Awards add a froth to brews

SUSAN STRONGMAN
Last updated 12:00 30/12/2013
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ROBERT CHARLES
Owners of New Plymouth bar The Hour Glass Ajinkya (AJ) Jagdale, left, and Mark Louis.

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Three Taranaki businesses have been awarded for excellence and service to the beer community and industry.

The Society of Beer Advocates (Soba) voted New Plymouth bar The Hour Glass Taranaki's best bar and Mike's Organic Brewery and Fitzroy Liquorland shared the award for Taranaki's best off- licence.

The Hour Glass part-owner, Ajinkya (AJ) Jagdale, said he was "stoked" his bar in Liardet St had been recognised by Soba.

Soba was knowledgeable about beers and met monthly in New Plymouth for beer tastings, he said.

The group also gave him advice on new beers to stock at the tapas bar, which opened in February this year.

"The number of beers we have here varies from week to week," he said.

"We have 30 on the menu and we always bring in new ones," said Mr Jagdale, who won outstanding host and outstanding bartender at the Halamoana hospitality awards in October.

"We have mostly New Zealand beers, but we do have four international beers."

Ron Trigg, owner of Mike's Brewery, said it was "really neat" to have won the award.

"We have been working for a while to make sure we have all our beers available, as we are brewing about 30."

He said the beers they stocked changed seasonally.

Amie Murphy, owner of Fitzroy Liquorland, was equally stoked to win the award.

"Beer is something I'm always learning about, so it's good to know we are doing the right thing."

The awards were intended to recognise, reward and encourage businesses providing excellent products and services to the beer community and industry.

Awards went to businesses that had received the most votes from Soba members.

The national awards for best beer, brewery, best new release beer and best home brew store went to businesses in Auckland and Wellington.

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