Emerson’s Brewery #Dunedin

Richard Emerson 2014-05-22_at_10_34_58_am [stoppress.co.nz]Founder Richard Emerson (via stoppress.co.nz)

█ Premium Craft Beer | Emerson’s Brewery Dunedin http://www.emersons.co.nz/

### NZ Herald Online 11:08 AM Wednesday Apr 10, 2013
Lion paid $8m for Emerson’s brewery
By Christopher Adams
Brewing giant Lion paid $8 million for Dunedin craft beer maker Emerson’s last year, according to documents filed with the Companies Office. At the time of the November takeover the Auckland-based company did not disclose the multi-million dollar price tag it paid for the South Island firm, which was founded in 1992, making it one of the most established and well-known craft brands in the country. But Lion is required to file its financial statements with the Companies Office due to its foreign ownership by Japanese brewer Kirin.
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Emerson’s Brewery On The Move
Monday, 20 October 2014, 3:22 pm
Press Release: Emerson’s

Dunedin, New Zealand – 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.
Link to Scoop


DCC Webmap (Anzac Avenue 2006-07)DCC Webmap [click to enlarge]

Cr Hall had been in dispute with the council over access to his land for three years, after realignment of State Highway 88 during Forsyth Barr Stadium’s construction.

### ODT Online Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Brewery’s big plans revealed
By Vaughan Elder
An expanding Emerson’s Brewery is set to become a ”world-class” tourist destination now an agreement has been reached to buy a new site. The development – expected to cost in the millions – will be open for tours and house a new brewery, warehousing, retail store plus a bar and restaurant. The 22-year-old Dunedin brewery’s purchase of two adjacent pieces of land in Anzac Ave, belonging to the Dunedin City Council and Cr Doug Hall, also resolves a long-running access dispute over the land.
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The global environment in which we operate has always meant swings and roundabouts for New Zealand goods and services.

### ODT Online Mon, 27 Oct 2014
Editorial: Swings and roundabouts
It has been a tale of two fortunes for city businesses this month. […] And as one door closes [Donaghys], another opens. Dunedin’s Emerson’s Brewery last week announced it had bought land on Anzac Ave, and would move from its nearby Wickliffe St site to build a multimillion-dollar expanded operation with a new brewery, warehousing, retail store, bar and restaurant. The company envisaged it would become a “world-class” tourist destination and the expansion would create jobs.
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28 responses to “Emerson’s Brewery #Dunedin

  1. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Thu, 30 Oct 2014
    Hall business still has nowhere to go but owner not worried
    By Chris Morris
    Dunedin city councillor Doug Hall says his business still has no new home to go to, just weeks before he quits his yard beside State Highway 88. However, the contractor-turned-councillor is not worried, saying his company will continue wherever it ends up. His hunt may be helped by last week’s $4.5 million sale of his existing yard to Emerson’s Brewery.
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  2. Elizabeth

    Emerson’s Brewery released renders of their proposed development to SH88 —Facebook 12 hours ago

    Emerson's Brewery Site Plan (via Facebook 13.11.14)Emerson's Brewery perspective 1 (via Facebook 13.11.14)Emerson's Brewery perspective 2 (via Facebook 13.11.14)


  3. Elizabeth

    The building will be either brick, or concrete tilt-slab construction faced with brick. “We wanted to keep in the spirit of Dunedin with the design … the saw-tooth [industrial-style] buildings,” [brewer and founder] Richard Emerson said of the building’s roofline.

    ### ODT Online Fri, 14 Nov 2014
    New brewery lifts Lion’s stake in city
    By Simon Hartley
    Brewing giant Lion will have invested more than $50 million in its Dunedin operations by the time Emerson’s new brewery begins operation. Lion, which spent $40 million redeveloping the Speight’s site in Rattray St, bought the 22-year-old Emerson’s brewery outright for $8 million and is understood to be spending more than $6 million on Emerson’s new 14,000sq m site in Anzac Ave.
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  4. Elizabeth

    Doug Hall, ‘still about $700,000 out of pocket from legal and other bills arising from the SH88 dispute’.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 7 Mar 2015
    Council to recover $420,000 from land sale
    By Chris Morris
    The Dunedin City Council will recoup $420,000 from a land sale that helped settle a dispute with Dunedin city councillor Doug Hall. […] The money came from the sale of a 2574sq m section of council-owned land beside State Highway 88 to Dunedin Holdings Ltd, an agent acting for Lion, which owns Emerson’s Brewery. The sale was part of a wider deal that also saw Cr Hall agree to sell his own property beside SH88 to Lion for $4.5 million.
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  5. Anonymous

    “Market values”

    $4.5M for 14000 sq m = $321/sq m
    $420K for 2574 sq m = $163/sq m

    At market values for industrial land, as set by the recent sale of the adjacent property not 3 months ago, DCC should have received $827,357 for the property. Looks at first glance as if it has been sold for roughly 50% of market value.

    Maybe someone can also do a comparison with the sale price and land area of 20 Parry St. Or any other property down Parry St that was sold in recent years.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Any guesses on what they’ll sell the bowling club land for?

      • Elizabeth

        Answer: Terry Davies’ Used Car Sales Yard.

        • Hype O'Thermia

          Yes, well I can see how “commercial sensitivity” would come into the picture regarding all aspects of the sale.
          Actually I meant “what price” – referring to the post above, Anonymous
          March 8, 2015 at 10:17 pm “Market values”.
          Elizabeth’s answer does however give heavy hints as to where on the value per sq.m. line it’ll sit.

        • Elizabeth

          Well OK Hype, another bulk barn then.

  6. Elizabeth

    VERY interesting. WTH

  7. Scavenger

    Oi !!!! %#$^&*#$%$^%&*

    ### dunedintv.co.nz March 9, 2015 – 5:54pm
    DCC to make back losses from property dispute
    A large chunk of the money spent by the Dunedin City Council on a property access dispute will be recovered.

    {Thanks for link, reformatted slightly. -Eds}

  8. Elizabeth

    Brewer Richard Emerson is brimming with enthusiasm for the project expected to be completed by mid-2016.

    ### ODT Online Fri, 27 Mar 2015
    Earthworks begin for Emerson’s project
    By Simon Hartley
    Work is under way on Emerson’s Brewery new redevelopment, worth up to $6 million, in Dunedin after earthworks began on the Anzac Ave site this week. […] Ben van Meurs, senior contract manager for construction company Downer, expects to find some historical artefacts in the reclaimed land during the earthworks phase, and will have Heritage New Zealand (HNZ) on hand to assess whether further more detailed excavation is necessary.
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  9. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz April 20, 2015 – 5:53pm
    New Emerson’s Brewery complex calls for construction tenders
    Tenders are being called for in relation to the multi-million dollar construction of a new Emerson’s Brewery complex. It’ll include a restaurant and bar, and is aimed at becoming a tourist attraction, similar to Speight’s. The complex is being built on the former Hall Bros Transport depot site at the intersection of Anzac Avenue and Frederick Street. Sub-contractors and suppliers have until Thursday to submit tenders for the work. The brewery complex is designed to include public tours and a retail store. It’s owned by Lion, New Zealand’s largest alcohol beverage company, which also owns Speight’s.
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  10. Calvin Oaten

    Tut tut! Mike. Lion/ Speight’s / Emersons et al are iconic NZ institutions. Just because they happen to be owned by Japanese conglomerates has nothing to do with it. Just ask the Highlanders and all its suckers…err… supporters. It’s what is known as ‘Globalisation’ and that’s great! Just ask John Key.

    • Mike

      Calvin: Speight’s are still living off the time they got 3 gold medals at an exhibition back in the 1800s, they don’t seem to have won any since – it’s crap beer, even worse that we claim it as ‘ours’.

      Lion is just a holding company.

      Emerson’s is great – it should be Dunedin’s beer rather than that other swill.

  11. Hype O'Thermia

    Speight’s mass-production beer is indeed swill, but I wouldn’t say the same about their batch brews. Still not up to Emerson’s, but as good as many of the “craft beers”. Worth trying. I went on a factory tour with a group many years ago, “highlight” was tasting at the end of the tour and I wasn’t looking forward to it with huge enthusiasm. While I wasn’t crazy about all of them there were some very drinkable drops, and all were unlike the bulk weasel-pee.
    That said, we are in agreement on this though: “Emerson’s is great – it should be Dunedin’s beer”. It certainly should be.

  12. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Fri, 12 Jun 2015
    $30 million Emerson’s investment confirmed
    By Simon Hartley
    Brewing giant Lion has confirmed it is underpinning the future of Dunedin’s award-winning Emerson’s Brewery to the tune of almost $30 million. Buying the Anzac Ave site where Emerson’s is being relocated and building the new brewery is costing Lion more than $20 million.
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  13. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Fri, 26 Jun 2015
    Relics from 1800s found at brewery site
    By Rhys Chamberlain
    Emerson’s will not just be brewing fine ales from its new site on Anzac Ave, it will also be showcasing pieces of Dunedin’s history unearthed during site excavation work. […] Jackie Gillies Associates principal archaeologist and heritage consultant Dr Andrea Farminer said the site had been identified, before excavation started, as having hidden artefacts. Hundreds of salvageable items had been found.
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    Otago Daily Times Published on Jun 25, 2015
    Emerson’s Brewery : Relics from late 1800s uncovered
    Dr Andrea Farminer and Emerson’s Brewery founder Richard Emerson discuss some of the finds on the Emerson Brewery construction site.

    Otago Daily Times Published on Jun 25, 2015
    1890’s bottles found at new brewery site
    Archaeologist and heritage consultant Dr Andrea Farminer and Emerson’s Brewery founder Richard Emerson look at bottles found at the Brewery’s site

    • Gurglars

      It goes to show that recycling caper has its drawbacks. A simple town dump has become an archaelogical treasure trove. I hope Richard puts the old bottles through the bottlewasher before ………

  14. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Wed, 22 Jul 2015
    First slab hoisted
    The first slab of pre-cast concrete was hoisted into place at Lion-owned Emerson’s Brewery in Dunedin yesterday, as part of development worth more than $28 million. […] Construction is set to continue through winter and the opening is scheduled for mid-2016.
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  15. Elizabeth

    █ Emerson’s Brewery is scheduled to open in July 2016.

    ### ODT Online Tue, 22 Dec 2015
    Brewery building moving along
    By Shawn McAvinue
    The new Emerson’s Brewery is beginning to take shape in Dunedin. Brewery manager Chris O’Leary said construction at 80 Anzac Ave was on track and there was a “roof shout” on site on Friday to celebrate the roof being installed. “We’re looking pretty good.”
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  16. Elizabeth

    Our Dear Richard

    Wed, 6 Apr 2016
    ODT: Emerson’s unveils mobile Mini Bar (+ video)
    Richard Emerson has brought new meaning to the words “mini bar”. The founder of Emerson’s Brewery has unveiled his latest gear for dispensing his beer – a 1974 Morris Mini 1000, otherwise known as (you guessed it), The Mini Bar.

  17. Elizabeth

    Fri, 27 May 2016
    ODT: Patrons soon able to smell the hops
    The new $25million Emerson’s Brewery in Dunedin is on track to open to the public in about five weeks. When patrons step through the main doors on July 4, they will walk into the middle of a working brewery. Before reaching the bar and restaurant, they will see staff working in the main brewery and among holding tanks.

  18. Elizabeth

    New site will employ 35 people, compared to 15 at the old Emerson’s brewery nearby.

    Tue, 21 Jun 2016
    ODT: New era for Emerson’s
    Hundreds of people turned out for the opening of the new Emerson’s Brewing Company in Dunedin today. Founder Richard Emerson formally opened the $25 million building, and his mother Ingrid Emerson cut the ribbon. The land near Dunedin’s Forsyth Barr Stadium was bought for the project in 2014.

  19. Elizabeth

    Wed, 22 Jun 2016
    ODT: Brewer’s success born from determination (+ video)
    The big new $25 million brick brewery standing proudly on Anzac Ave in Dunedin may have been what hundreds turned up to see, but for one very proud mother, it was the feats of her son in overcoming the odds that made the day. Ingrid Emerson, the mother of Emerson’s Brewery founder Richard, described him as “such a determined character” who had gone from leaving her kitchen a sticky mess from his brewing experiments to opening the new brewery yesterday. All that from someone who was born deaf, and had to learn to lip-read to communicate.

  20. Elizabeth

    Tue, 9 Aug 2016
    Milestone for city’s newest brewery
    A steam train’s whistle sounded across the Otago Harbour at lunchtime, without a steam train being in the city. It wasn’t a ghost train, but a milestone at the city’s newest brewery being announced in a way that’s close to the founder’s heart.
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    Channel 39 Published on Aug 8, 2016

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