11 November 2014 - Best Beer HQ
Emerson’s craft brewery moving homes in Dunedin
Award-winning New Zealand craft beer maker Emerson’s is set to move to a new home in Dunedin.
Emerson’s, which was purchased by Australasian food-and-beverage company Lion in 2012, has purchased a new Anzac Ave site in Dunedin, the second-largest city on New Zealand’s South Island.
A big improvement on its current Dunedin home on Wickliffe Street, the brewer says its new site will allow it to increase production of its craft beers to meet the demand of thirsty Kiwi beer lovers.
It’s the fourth time that Emerson’s has moved since its establishment in 1993.
Founder Richard Emerson commented: “Moving brewhouses and tanks is not new to us but this time, we want to create a place where people can touch, smell, taste and experience more about Emerson’s and its story.”
The craft brewery will be supported by international consultancy Beca, which will manage the project. Plans for the site currently include a new brewery and more warehousing, as well as a retail store and bar area for visitors.
Work is expected to get under way in December 2014, with a targeted completion date of early 2016.
Lion’s managing director Rory Glass said final plans for the new Emerson’s brewery site will be shared more widely in due course.
He added: “We stand by our commitment of allowing Emerson’s to continue doing what they do well – experimenting and brewing great beer and we are genuinely excited about helping Emerson’s to build a new home in which they can realise their growth aspirations now and in the future.”
Richard Emerson founded Emerson’s in 1993, after becoming disillusioned with existing New Zealand beers. Emerson’s beers are not pasteurised like most mainstream Kiwi beers. They’re typically produced only from malted barley, hops, yeast and water, and contain no preservatives.
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