Phoenix Brewery Oldest Photo 1868

A Legacy Begins

The Monteith’s legacy begins in 1868, when Stewart Monteith joined Phoenix Brewery in Reefton as its head brewer and shareholder. During this time, many of the brews produced from the brewery were labelled with the Monteith’s name, and the brewery was commonly known among locals as the ‘Monteith’s Brewery’.

Old Phoniex Label Phoenix Brewer Ltd 1890

Monteith Takes Over

Stewart Monteith takes full ownership of Phoenix Brewery and continues to produce Monteith’s branded brews.

Westland Brewery 1927

Westland Is Formed

The Phoenix Brewery merges with a group of small breweries to form Westland Brewing Company in 1927, headed up by Stewart’s son, William. The brewery continues to produce Monteith’s-branded brews.

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A Union With Dominion

Westland Brewing Company joins Dominion Breweries Group. Westland Brewing Company still produces its own beers including classic Monteith’s Ale.

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Recognising A Legacy

By 1990, Monteith’s Ale is one of the only remaining brands from Westland Brewing Company. To recognise the Monteith’s family legacy to New Zealand beer, the Westland Brewing Company is renamed Monteith’s Brewing Company. The name is officially trademarked and ‘since 1868’ is added to all communications and packaging.

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In Monteith's Country

DB Breweries attempts to close the Monteith’s site in Greymouth and move all production to Auckland and Timaru. The brewery reopens four days later following public outcry around the country demanding that the iconic Monteith’s brand continue to be brewed on the West Coast.

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A Fresh Start

DB Breweries invests significantly in Monteith’s Brewing Company by building a new look brewery and taproom in Greymouth. The brewery befits its long-standing reputation for producing award-winning beer and cider and firmly stamps Greymouth on must-visit tourist spots.

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Brewed For Right Now

Monteith’s celebrates 150 years of beer-making history with the launch of the ‘Brewed for Right Now’ campaign - a nod to the past and the future of new brews for every occasion.

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Innovation into Cans

Monteith’s introduces two delicious new hazy brews, the West Coastin’ Hazy IPA and the Gold Dust Hazy Pale Ale. This represents Monteith’s first foray into the can format with both new brews, as well as the popular Phoenix IPA. The brand also later launches a Tight Lines Pale Ale into the can format to reinforce its priority in that format.