Countdown to opening date for new brewery

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Oamaru’s new brewery, owned by Phillip and Tyla Scott, is about four weeks from opening, giving Oamaru its first brewery since the early 1900s.

Scotts Brewing Company, owned by former Oamaru/Kakanui residents Phil and Tyla Scott, is being established in the former Railway Goods Yard in the Victorian Precinct.

The company will operate with two brewers, Mr Scott and Jess Wolfgang who joins the company from Australia and the facility has the capacity to brew 5000 litres per day in two vats which each hold 2500 litres.

The first brew from the new facility is likely to be gluten-free craft beer, according to Mr Scott.

“Since we shifted the company from Auckland, we have run-out of gluten free beer, so I would expect that will be the first variety we will make in the new premises,” he said.

“We are sourcing our hops from Nelson and our malt grains are being supplied by Gladfield Malts of Dunsandel who have a state-of-the-art facility.”

Once operational, Scotts Brewing will provide a variety of craft beers in six and 12-packs and kegs which will be packed and kegged on the premises.

Mr Scott said he is also planning to extend the current range of four craft beers produced under the Scotts Brewing Company label, but wanted to keep that information under wraps at this time.

“We’ll talk about that closer to opening date,” he said

“We will also host guest beers in our tasting room, where customers can try our range and also sample the guest beers and we will run daily site tours and tastings.

“Scotts Brewing has also been granted a liquor licence, so products can be purchased on site.”

For the couple, it is a sentimental return to their respective home towns.

“Tyla and myself are very excited to be back in the Waitaki and to be establishing the brewery right here in Oamaru,” he said.

“Everyone has been particularly helpful and the size of the building also offers plenty of scope for expansion.

“We look forward to producing world-class and very exciting beers from our new Oamaru brewery.”

By Jacquie Webby