• Patrick McBride

Monteith's Closure 2021?

In 2001 a decision had been made following a comprehensive review of brewing options across the company’s four breweries to close Greymouth. It seems those same discussions have once again been had pending an announcement 20 years on.

Marc Robinson showed McBride Vision around the brewery in 2015 after winning the "Key" to Monteiths and a chance to brew his own beer in a nationwide competition.

On the back of Monteith’s launching five new brews in Australia last week, just in time for Summer, it seems the future of the Greymouth Brewery is under the spotlight.

DB Breweries in 2001 announced that it would transfer production from its West Coast brewery in Greymouth to its Waitemata Brewery in Auckland.

Brian Blake at the time said it had been a difficult decision and the company regretted having to take action. Mr Blake said the closure affected fourteen staff and their families.

“Manufacturing out of Auckland provides logistical advantages" Blake said.

MP Damien O'Connor and known PR guru Gerry Morris were vocal in the fight to keep the brewery on the Coast. Fast track 20 years, a global pandemic has given companies a chance to look at their operations and change the way they go about business.