Craft beers face off in trans-Tasman pub clash in Wellington video

ROSS GIBLIN\Dominion Post

It was a game of two halves and beer was the winner at the so-called Bledisloe Cup of beer held at Black Dog in Wellington.

The Kiwi's mighty All Hops have conquered the Aussie Wallabeers in a so-called Bledisloe Cup of craft beer.

Judges tasted their way through 22 brews – 11 from each side of the ditch – and rated each on a scale of one to five at Wellington bar Black Dog on Saturday.

There were the crowd pleasers, such as the malty Epic Thunder from Auckland, while the Holgate IPA from Victoria, Australia also had a good kick.

Erica McGinniskin and Nathan Power blind judge beers at the NZ (the All Hops) v Australia (the Wallabeers) craft beer ...
ROSS GIBLIN/FAIRFAX NZ

Erica McGinniskin and Nathan Power blind judge beers at the NZ (the All Hops) v Australia (the Wallabeers) craft beer taste-off at Wellington's Black Dog.

But there was also a Quade Cooper-esque brew, a lambic Strawberry Sour, there seemingly simply to be booed off the ground.

"One guy said the brewer of that beer should have been shot," said Black Dog manager Eric Tuller.

In the end there could only be one winner.

And in true Bledisloe Cup fashion that winner was from New Zealand, specifically Hutt Valley's Kereru Brewing Imperial Nibs stout.

But in a break from the Bledisloe Cup tradition, New Zealand also placed second, with an old crowd favourite in Epic Thunder IPA.

Most judges, it should be noted, were bar customers and from New Zealand.

But also the testing was blind.

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Long story short: New Zealand won, again, and Australia lost, again.

Just don't mention the cricket.

 - Stuff

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