Tuatara takes out top brewing honours

Last updated 00:09 05/09/2008
MAARTEN HOLL/Dominion Post
TOP DROP: Wellington's Tuatara Brewing company has taken out top honours in the BrewNZ awards in Wellington. One of Tuatara's brewers, Carl Vasta, at work.

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A Wellington brewing company has taken out top honours in the BrewNZ awards in Wellington.

The Brewers Guild of New Zealand announced that Tuatara Brewing had been crowned the best brewery in New Zealand, the first time a "champion brewery" had been selected.

Guild executive member Colin Paige said the new honour went to the brewery whose beers were judged highest overall across all entries.

Tuatara won from among 46 breweries from New Zealand, Australia, the United States, Malaysia and Singapore, which entered more than 200 beers.

The international panel of judges deliberated for three days to select the overall winner, as well as awarding Best in Class winners in the following categories:

Classic NZ Styled Beers: Biman, Invercargill Brewery, Invercargill.

Amber and Dark lagers: Hereford Bitter, Dux Brew Co, Christchurch.

International Golden Lager: James Squire Pilsener, Malt Shovel Brewery, Australia.

French & Belgian style ales: Tuatara Ardennes, Tuatara Brewing, Wellington.

New world/American style ales: Epic Pale Ale, Epic Brewing Company, Auckland. UK and other European style ales: Tuatara IPA, Tuatara Brewing, Wellington.

Stouts and Porters: Clydesdale Stout, Harringtons Brewery, Christchurch.

Strong ales and lagers: Monteith's Winter Ale Doppelbock, DB Mainland Brewery, Auckland.

Wheat and other grain beers: Emerson's Weizenbock, The Emerson Brewing Company, Dunedin.

Fruit, spiced, herb flavoured beers: Boysenbeery, Invercargill Brewery, Invercargill.

Packaging award: Monteith's New Zealand Lager, Monteith's Brewing Company.

Experimental and non or low alcoholic beers: Enrico's Cure, Green Man Brewery, Dunedin.

The judging panel was led by American Dave Logsdon, who was impressed by the calibre of entries.

"The BrewNZ Awards are extremely important for the brewing industry as they continually challenge brewers to push boundaries of conventional beer making," Mr Logsdon said.


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