Melbourne craft brewers, Mornington Peninsula Brewery has just become a part of the Tribe Breweries stable with the microbrewer announcing a partnership with Tribe.
Matt Bebe, Co-founder and CEO at Mornington, will become a shareholder in Tribe as a result of the partnership and will remain at the helm to lead the Mornington team.
The partnership will allow Mornington to increase its brewing capacity and grow its reach both locally and internationally.
Bebe said the partnership will allow Mornington to continue to grow as it will no longer be hamstrung by production capabilities.
“Mornington, like a lot of other independent breweries reached a point where we had to make some strategic decisions about our future. Over the last year we maxed out our brewery but wanted to continue on the journey,” Bebe said.
“Joining Tribe is a great decision for Mornington as we can have our cake and eat it too; continue to be both local and independent while also part of a larger collective group that can provide benefits across the board. We are very proud of what we have achieved at Mornington and being a part of Tribe enables us to realise our potential and future aspirations.”
Anton Szpitalak, Co-founder and CEO of Tribe Breweries described the partnership as an exciting day for breweries. The partnership will allow Mornington to gain scale while maintaining their personality and uniqueness.
“Tribe has an aspiration to become Australia’s number one independent brewer and is firmly committed to working with artisans to realise their dreams. Mornington fits perfectly into that vision and with the brewery joining the tribe we take a big step forward on our journey. Mornington is brewing great beers that we know well having brewed some in the past and the team has incredible alignment, we couldn’t ask for more from a new member of the family.”
Over the past five years, Tribe Breweries has experienced significant growth and has had a particularly busy 2018 thus far. Later this year their much anticipated state-of-the-art $35 million craft beverage production facility in Goulburn will be opened, alongside the recent opening of Stockade’s Barrel Room in Marrickville, an acquisition of Wilde Gluten Free, and a first of its kind international joint venture with a Thai partner to create a new beer brand, Chao Siam.
Szpitalak concludes, “We are super excited to be building our ‘tribe’ of great independent brands that are able to maintain their heritage and authenticity. Whether we partner brew their beers, or for them to join us as part of the Tribe portfolio; that diversity of choice and freedom hasn’t really existed ever before in the Australian market.”