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Emerson's Brewery On The Move

Emerson’s has today purchased a new site in Anzac Ave, Dunedin

20 October 2014

Emerson’s, with support from Lion, has today purchased a new site in Anzac Ave, Dunedin where they plan to build a brand new spiritual home for this iconic New Zealand craft brewery.

The new site will allow Emerson’s to meet increasing demand for its high quality beers whilst continuing to bring new and interesting beers to beer lovers.

This is the fourth move in the Emerson’s journey and Founder Richard Emerson says the new site will be a vast improvement on the place they currently call home.

“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," says Emerson.

Emerson’s, supported by Beca who will be project managing the development locally, are progressing well with the plans for the site which will house a new brewery, warehousing, retail store and bar area where visitors can enjoy a beer matched with good food. Improved staff facilities are also a key consideration for the new development.

Lion’s Managing Director, Rory Glass says today marks the start of another exciting chapter in Emerson’s history and Lion is delighted to be able to help them reach their full potential.

“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” says Glass.

Work is expected to get under way on the site in December 2014 with a target completion date for the new Emerson’s Brewery in early 2016. Final plans for the site will be shared more widely in due course but Emerson’s have extended their current lease at Wickliffe Street to cover them until the new site is fully operational.

For now however, it is business as usual for Emerson’s and the team remain focused on creating great beers for Emerson’s fans to enjoy.



For more information:

Bob KingJude Walter
General Manager – Emerson’sLion - External Relations Manager
027 2306502027 2863961


About Emerson’s:

After experiencing beers overseas, Richard Emerson returned to New Zealand and was inspired to try and create that variety and quality here. Building on his passion and brewing jobs overseas, he set about experimenting on a small scale.

The company was formed in October 1992 with help of family and friends. The first brew from the 4 Grange St, Dunedin site was London Porter in January 1993. Growing consumer demand lead to rapid expansion and a move across the road to larger premises which were also soon outgrown. In 2005 Emerson’s moved to the present Wickliffe Street site.

In November 2012, Lion acquired 100% of the Emerson’s shares and since then it has operated as a stand-alone business unit within Lion.

Emerson’s employ an enthusiastic team of thirteen full time staff and several part timers who pride themselves on producing fresh beer that’s full of flavour. They focus on having fun, experimenting and brewing great beers and this places Emerson’s beers among the best in the world.