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Issue 65 - 30th March 2001 - Monteiths Re-Opened


Issue 65 - 30 March 2001 - MONTEITHS RE-OPENED

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Hop Harvest 2001

Congratulations to the West Coast. This is the first time that I can remember a consumer boycott by New Zealanders, or more accurately the threat of it, changing a corporate decision. It was a surprising response, although if you had to name one thing guaranteed to get Kiwis hot under the collar, it would probably be beer.

DB Breweries has listened and responded to messages from West Coasters and loyal consumers throughout the country and will continue to produce significant volume of Monteith's beer from its West Coast brewery.A compromise has been reached through consultation with West Coast MP Damien O'Connor and the mayor of Grey District Council, Kevin Brown says DB Breweries managing director, Brian Blake.

CHEERS MONTEITHS, BUT WATCH OUT FOR THE HANGOVER! "But the hangover is that DB have not guaranteed the 14 staff made redundant their jobs back. "This is clearly because they are going to move some of their production to Auckland instead of expanding their West Coast operation.

BEER BATTLE GETS BITTER The battle over brewing Monteith's beer on the West Coast may end up at the Employment Relations Authority. Dominion Breweries backed down on Tuesday and announced it will restart some production at its Greymouth factory.,1227,34507,00.html

BREWERY'S END SPARKS CALL FOR A BEER BOYCOTT DB Breweries has infuriated West Coasters with its decision to close Monteiths Brewing in Greymouth, prompting a call for loyal drinkers to boycott the beer range, which will now be made in Auckland. The Monteiths range, 330ml bottles and kegs, will be made in Auckland as the West Coast plant is decommissioned over the next four weeks, possibly preventing any other brewer setting up on the premises DB bought in 1986.


MONTEITH'S SAISON BIERE The Saison style is known for its unique golden amber hue and strong hop flavour which is tinged with a sweet spiciness and offers fruity and malty aromas. Monteith's Saison Biere has an equally distinctive aroma and a hugely intriguing mouth feel with pleasing raisin-like notes complemented by the slightly tart citrus notes of Monteith's exclusively grown Saaz hop. This beer will delight and surprise people not used to these unusual hop flavours.

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*********************************************************** Real Beer, Inc. Announces the Launch of Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium.

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American connoisseurs are increasingly aware that the most individualistic "fine wines" of the beer world are made in Belgium. The problem lies in finding some of these great brews, and learning about them. Which are the Champagnes of Belgium? Should a beer named after an Abbot be rich and full-bodied? Should a cherry beer be sweetened?

Michael Jackson (not the singer, but The Beerhunter) is famously passionate about Belgian brews. He has been in Belgium recently, hunting-down specialties that are not available in the U.S. and capturing them for a new beer-of-the-month club.

The new club, announced by Real Beer, Inc., is to be called Michael Jackson's The Great Beers of Belgium.

Michael Jackson is the world's most widely published writer on beer. He has made television films, writes for magazines and newspapers, and has produced ten books. The only one devoted to a single country is called The Great Beers of Belgium. This book inspired the new club.

The author, honored by Crown Prince Phillipe of Belgium for his writing on the country's beers, will produce background stories and tasting notes to accompany each selection (and answer some of those questions about the beers).

The club, which is currently accepting members for delivery commencing in July, provides enthusiasts with 12 bottles of gourmet Belgian beer from a different brewery each month. These beers are not available in the USA through traditional channels. Among the beers selected for the club is one made by Pierre Celis, a Belgian brewer who is famous on both sides of he Atlantic. He revived the "White Beer" style in Belgium, and then founded the Celis Brewery in Texas. The brewery was later sold to Miller. Back in Belgium, Celis developed Grottenbier, a beer matured by the champagne method in caves near the river Meuse. It is strong dark ale, in which small quantities of "exotic" spices are added to create a gentle, balancing dryness and crispness. When Jackson tasted an early batch, in December 1998, he named it his Beer of the Year.

For the beer lover this club may seem too good to be true and there is a catch: because of the limited size of some of the breweries, the club is restricted 5,000 members. And it is expected to be at capacity well before the first delivery.

Launched in 1994 as one of the industry's first online players, Real Beer, Inc. (, quickly became the home of the largest beer community in the world. In 2000 the company merged with, owners of The Michael Jackson Real Beer Tour, the world's premier beer-of-the-month club. Real Beer Inc., now the world's largest source for beer and information about beer, boasts over 500,000 unique monthly visitors, 120,000 email subscribers and 150,000+ pages of content about beer.

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MONTEITH'S WILDFOOD CHALLENGE Auckland 8 - 23 June Tauranga & Hamilton 15 - 30 June Wellington 22 June - 7 July Christchurch 29 June - 14 July Dunedin 6 - 21 July

AUSTRALIAN BEER AWARDS Entries close - 9 April Beer Awards Dinner - 21 June Brewers Brunch - 22 June

*********************************************************** BREWERY FOR SALE - WELLINGTON All equipment from the Copperhead Brewery is now available for sale as individual pieces.

BREWERY FOR SALE - New Zealand Full mash brewery available to right buyer. Everything you need for immediate start. Well presented and easy to operate. Can arrange removal and recommissioning. Brew-length 20hl. Inventory available. Fraction of new price. Contact


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