Emerson’s continues Dunedin’s thirst for first

Published on : Wednesday, May 4, 2016

unnamedQuirky, Gaelic-infused Dunedin is New Zealand’s city of firsts – first city, first newspaper, first university… turns out, it’s also the place to work up a thirst.Emerson’s Brewery and the beers are the creation of New Zealander Richard Emerson, food technician turned brewmeister, who started out making beer in his downtime at work.
Credit- Emerson’s Brewery
From kitchen experiments to a friend’s garage and award-winning brews, New Zealand craft brewer Richard Emerson is brewing up to open New Zealand’s newest craft beer destination – a shiny new brewery and visitor centre in central Dunedin.

In New Zealand’s short European history, the Scots-founded South Island city of Dunedin has a proud history of pioneering firsts – first city (proclaimed in 1868), first main centre with a daily newspaper (The Otago Daily Times, 1861), first southern hemisphere city to receive live fish eggs from England (salmon ova, 1868), and that was just the beginning.

Meanwhile, almost 150 years on, the pipes still sound, the newspaper prints, the salmon bite and Dunedin’s appetite and enthusiasm for creating firsts hasn’t waned – step up Emerson’s, one of New Zealand’s first and most successful, independent breweries, soon to celebrate its 23rd anniversary and make its next big move in mid-2016.

Emerson’s Brewery has been turning out consistently awarding-winning stouts, lagers, ales and more since 1993, and is soon to move into big new premises designed to let beer enthusiasts get up close and personal with their favourite tipple, and the people who make it.

The brewery and the beers are the creation of Richard Emerson, food technician turned brewmeister, who started out making beer in his downtime at work and then in the family kitchen, before moving into a friend’s garage in 1988.

Portsider-12While his parents may have been happy to get the kitchen back, they were also very supportive in those early days, as Richard mastered the art of brewing, becoming a master brewer in the process. It always was, he says, a labour of love, and still is.


Source:-Tourism New Zealand

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