New Chapter For One Of NZ's Original Craft Breweries
31 July 2018: Harrington’s is proud to announce that we have reached an agreement for Lion to purchase our legendary Christchurch based craft brewery.
From today, Harrington’s will begin an exciting new chapter in its 27 year brewing history with our great range of craft beers welcomed into the Lion family.
Harrington’s is one of the first craft breweries in New Zealand, is a household name in Christchurch and has won a number of awards over the years including a Brewer's Guild of New Zealand Champion Brewery award in 2012.
Harrington’s Founder, John Harrington says "We started the business back in 1991 and the market is now in a very different place. We’ve been thinking for a while now about how best to carry the business into the future and reached out to Lion to see if they’d be interested.
"I’ve had a relationship with Lion since my publican days and it’s always been a dream of ours that one day they’d become Harrington’s steward. They have a strong track record of protecting and growing craft beer brands and we’re confident that the work we’ve done in creating a strong legacy, will be protected, and even strengthened, by this move."
"Lion will give Harrington’s the support needed to deliver sustained growth and give more people the chance to try our great beers."
Following a period of transition, the brand will be integrated into Lion, who will be directly responsible for supply, sales and distribution of Harrington’s going forward.
While both parties are still working through the details, the brewery will stay in Christchurch and Lion will be working alongside the founder John, who is staying on as Harrington’s brand ambassador to help drive the brand into the future.
Rory Glass, Lion New Zealand Managing Director says: "Lion was honoured to be approached by Harrington’s and we’re incredibly excited to welcome the brand into our family. Harrington’s has such a rich and proud history and will be a fantastic complement to our existing range, with wonderful beers like Rogue Hop, Wobbly Boot and Ngahere Gold. We will build on what has made Harrington’s so great and help make their beers more accessible to people across the country."
Lion plans to invest around $2million on updating the Christchurch brewery in the initial stages to reinvigorate the business and improve brewing processes.
Check out this videoto hear John and his wife Val discussing this news and reflecting on the Harrington’s journey to date.
For further information contact:
Sophie Kurta - External Relations Manager
Founded in 1991, Harrington’s is a family craft brewery based in Christchurch with a Brewers Guild Grand Champion Award under its belt. Our brewers have been crafting honest to goodness, down to earth, tasty as brews for Kiwis since tweeting was for the birds and browsing was something you did in record shops. Our Award Winning New Zealand craft beer comes in many shapes and sizes - taking in styles and flavours from around the world. For more info, check out our website.
Harrington’s Journey – short version video
Harrington’s Journey – long version video
Lion can trace its roots in New Zealand back to 1840. It is the country’s largest alcohol beverage company, focusing on production, marketing, sales and distribution of beer, wine, spirits, cider and ready-to-drink products, as well as a range of alcohol free beverages. It has around 1,000 people working across its head office and The Pride in Auckland, Speight's, Emerson’s and Panhead Breweries, the Wither Hills winery and its Liquor King stores. Lion won Gold at the YWCA Equal Pay Awards and won the Work-Life Balance category at the Diversity Works Awards in 2017 for closing the gender pay gap and embedding flexible working into the business. The company is a founding member of social change charity CHEERS, runs its own alcohol education platform called Alcohol and Me and provides funding to support Health Promotion Agency’s moderation programmes. For more information on Lion NZ, visit our website.