History
History

In 1868 Stewart Monteith joined the Phoenix Brewery on the West Coast, Stewart was the head brewer and a shareholder at the brewery. Many of the brews produced from the brewery were branded with the Monteith’s name, and the brewery was commonly known among locals as the ‘Monteith’s Brewery’. Stewart eventually took full ownership of the brewery in 1890.

The Phoenix Brewery ran for many years until it merged with a group of small breweries to form Westland Brewing Company in 1927, headed up by Stewart’s son, William.

By 1969, Westland Brewing Company became part of the Dominion Breweries Group. Westland Brewing Company still produced its own beers, including Monteith’s Ale.

In 1990, Monteith’s Ale was one of the only remaining brands from the Westland Brewery. History clearly showed that the Monteith family and their brews were at the core of what had been Westland Brewing Company and its predecessor, Phoenix Brewery. Therefore, it was decided to officially name the brewery Monteith’s Brewing Company at this time. ‘Since 1868’ was established as part of the new Monteith’s logo and has been used in all communications ever since.

We are celebrating 150 years of the Monteith’s Brewing Company in 2018 because the breweries have been known under that name, both unofficially and officially, since 1868.

Timeline of Monteith’s History

1868

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

1890

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

1927

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.

1928

Under William’s leadership, Westland Brewing Company establishes its head office at Monteith’s present site in Greymouth.  

1969

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

1990

By 1990, Monteith’s Ale is one of the only remaining brands from Westland Brewing Company. The brewery looks back at its roots and decides to celebrate the Monteith’s family legacy by renaming itself Monteith’s Brewing Company. The name is officially trademarked and ‘Since 1868’ is added to all communications and packaging.   

2001

DB Breweries attempts to close the Monteith’s Brewery 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.

2008

Monteith’s Brewing Company celebrates its 140th with a commemorative 140 Pale Ale pack.

2012

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 tourism maps.

2018

Monteith’s celebrates the 150 years and the legacy of the Monteith’s family and their exceptional brews. Monteith’s launches its ‘Brewed for Right Now’ campaign, which looks to the future and celebrates that fact that there is a Monteith’s brew for every occasion.