McCashin's stoked with award
Nelson-based McCashin's Brewery has won gold at this year's prestigious International Beer Challenge Awards in London.
McCashin's Brewery has picked up a Gold medal for its Stoke Dark.
It also won four Silvers for Stoke Bomber Oatmeal Stout, Stoke Amber, Stoke Pilsner and Stoke Bomber Biscuit Lager and five Bronze medals for Stoke Bomber Bohemian, Stoke Recognition DPA, Stoke Recognition Rich Porter, Stoke IPA and Stoke Gold.
"We are absolutely delighted to achieve these results at such a prestigious event and against the high standard of international company, an excellent reward for our whole team at the family brewery," said McCashin's Brewery general manager Andrew Murray.
Awards co-ordinator Helen Fallowell said the standard of beers entered in this year's competition was very high and the judging panel were very impressed overall.
All beers are tasted by a panel of judges who rate entrants within each class. The beers with the highest scores proceed to the super jury stage where the gold medal winners are determined.
McCashin's Brewery head brewer Sam Wilson and the team at the brewery were happy to be judged by the quality and flavour of "what's in the bottle".
"Stoke Dark is brewed the old fashioned way using Nelson's finest hops, our own bespoke yeast, 14,000 year-old Palaeo water and nothing less than a blend of six hand-selected malts," said Wilson.
"It's the Barry White of beers - deep and bassy - and we're delighted with the international acknowledgement."
Success at international level in the markets McCashin's Brewery has selectively chosen to enter helps with its continued export growth. It exports to Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Japan, USA and Scotland.
The Nelson Mail