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THE HISTORYof SPEIGHT'S BEER

The History of Speight's Beer

Speight's has a rich history

In 1876 James Speight, Charles Greenslade and William Dawson set up Speight’s Brewery in Dunedin. Situated on the same site today in Rattray Street Dunedin, Speight’s is the Pride of the South.

The Founders

In 1876, in the bustling southern city of Dunedin, James Speight's brewing dream became a reality. With a couple of mates, Charles Greenslade and William Dawson, he purchased an evacuated bottling and malt plant, where all three had worked, and set up his own brewery.

The three men made a great team and they wasted no time in getting down to business - in fact, they put through their first brew on April 4th, a month before they received the lease on May 1st and two months before they had even obtained a license on June 6th!

By 1887, the combination of clever business sense and great beer had seen Speight's grow to become the largest brewery in New Zealand. But sadly, with his dream at last a reality James Speight died in August of that year.

Gold Medal Ale
Gold Medal Ale

In 1879 a cask of Speight's Strong Ale won the fledgling brewery its first international award at the Sydney International Exhibition. Sales soared and the future of Speight's was secured.

Speight's Ale continued to go from strength to strength, winning major international awards including several gold medals, hence the 1893 naming of "Speight’s Gold Medal Ale".

Speight's Craft Range
Speight's Craft Range

Speight's Brewery Dunedin has brewed award-winning ales since 1876. The four brews in the Speight's Craft Range - Distinction Ale, Pale Ale, Porter and Pilsener- were originated from recipes of a bygone era in a quest to recreate flavours as true as possible to the original styles.

Three of the Craft Range brews, Pale Ale, Porter and Pilsener, are fermented in kauri gyles- open-topped wooden fermentation vats which are lined with beeswax. Small volume and labour intensive, these open, shallow vessels help to bring out the seamless character and full aromas of the brews. Only one other brewery in the world is still known to use kauri gyles

 

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Speight's Gold Medal
Speight's Gold Medal

Speight's encapsulates the needs of thirsty yet discerning Southern Men. Probably the least sweet of all New Zealand mainstream brown beers, this characteristic allows the full flavour of the malt and hops to shine through. Speight's Gold Medal Ale is a great accompaniment to any meat dish and is superb with gamey Southern dishes such as venison, duck and rabbit.

Beer Style Ale
First Brewed 1876
Alcohol Level 4.0
Bitterness 14
Energy (kilojoules/100ml) 135
Calories (/100ml) 32
Speight's Summit lager
Speight's Summit lager

Speight's Summit lager is a new liquid innovation from Speight’s Brewery, our first lager brewed with only natural ingredients. Pacific hallertau hops sourced from Nelson have been used to create a clean, crisp, refreshing golden lager with a 4% ABV.

Beer Style Lager
First Brewed June, 2008
Alcohol Level 4.0
Energy (kilojoules/100ml) 135
Calories (/100ml) 31
Speight's Distinction
Speight's Distinction

This premium ale is traditional full flavoured malt ale with hints of caramel, malt and butterscotch flavours. Five malts have been blended to create a full malty bitterness that sets it apart from other beers.

The full flavour of this ale is not intimidated by big red meat dishes and it holds its own against casseroles, steaks and venison.

Beer Style Traditional Dark Ale
First Brewed 1994
Alcohol Level 5.0
Bitterness 17
Energy (kilojoules/100ml) 172
Calories (/100ml) 41
Speight's Cider
Speight's Cider

A crisp, clean, dry cider. Speight's cider is the perfect way to conquer your thirst, whether you're watching the game or tending the barbie. Speight's to the core, this is a cider that goes about its business in an understated yet hugely competent manner.

Speight's Cider complements many dishes perfectly, but is perhaps best enjoyed with anything grilled over flames; pork ribs, chicken and grilled seafood being particularly great matches.

Beer Style Cider
First Brewed May 2011
Alcohol Level 4.6
Energy (kilojoules/100ml) 171.58
Calories (/100ml) 40.85
Steinlager
Steinlager

Steinlager Classic’s international award-winning taste is envied by brewers the world over Steinlager Classic has a robust hop nose of fresh-cut green grass and a full flavour delivered by the green bullet hop, grown in Nelson at 41 degrees latitude, the perfect hop-growing location. The body of Steinlager Classic delivers a full flavour that is perfectly balanced with a dry, tangy finish and crisp clean bitterness.

Beer Style Lager
First Brewed 1957
Alcohol Level 5.0
Energy (kilojoules/100ml) 167
Calories (/100ml) 40
Mac's Gold
Mac's Gold

Mac's Gold is a golden lager with hints of citrus and sweet malts; a suggestion of mid-palate bitterness and a delicate caramel sweetness. The crispest of finishes, refreshed by the clean aftertaste.

Beer Style Lager
First Brewed 1983
Alcohol Level 4.0
Energy (kilojoules/100ml) 149
Calories (/100ml) 36