and parties.
We have launched a crowd funding campaign through Pozible.com to help us reach our goal. We have packaged up some unique rewards for you guys to help us kick the target out of the park.
We welcome any questions, ideas, and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Do you want to contribute to our campaign but no rewards take your fancy? No problem – please get in touch and we can tailor something together to suit your next event. We are hugely grateful for any support.
Last weekend the Busboy crew went to the Races. Back in 2008, me and our merry band of idiots promoted a marquee in conjunction with the local pub. You've heard of corporate hospitality right? This was not it.
For $45.00 we gave punters an unlimited supply of rocket fuel, cheese, Jatz and a sausage sizzle. When the sauso's ran out Pizza Hut got the call up.
As always, shenanigans were had.
2016.Fast forward 8 years later and we were back to where it began. Things have changed a little bit but once suited up and stubby holder wrapped around a cold tinny, we were live.
Country Race days are the best. I suggest you get to one sometime.
Faaark. Have you ever played pub golf? It’s punishing.
We hit the streets of Newtown last weekend dressed in a wardrobe mixed of Lowes Men’s Wear, Vinnies and pro-shop apparel.
Pub golf is a pub-crawl made into a competitive game where the winner takes home a very expensive plastic trophy.
Pick 9 pubs, nut out some rules, dress like you would to beat Tiger and start crushing pints.
We kept it pretty simple in the rule department at each pub erhm..hole.
Bogey + 1 = Middy of Beer/Cider
Par 0 = Schooner of Beer/Cider
Birdie -1 = Pint
Eagle -1 = Pint in one go.
We had some rules penalising poor form i.e. Toilet break before par 4 = +2, Denied entry at any bar = +2.
Sorry for our poor form Newtown. And yep...Ding Dong Dang got a good run too..not apologising for that one.
How to not do Bali like a Bogan.
Bali. The land of luke warm Bintang beers, fake Nike shoes, dirty nightclubs, taxi touts and gravel rashed tourists that have come off scooters.
There is another side of Bali that is keeping it legit. We just got back from a few days of Caribbean clear beaches, amazing views and incredible meals.
Canggu is a mix of the cool kids that hang at North Bondi mixed with the mega chic coastal vibes of Mexico’s Tulum. Think small boutiques, custom motorbike builders, board shapers & killer coffee haunts.
I spent a day here. Here’s why you should too.
I’m definitely not a yoga type and you will never find me tucking in an Acai bowl at breakfast time. Crate caters to this crowd but also kills it with their Aussie style breakfasts. I tucked into their homemade baked beans, poached egg and bacon dish.
The fit out is simple and looks like it’s been carved out of a slab of concrete. We’re down with that type of thing.
Australians travelling abroad get gravely disappointed when searching for good coffee. Crate keeps things very Surry Hills. You’ll be fine here.
Set amongst the rice fields of Canggu, Deus brings their custom motorbike/surfboard/bicycle vibes to Bali. This place is huge and has a killer Sunday session.
There are loads of areas to sprawl out, take in a Bintang, eat some food and try and score a free tattoo. Canggu & Bali is filled with some unreal custom motorbikes. There is no doubt why Deus set up shop here.
Old Man’s is a bar located right on the beach in Canggu. Once you’ve given up on surf lessons head in to there massively open planned bar.
Old Man’s boasts loads of space with a typical bistro menu and cheap beer. I spent hours here reading a book and sipping 100 beers. You can play table tennis, beer pong, use the change rooms & showers whilst beering away the afternoon.
If you head to Canggu you are destined to end up at Old Man’s.
It’s easy as pie to get to Canggu by requesting an UberX from anywhere in Bali. Canggu is an Uber-free zone for pick-ups. You’re at the mercy of local prices on the way home. Good luck.
I’m not sure what to say about Ubud. It’s not like the mega tourists haunts of Seminyak, Legian or Kuta but it’s not far off. Take a cab up to Ubud and you’ll see what I mean.
Yeah, you can do the spiritual holistic thing here but that’s not my game. Go to Ubud for food experiences.
Smack bang in the town centre lies Ibu Oka. Popular with locals and tourists, Ibu Oka, gets delivered the tenderest suckling pig (Babi Guling) every morning at 11am.
Skip breakfast and get in early – it sells out.
We hit up the house special featuring typical Indo salads, pork, crackling, sauces and the welcome addition of blood sausage. I was starting to miss Coogee after all a.k.a Little Dublin.
This was fun. For AUD$35.00 we were picked up from the hotel and taken to a homestead to learn to prepare traditional Balinese dishes.
We made fish satay, Gado Gado, yellow sauce, chicken curry amongst others. The host/owner is a crack up.
You’ll be blown away by Ibu Oka and will want to know how to recreate the flavours at home. Back it up with Paon Cooking Class and you’ll have the tools you need. Other honourable mentions is Naughty Nuri's Warung about 10 minutes out of central Ubud. They do roadside grilled American Style BBQ pork ribs.
Now – get the #dafuq out of Ubud.
Oh man. This place.
Take a 30-minute fastboat ride to Lembongan from Sanur and you’ll see what I mean.
Lembongan isn’t a party island. Expect world travelers, divers, surfers and a few dozen Chinese tour groups in the mix. If you’re looking for a party, there’s a good chance you’ll find it but don’t expect the club scene like in Kuta.
What’s not to love? Caribbean blue waters, great restaurants, cheap beachfront accommodation & a vibe that is totally un-Bali.
Hire a scooter for $7.00 a day and start exploring the island. From the Warungs (local restaurants), Nusa Ceningan (another island linked by a one-way bright yellow bridge), the bar scene or simply just watch the tide roll in and out with a ice-cold Bintang in hand.
We ate here a few times. Our pick was the Soto Ayam, which is a carb heavy chicken soup. Served with a plate of rice the chicken broth kicks the starch up a level with potato and rice noodles. It’ll soak up that handover in no time.
Live music every night and some wicked murals behind the stage and the bar. Missing home? They do ham, cheese and tomato jaffles too.
Hire a scooter and make your way here for cocktails and tacos. Swim in their pool, take in the tunes which will perfectly round out your afternoon. The soundtrack is is very beach club and if you come at low tide you can see the seaweed farmers harvesting their crop.
We got chatting to the owner who has locations in other parts of Indonesia. He said ‘What’s a Pirate without a Pirate Ship?’
You can soon charter their fully staffed vessel with 8 mates for about AUD$600.00 per night. Discover Indo in Le Pirates beach club style.
We attended the opening of this great little café whilst we were in Lembongan. Set up the hill just out of the main town, you can expect great things once they are in full swing.
Kopi Pondok roughly translates as Coffee Hut. These guys will be bringing over coffee beans from Australia whilst still supporting local produce. They will be featuring a simple food menu and will of course keep the cold drinks flowing.
The café is set in it’s own garden oasis with a great attention to the small details and will soon feature a villa built at the back of the property for holiday makers.
Sanur is the gateway to Lembongan and is popular with travelling families as it is a little less hectic that other parts of Bali. We didn’t spend much time here but it’s worth checking out the night market before you go to the airport.
SANUR NIGHT MARKET – PASAR MILAM SINDU
My time here was super rushed. I wish I had an extra hour up my sleeve. Every night this square gets packed with motorbikes and food vendors dishing up traditional Balinese and Indonesia fare.
Hit up a Bakso Man vendor (Chicken ball soup with noodles), some mixed Gado Gado salad and some satay skewers for under $5.00. Epic.
There is a woman selling beer towards the back – just make sure you return the bottle. She takes them to South Australia to get the 10 cents back.
Now back to the grills. It'll be the only tan we'll be getting for a while. More images below.
I know, on the right hand side of this page I promised to not bang on about Busboy too much.
Promises get broken, this is real life my friends.
I’ve never really spent too much time in front of the camera. For my Year 12 highschool major work I filmed an action movie with all my buddies. We had back alley car chases on pushbikes with a 1987 Ford Falcon tearing up back alleys, home-made squib bullet hits and staged break and enters.
Google home-made fake blood squib bullet hole effects. You’ll see a photo of me funnelling gooey fake blood into a garden hose being primed by a grass fertilizer pump bottle with one of my mates trying to gaffer tape it to an old flannelette shirt.
You should see the fake gun effects. Next level ghetto.
Last weekend we loaded the Busboy set up into the back of one of GoGet's Toyota Hi Ace Vans and headed out to Central West, NSW. GoGet is super handy. We use them all the time when moving around the city. It’s the perfect small business tool to easily access a whole bunch of vehicles just using a smart phone. It’s a no brainer for us and helps bring Busboy to all you good folk. GoGet includes fuel, insurance and servicing. All we do is book and drive.
How you like that for a plug? – they look after us, it’s only fair.
We have shot a bunch of dodgey iPhone footage over the months from breweries to picnics to our corporate functions. We got together with Josh from Elk Films with this brief to shoot something a little more legit;
I want to film a video. The brief is:
We travelled to Parkes, NSW and surrounds to shoot. The neighbourhoods have a real Australiana vibe where we hurled the Busboy bike down streets getting some really sweet slow-mo footage. Josh kept his balance in the back of said van to get some rolling footage of the bike and a skateboard in motion. We can’t wait it’s going to look great.
We finished the shoot tipping a few tinnies at the cricket before heading out of town setting up on a paddock when the light was looking puurf. Queue images of a country sunset with cows grazing in the background.
We wrapped it up and headed back into town for dinner…and here’s the big pro tip. If you’re thinking of heading to Parkes eat at Chong Hing Chinese Restaurant on Clarinda St. The $21pp banquet and $5.00 VB stubbies have left an imprint in my mind. Country Chinese restaurants rule.
A big thanks to Josh for making this happen. If you’re looking for something a little left of centre, he is your guy. Check out www.elkfilms.com for more details.
Special thanks to legends Young Henrys and Batch Brewing Co for hooking us up with some of your beers for the shoot.
You can visit their breweries at;
76 Wilford St, Newtown
Batch Brewing Co
44 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville
Stay tuned for the video.
BKK - Thailand
If you're a self-indulgent prick like me then you want your buck’s party to be huge.
There is definitely a time and place for a seedy club, an excessive drinking encouraged establishment where sins are washed away by some kind of vile concoction. I’ve been here. Many times.
A bucks party is the perfect reason to gather your buds and plan something epic that will go down in folklore. When we were planning a wedding, a 3.5 month honeymoon, something huge was brewing for the lads.
We went to Thailand. Bangkok to be exact. I know what you’re thinking. We are those Hangover movie type ‘We should go to Vegas’ type dicks.
I swear it’s not like that. Well maybe a little bit.
Here is a hard and fast recommendation to make it a worthwhile occasion for the lads.
1. Destination – Like destination weddings, a destination bucks is highly self-indulgent and costs a bit of coin. What you get in return are guests in holiday/party mode. They are separated from their work, partners and alarm clocks. Get out of your own city. Get rid of those shackles. We went to Bangkok, Thailand. We spent 3 nights partying in Bangkok before starting cycling tour down the coast. More on that below.
2. Crew – Assemble a stellar crew. Not too many now that you are hitting a destination.
3. Funding – You’re trying to pay for a wedding and honeymoon. Oh, you’re also paying for rent, food, bills, Netflix and life. It’s tough to fund a trip like this. You need to figure this out without your plus one wilding about the money.
We had a punters club. We set up a Facebook group to post our bets. The best man collected money from everyone weekly and placed the bets. Each week someone in the club had the floor to win the boys some money. Trick is save half the money you inject into the account each week and bet the olther half. Either way, you're saving every week. Over a few months we had a few thousands dollars racked up which paid for hotels, tours and party.
4. Activities – Organise something! I’ve been to too many bucks parties with nothing sorted out. It ends up 20 guys standing out the front of the bar wondering why the bouncer doesn’t let them in.
We spent 3 days/nights of partying in Bangkok. We set rules, everyday we had to wear party shirts and every night we suited up. A crew of lads suited up in Thailand amongst the backpackers in fisherman pants is quite the spectacle. We went pimp for the first 3 nights staying in the slick digs of the W Hotel Bangkok. The breakfast is on point for your dusty head. I still have cravings for their jalapeno pizza and English style beef mince on toast.
Being Thailand, just walking the streets amongst street vendors, eating from food carts, cruising markets and hitting up some street side beers is the best.
The nights were what you would expect. If we ever cross paths for a beer I’ll tell you all about it. We hired a photographer to follow us around for a few hours. I've never felt so much like a wanker. Worth it. We paid for people to make us printed Busboy t-shirts. We paid a bar to let us DJ. Kendrick Lamar 2014 got a huge run. We were the kings of Thailand for a week.
After Bangkok we were picked up and drove 2 hours south to Hua Hin. We lycra’d up, support vehicle fuelled and our Tour de Thailand jerseys on, the lads were riding 400km south stopping in at villages, eating at tiny restaurants and experiencing a different style of bucks partying than the normal strip club mess.
We cycled one day for 4 hours and stopped at a beach side haven. Exhausted from the heat we rehydrated and took the piss out of our mate that took refuge in the support vehicle. Have you ever had a charcoal cooked bass with lashings of young mango sauce? It was cooked on top of old mates 1968 VW Beetle BTW. Either had I.
Our hosts treated us to traditional Thai life. We gorged on traditional Thai feasts, learnt about the countries cultural delicate subjects whilst seeing it all from the saddle of a pushy. Every night we had a skin full of Chang beer, then hit the road again the next day. One of the boys had a collision with one families goose. We split before there were $$$ damages.
Make it happen. Simple. Hit me up if you want more. Sa wa dee ka.
It's been a huge year for our little business.
We officially starting rolling in August 2015 and have managed to iron out some of the bumps early whilst building a growing social following, developing our relationships with the local Brewers, learnt a tonne and have received some glowing praise from our fans.
We were recently featured in 'The Ten Best Food Trucks in Sydney' on Concrete Playground. This is an amazing list to be part of which I am very thankful for.
A big thank you to all of our friends, family, suppliers, new clients, Brewers, social media followers and our customers. Without support, small businesses like this don't work. Thank you!
We have a few things in the pipeline for early 2016. We'll start by growing the events side of our business and also by throwing a few curve balls in to change up our public menu for the breweries.
We aren't putting the Redneck thing to bed just yet but want to try out a few new dishes to keep it interesting. Check out Facebook for event details and new menus as they happen.
We are pumped for 2016 and hope to take you all along for the ride.
Have a safe and happy holiday season - all the best for 2016.
Ben - Busboy