A Kombi van named Marmalade gets a new lease on life

Cheers: Reanne Potter and husband Michael Turner with their Kombi Keg, which is like a bar on wheels. Picture: Sylvia Liber
Cheers: Reanne Potter and husband Michael Turner with their Kombi Keg, which is like a bar on wheels. Picture: Sylvia Liber

If you can’t afford to open a bar, then maybe a Kombi van is the next best thing.

Especially if that Kombi has taps on the side that are hooked up to beer kegs.

That’s why Wollongong couple Reanne Potter and Michael Turner started a Kombi Keg franchise in Wollongong, after a friend showed them a photo.

“Both Michael and I went, ‘we need that’,” Ms Potter said.

“For years we wanted to open a bar, which was one of the reasons we moved to Wollongong. But we quickly realised that was completely unaffordable so when we saw the Kombi Keg, we thought, ‘ahh, a mobile bar’.

“So we decided right there and then that we would buy it.”

Their Kombi came with a history and a name – Marmalade.

“It was owned by a an old couple in Tasmania and they used to make marmalade and sell marmalade from her,” Ms Potter said.

“When her husband passed away she just let the Kombi go to wrack and ruin until Kombi Keg found her, did her up and made her into a mobile bar.”

The couple’s Kombi Keg is available for hire. They can hang around to serve the beers.

If the party is on private property, they can drive it up, let the guests serve themselves and pick it up again the next morning.

They’re not licenced, so people have to get the beer kegs themselves – though the couple can put them in touch with some of the local breweries in the Illawarra.

“We’re all about local, about supporting local businesss and we’ve got some great relationships with brewers,” Ms Potter said.

“And they’re some of the best brewers anyway, their beer is really good.”

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