Following the news late last year of the cessation of commercial production at the Monteith’s site in Greymouth, Development West Coast (DWC) and the Grey District Mayor have been engaging with DB/Heineken to ensure the Monteith’s Experience and the West Coast Community continue to be supported.
DWC Chief Executive Heath Milne said: “While it’s disappointing to see the end of an iconic brand being brewed in its original home, we have reached a good outcome through positive engagement with DB.”
“In recognition of the West Coast brand they have successfully leveraged off, and the loyalty of Coasters who have helped build their brand, DB have offered to hand over their bottling plant to the community so that it can be further utilised.”
Mayor Tania Gibson said DB are also working on a community support initiative that is being finalised and will go live in the next few weeks.
“It’s sad to see the brewing operation leaving Greymouth but we have had a good outcome for the community. Monteith’s have committed to the gastro pub and we need to support the 25 positions of employment that it still provides.”
Mr Milne said: “Potentially, a commercial enterprise will be set up with the bottling plant, which may create new opportunities for our region. We are already working closely with our local craft brewers to see how we can best utilise this resource."
"It’s very sad to see the brewing staff lose their jobs, some after more than 30 years at the site. Hopefully their expertise may also play a part in any new venture.”
Mr Milne and Mayor Gibson stressed that the community should continue to support the Monteith’s Brewery gastropub and experience in Greymouth. It’s an important business that creates local employment as well as a great service.
Media Release: 18 January 2021