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Monteith's Brewery Company
Industry Beverages
Founded 1868
Headquarters Greymouth, New Zealand
Products Beers and lagers
Parent DB Breweries
Monteith's Brewery Company
Active beers
Name Type
Black Beer Dark lager
Celtic Beer Lager
Golden Lager Lager
Original Ale Lager
Pilsner Beer Pilsner
Radler Bier Lager
New Zealand Lager Lager
Seasonal beers
Name Type
Summer Ale Lager
Winter Ale Lager
Other beers
Name Type
Past Seasonal beers
Bock Bier
Doppelbock Bier
Porter Dark Ale Dark Lager
Saison Biere
Dortmunder Bier
Kristall Wiezen Bier
Oud Bruin Bier
West Coast 140 Pale Ale
Specialty beers
Tripel Beer
Baltic Porter Dark Lager

Monteith's Brewery Company was originally a family-owned brewing company until it was bought by DB Breweries. Additionally, DB Breweries is owned by Heineken Asia Pacific, since 2012, so Monteith's is actually a product of Heineken.

It continued to brew its beers on the West Coast of New Zealand until DB decided that the cost of keeping production there was no longer viable. The Greymouth brewery was closed on 22 March 2001, but reopened four days later following a public outcry.

The beers are now produced in Auckland, and Timaru as well as Greymouth. On 25 July 2012, the newly transformed Greymouth brewery was officially reopened after 18 months of refurbishment.[1]


DB Breweries attracted controversy during a legal battle over the exclusive use of the name Radler. Radler is a style of beer, in the same way that Pilsner or Stout are. However, DB has trademarked the term "Radler" since 2001.[2][3]

The Society of Beer Advocates asked the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPoNZ) for the brewery's Radler trademark to be revoked. The issues of this trademark were brought to public attention when a small independent brewery (Green Man) in Dunedin, Otago released its own Radler (since renamed to Cyclist).[4]

IPoNZ handed down its decision on 14 July 2011.[5] The trademark has been upheld, citing the fact that the term "Radler" was not well known in New Zealand at the time the trademark was taken out.


  • Celtic Beer
  • Golden Lager
  • Original Ale
  • Pilsner Beer
  • Radler Bier
  • New Zealand Lager
  • Summer Ale
  • Winter Ale
  • Bock Bier
  • Doppelbock Bier
  • Porter Dark Ale
  • Saison Biere
  • Dortmunder Bier
  • Kristall Wiezen Bier
  • Oud Bruin Bier
  • West Coast 140 Pale Ale
  • Crushed Apple Cider
  • Crushed Pear Cider

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Media",[1], DB Breweries.
  2. ^ Rachel Young (15 July 2009). "DB fights to keep `radler'". Marlborough Express. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  3. ^ "BEER REVIEWS: Radler trademark saga continues". Otago Daily Times. 13 July 2012. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Law firm takes DB on over Radler trademark". Newshub. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Porteous, Debbie. "Fury over Radler trademark decision". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 

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