Moa to be brew of PGA champs

KAT PICKFORD
Last updated 15:05 29/01/2013
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Sir Michael Hill is thrilled with Moa Beer's exclusive supply deal with the NZPGA Pro Am Championship, to be held late next month. Sir Michael is pictured giving one of the 110 cast bronze wolves that decorate his Arrowtown course a Moa sample yesterday.

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Moa beer is a step closer to achieving its goal to be New Zealand's No 1 international beer, with the sponsorship of another premier sporting event.

The Marlborough-brewed beer will be quenching the thirst of thousands of golf enthusiasts at the New Zealand PGA Championship at The Hills golf course near Queenstown, from February 28 to March 3.

The company, founded by Josh Scott of Blenheim, sponsored the New Zealand Olympic team for the 2012 London Games, and has signed on again for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil.

Tournament director Michael Glading said it was fantastic to have a New Zealand-brewed beer as the New Zealand PGA's official provider.

"That's not only because of the exceptional quality of the beer, but also because it's a New Zealand brew and one that has already established a great connection with New Zealand sports," he said.

The Moa bar will be part of the entertainment and refreshment area dubbed "The 19th".

The 19th will be sited on the members' driving range in the middle of the action, alongside live music and Central Otago food and wine.

Moa Brewing Company, which is 70 per cent owned by 42Below founder Geoff Ross, had a successful year last year after rebranding its products and raising $16 million with a stockmarket float in November.

The money was raised to support increased working capital and marketing, and a $7m expansion of their Jacksons Rd brewery.

Building is expected to begin in March with the brewery fully operational by September.

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- The Marlborough Express

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