Nelson defeated in craft beer taste-off

Wellington 1 - top of the south 0. The capital has taken out the first ever Craft Beer Taste-Off.

Wellington had four beers in the top five in the competition which pitted brewers from the two regions against each other in a public vote and tasting.

Wellington's Kereru Brewing won top honours for its Great Justice - toasted coconut brown porter. Tuatara Brewing's Nui APA was second, Black Dog's Special Agent - IPA was third. The only Nelson entry in the top five was Golden Bear's Fortress, Pale Ale, which was fourth. Wellington's Fork & Brewer's Low Blow - Session IPA, rounded out the top five in fifth place.

The Craft Beer Taste-Off was held in Wellington last weekend.

Nelson brewers quietly picked before the event that the hoppier style of Wellington's beers would appeal to the home crowd.

Organiser of the event Nelson's Eckhard Marthen of Icy Wingz Events said the brewers would be surveyed and it was possible a re-match could be held in Nelson. He is also exploring extending the competition to Australia.

Icy Wingz is holding its second Home Brew Celebration at Fairfield House on Saturday, with a range of home brews from the Nelson region, and one from Blenheim served for the public to sample. Some will also be available for purchase.

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 - The Nelson Mail

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