Brewery snubbed by festival

Invercargill Brewery not invited

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 05:00 18/02/2014
Invercargill Brewery
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TOP TIPPLE: Invercargill Brewery owner Steve Nally with his boysenberry beer, which won a bronze medal at the Irish craft beer fesitval last week.

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The award-winning Invercargill Brewery has been snubbed from attending a craft beer festival in its own city.

Breweries from throughout the country will attend the South City Liquorland Craft Beer and Food Festival, to be held in the city next month.

Well known breweries are attending from Christchurch, Wellington, Dunedin and Marlborough, as are Lion Breweries Macs and Australian Coopers Brewery.

Liquorland South City Invercargill manager Jim Mortimer said craft beer was becoming more popular and he organised the event at Squash City to promote craft beers available on premises.

Mr Mortimer declined to comment on why he had not invited Invercargill Brewery when the business he managed sold its beer.

Invercargill Licensing Trust sales and marketing manager Gary Muir said the brewery bottle shop was competition and it was likely Mr Mortimer did not want any competing business taking part.

"If companies support [Mortimer], he supports their business."

Invercargill Brewery head brewer Steve Nally said he was disappointed but it was "par for the course" in the city.

He was used to being spurned by city authorities, he said.

"It was expected."

It was disappointing because the brewery got great support from the Invercargill public, he said.

Many of the gate-keepers in the industry expected give-aways from producers - something he did not believe in.

"We supply a quality product into our market and we are not into back-handers or buying shelf space," he said.

The brewery picked up a bronze medal at an Irish craft beer festival last week for its boysenberry Belgium-style wheat beer.

Despite being given the cold-shoulder in Invercargill, he was planning to enter beer festivals in Christchurch, Dunedin and Australia.

Carl Harrington, of Harrington's Brewery in Christchurch which is attending the festival, said Invercargill Brewery made good beer that had been recognised worldwide and that was good for the Invercargill community. They should get invited to a local event, he said.

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