Brewers put their heads together

Steve Nally, from left, manager of Invercargill Brewery inspecting malted barley ready for brewing beer with Gladfield ...
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Steve Nally, from left, manager of Invercargill Brewery inspecting malted barley ready for brewing beer with Gladfield Malt’s Gabi Michael, Karley Hermands and brewer Ben Middlemiss at a brewing collaboration at Invercargill Brewery today.

A feast of brewers - if indeed that is the collective noun - has descended on Invercargill today.

Five brewers from around New Zealand are at Invercargill Brewery today for a collaboration tagged "The Southern Malt Collective", making a red ale called 'The Man at the Back'.

Invercargill Brewery manager Steve Nally said it was their first collaboration brew and a great opportunity to share knowledge with other brewers.

Yeastie Boys' Stu McKinlay, who suggested the collaboration, said brewers sometimes operated in isolation, and they could all learn more together.

"We say that we collaborate in the morning and compete in the afternoon."

John Wallace, from Queenstown Brewers, said his company had been brewing for about three years and sells its product around the lower South Island.

"It's just a great experience to come down and learn from the masters," he said.

The collaboration was partly to recognise Dunsandel's Gladfield Malt, which sales manager Gabi Michael said had been an integral part of the craft beer revolution in New Zealand.

"We're helping them make good brews and they're helping us make good malts," she said.

Upper-Moutere brewer Martin Townshend won the New Zealand Champion Brewery Award at the Brewers' Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards in August.

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"I've always wanted to come down and selfishly pick (Nally's) brains on a few things ... and I needed a break from the brewery," he said, with no hint of irony.

Nally said 'The Man at the Back' would be available on tap from Invercargill Brewery and from other selected outlets.

 - The Southland Times

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