Southern brewery goes global

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 05:00 09/05/2014
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SPECIAL BREW: Pitch Black Orange stout, a one-off brew created for the Great Austrlian Beer SpecTAPular by Invervargill Brewery.

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The award-winning Invercargill Brewery is trying its luck again, entering two international competitions.

The brewery, which picked up a bronze medal at the Irish craft beer festival in February for its Boysenberry Belgium-style wheat beer, has entered the Australian International Beer Awards and a Craft Beer Cup in the United States.

After the brewery's success in Dublin, Alltech New Zealand offered to sponsor the beer-maker and enter it in the Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup in Kentucky on May 17. Owners Steve and Amanda Nally are hoping the Boysenberry and Smokin Bishop beers will be favoured by the judges.

The brewery's beers have also been entered in the Australian International Beer Awards.

Pitch Black stout, Boysenberry, Smokin' Bishop, European ale Sa!son and its B.man Pilsner had been sent to the judges, who will announce a winner on May 22.

Entering four beers meant the brewery was also a contender for best international small brewery.

Steve Nally has also made a one-off brew for the Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular, which runs from May 23 to 26.

The festival Pitch Black Orange stout is a version of Nally's award-winning Pitch Black stout, using the orange from its Sa!son ale.

"I explored the chocolate side of stout and orange is a natural flavour," he said.

The Nallys had not entered it into a competition.

"Just a lot of craft beer kudos for this one," Amanda Nally said.

Some kegs had been kept at the brewery for customers to try after the festival.

In 2012, its Pitch Black Chilli stout made it into the top 10 of the people's choice awards at the festival - the same year Gunnamatta, a beer Invercargill Brewery made for Yeastie Boys, took out the No1 spot.

The Nallys did not enter a beer last year because of commitments associated with the move into a new brewery in Leet St.

Although the brewer was looking at exporting and the United States held 11 per cent of the craft beer market (compared with New Zealand's 4 per cent), Nally was not perusing that side of the business yet.

An award in the US would be credibility and that would be enough of a driving force for other markets, he said. Now that the new brewery was operational, he was looking forward to brewing and marketing more beer.

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