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At the Speights' brewery, malted barley, sugar, hops and pure spring water are blended, heated and brewed. This is where the art of beer making, with a good dollop of science on the side, is used to create world class beers.

The Speights Brewery buildings were erected in 1876, thanks to vision of James Speight, Charles Greenslade and William Dawson. There are whsipered references that they were actually brewing a couple of months before they got their official licence, however, the local police constables enjoyed the brew so much they turned a blind eye.

Our guide Grahame took us through seven floors of intricate processing plant  and brass piping that led all the way to the Speight’s tasting room. We learnt about gravity fed brewing, the history of brewing ale from the Egyptian’s onwards and some quirky facts about early Dunedin.

In the tasting room I found out what I already knew, I’m a 'Summit Girl' when it comes to the Pride of the South, but, what was really interesting was the Gil and Eran didn’t get the kiwi humour in the ‘Southern Man’ ads...."Is it a parody??...He’s being rude! Our Israeli woman would shoot us if we acted like that". This led to an interesting discussion on cultural stereotypes and the stupid things that people do when they are drunk.

To find out more go to www.speights.co.nz/Brewery-Tours.aspx. I would highly recommend saving a few coins and buying a Cadbury/ Speight’s double deal pass from the Dunedin i-Site. It will lead to a fabulous day of beer and chocolate!

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