For the third time in its reasonably short life, New Zealand’s Invercargill Brewery has moved house and upgraded its operation – this time shifting through several gears to start brewing in a new 2500-litre plant.
Head brewer Steve Nally chose his iconic Pitch Black stout for the first brew which is now chilling down in a bright beer tank – just in time to replenish decimated stocks for the oyster season.
“Our first brew day started at 9am and ended at 9.30pm but each time we got better as we ironed out a few more kinks. Within a week we’d brewed 10,800 litres – more than we could do in a month with our old kit,” Nally said.
Established by Steve Nally and his father Gerry in 1999 in an old dairy shed outskirts of Invercargill, the brewery moved into town to the site of the former Kiwi Bacon factory in 2006, and has been transitioning to larger premises at Leet Street since December 2013. For more info on the beers to come from the new brewery, head along to www.invercargillbrewery.co.nz