Award-winning Bay of Plenty craft brewery, Mount Brewing Co, now has two decades of service under its belt, and is celebrating in a number of ways: by undertaking a large-scale renovation of its Mount Maunganui premises and opening the brand new establishment: The Rising Tide - Brewhouse and Eatery.
The Mount Brewing Co's story began in 1996 when brewery owners, Glenn and Virginia Meikle started their family brewing operation from an industrial premise. Nearly 21 years later, the Mount Brewing Co brewery and bar is being given a much anticipated facelift and expansion.
“Our operation reached maximum operational capacity in the last 12 months and due to high demand during the peak summer season we have struggled to maintain production of all our beer varieties, both locally and around the country,” says Glenn Meikle.
The recent opening of The Rising Tide - Brewhouse and Eatery (formerly Brewers Bar), aims to meet the high demand for our beer from both customers and suppliers around the country,” says Meikle.
The renovation provides more space for a new bottling machine and new fermentation tanks so that production can continue to rise, and will also create a whole new sensory experience at the premises. The Mount Brewing Co brewery and The Rising Tide - Brewhouse and Eatery has now become one large eating, drinking and working space where customers can interact with the brewers working on their latest creations while taking in the aromas of the fermentation process.
Since its inception of the brewery, the desire to grow and foster the artisan beer experience within the Bay of Plenty has been top of mind for Meikle and he says without the support of locals wanting a truly unique locally crafted beer, the expansion would never have been possible.
The Rising Tide - Brewhouse and Eatery also features popular local street-food vendors, Johney’s Dumpling House in the kitchen. They offer their famous homemade dumplings and pork buns, as well as creating a specialised fusion menu to match many of Mount Brewing Co’s beers. Customers can order tasting paddles from the comprehensive craft beer menu and this summer the bar will be launching a new ‘tasting platter’ with six dishes matched to six of their most popular craft beers, following demand for a whole dining experience.
Solar panels also feature on the building’s roof which will reduce power costs by half and provide the business with carbon credits for the future.
The Mount Brewing Co brewery and The Rising Tide - Brewhouse and Eatery are located at 107 Newton Street, Mount Maunganui. www.facebook.com/mountbrewingco