Listed boutique brewer Moa Brewing Company picked up seven medals at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup international competition held over the weekend.
Competing against more than 80 other breweries from around the world, the Blenheim-based company won one gold, four silvers and two bronze medals. Moa was the most awarded brewery in the competition with seven out of the eight beers Moa entered winning medals.
But the top award went to Coisbo, a Danish family-run craft brewery.
Moa founder Josh Scott said he was pleased that other New Zealand breweries had picked up five medals at the competition,which had attracted a total of 314 entries from 18 countries.
"We're also chuffed to have some other New Zealand breweries sharing in the spoils with Schippers Brewing Company picking up three silvers and a bronze, as well as our good friends down the road, Renaissance, picking up a silver," Scott said.
Moa chief executive Geoff Ross said the timing could not have been better as the company was about to start exporting to Ireland in a few weeks.
"I heard the news in an email from our newly-appointed Irish distributor who was there on the night," Ross said. "It was a good way to end the weekend."
Moa's largest markets are New Zealand, Australia and the United States but it is also exporting to the United Kingdom, Canada and China.
"Ireland is not a big market and it's new to us, but making a splash there is obviously relevant outside Ireland as beer importers and distributors around the world take a lot of notice of the key awards," Ross said.
Back in New Zealand, Ross said Moa was still planning to build a larger brewery at its Jackson Rd, Marlborough premises, despite opposition from neighbouring wineries, including Cloudy Bay.
Ross said he would be attending mediation meetings over the next few weeks. He hoped to resolve the issue by mid-March.
"Otherwise, we'll be going to the Environment Court," he said.
The success in Dublin follows a difficult period last year for Moa which faced distribution troubles in Australia, resulting in a drop in sales volume and contributing a $3 million loss in the half year to September 30.
Moa's share price closed at 69 cents yesterday, up 8c.
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