Emerson's Brewery

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Emerson's Brewery Limited
Location Dunedin, New Zealand
Opened 1992
Active beers
Name Type
WeissBier Bavarian hefeweizen
Bookbinder Bitter
Oatmeal Stout Oatmeal stout
Maris Gold Pale ale
Old 95 Old ale
Pilsner Pilsner
London Porter Porter
India Pale Ale India Pale Ale
Seasonal beers
Name Type
JP Belgian ale
Taieri George Spiced ale
American Pale Ale American pale ale

Emerson's Brewery Limited is a microbrewery located in Dunedin, New Zealand established in 1992.[citation needed] Emerson's produces eight year-round beers and three seasonal beers.[citation needed] In November 2012 the brewery was purchased by Australasian company Lion, which in turn is owned by Japanese brewing giant Kirin.[1]

Richard Emerson[edit]

When Richard Emerson travelled to Scotland with his parents in 1983 he was first introduced to European style beers. After spending a year in Edinburgh, he returned to New Zealand and became disillusioned with New Zealand beers. This lead him to brew for himself.[citation needed]


Emerson’s beers are not pasteurised like most mainstream New Zealand beers. The yeast is left alive in the beer to mature and enhance the flavour of the beer. Emerson’s ales are produced from malted barley, hops, yeast and water. They do not have preservatives, added sugar, artificial colouring, have not been pasteurised and some are not filtered.[citation needed]

Some Emerson’s beers are presented in French oak barrels. Pints are sometimes available on hand pump, ensuring that the beer is served at the correct level of carbonation, eliminating gassy beer.[citation needed]


Emerson's Brewery beers include London Porter, 1812 India Pale Ale, Weissbier, Pilsner, Bookbinder Bitter, Old 95, Maris Gold and Oatmeal Stout.

Seasonal brews[edit]

Taieri George is released every year on 6 March, the birthday of Richard Emerson's father George. Taieri George is a Belgian-inspired spiced ale. It is bottle conditioned ale which includes nutmeg, cinnamon and an unnamed spice in its ingredients. It weighs in at 6.8%.

The JP is a Belgian ale introduced as a commemorative tribute to University of Otago food scientist Jean-Pierre Dufour. Sales from the beer assist in funding an Otago University student scholarship established by Emerson's in February 2007. JP is produced annually in June and each vintage reflects a different Belgian beer style.

The company also produces an American Pale Ale.

Other releases[edit]

Whiskey Porter is an infusion of dark ale and whiskey is achieved by maturing a batch of London Porter in whiskey. Three to four months are needed for the infusion to complete. Not currently being brewed. Dunkelweizen is another release.


The quality of Emerson's beers was praised by English beer critic Michael Jackson,[2] who rated the 1812 India Pale Ale as one of the best 500 beers in the world.[3] Emerson's has won numerous beer awards in Australia[4] and New Zealand.[5][6]

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Coordinates: 45°52′19″S 170°31′4″E / 45.87194°S 170.51778°E / -45.87194; 170.51778