1876

SPEIGHT'S IS BORN

James Speight, Charles Greenslade and William Dawson hand in their notices at Well Park Brewery to establish their own brewery in Dunedin's Rattray St. Dawson is the brewer, Greenslade the maltster and Speight the businessman.

1880

SPEIGHT'S WINS GOLD

Speight's Ale gets two gold medals at the Melbourne Exhibition and a new name Speight's Gold Medal Ale. Back in Dunedin, a new brew-house is built.

1887

BIGGEST NEW ZEALAND BREWERY

Speight's becomes the biggest brewery in the country, exporting to Australia, Fiji and Tahiti. Legendary founder James Speight passes away on 16 August. William Dawson becomes Mayor of Dunedin at 35.

1913

FIRST FEMALE EMPLOYEE

Norah McGhie becomes Speight's first full-time female employee. Speight's also buys a motorised cart, called a 'truck', for delivering casks to local pubs.

1923

WILLIAM DAWSON DIES

The threat of prohibition sees Speight's and nine other breweries join forces to become New Zealand Breweries. One of the founders, William Dawson dies.

1960

SPEIGHT'S LUCKY BEER

Some genius at New Zealand Breweries decides it would be a good idea to re-brand all their beers with the same name. And it's not Speight's. The Lucky Beer brand lasts a full two months before sanity prevails and Speight's and the triple star are back.

1977

SPEIGHT'S SPONSORS RUGBY

Speight's takes on the first of many sports sponsorships with the Dunedin senior rugby competition becoming the Speight's Championship. New Zealand Breweries becomes Lion Breweries.

1984

SPEIGHT'S CANS LAUNCHED

Speight's cans are launched. The beer is brewed in Dunedin and sent by train to Christchurch to be canned. Some of the cans (quite a few) then catch the train back to Dunedin.

1994

DISTINCTION ALE INTRODUCED

Speight's Distinction Ale is launched to celebrate 120 years of the Speight's Brewing Co.

1999

FIRST ALEHOUSE OPENED

First Speight's Ale House opened by Prime Minister Jenny Shipley as a photo opportunity during the election campaign.

2001

AUCKLAND JOINS IN

Speight's becomes so popular that extra production starts in Auckland to keep up with demand.  Our Dunedin Brewery carries on brewing regardless. 

2001

SPEIGHT"S PORTER RELEASED

Speight’s Legacy Series introduced to celebrate our 125th Birthday.

2007

THE GREAT DELIVERY

Speight’s takes a pub to London as part of the Great Beer Delivery Campaign.

2008

SUMMIT LAGER LAUNCHED

Speight’s Summit Lager is added to the family.

2012

TRIPLE HOP PILSNER

Speight’s Triple Hop Pilsner, an addition to the Speight's Craft range is introduced.

2014

NEW TO THE RANGE

Speight’s Mid Ale and Speight’s Ginger Beer are added to the Speight's range.

2014

BREWERY RE-OPENED

The re-developed Speight’s Brewery is officially opened by Prime Minister, John Key.

2015

SUMMIT CITRUS

Speight’s Summit Citrus is added to the Speight's Summit range