Southern breweries are fizzing after again gaining several
awards in the 2014 Brewers' Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards.
Emerson's Brewing Company, of Dunedin, won the European lager
styles category with its Gladiator Bock, and the other
European ale styles category with its JP 2014.
Invercargill Brewery founder Steve Nally won the Morton
Coutts innovation trophy for packaging low carbonated draught
beer in 20-litre bags, which can be used in bars with
traditional English-style hand-pumps.
The awards were announced at a ceremony in Wellington, last
Nelson brewery Townshend was named New Zealand's champion
Townshend beat stiff competition. A record 670 beers from 84
breweries were entered across 15 different categories this
In total, 74 New Zealand breweries entered the awards.
Founder and brewer Martin Townshend said the award was ''the
icing on the cake'' in what had been an excellent couple of
years for the brewery.
''Being named New Zealand's champion brewery is a massive
''It seems like only yesterday that I created my first brew
in the shed.
''Like most things in life, the secret to success is passion,
hard work and dedication to the task.
''That said, it's huge to be recognised and this award is the
best possible recognition a brewer could get.''
Competition manager Craig Bowen said all beer entries were
rated against a style guide for each category, for its aroma,
colour, bitterness, flavour and presentation.
Each beer's overall balance of characteristics was judged by
a panel comprising 25 national and internationally qualified
''Whether it's a one-man band or the larger more established
breweries, New Zealand is enjoying a golden period in terms
of the variety and quality of beers produced.''
European lager: Gladiator Bock, Emerson's Brewery
(Dunedin); International lager: Monteith's Black, DB
Draught Brewery (Timaru); British ale: Tornado Strong
Ale, Wigram Brewing Company (Christchurch); other European
ale: JP 2014, Emerson's Brewery (Dunedin); US ale:
Bloody Dingo, ParrotDog (Wellington); international
ale: Boss Hog, Panhead Custom Ales (Upper Hutt); stout
and porter: Oyster Stout, Three Boys Brewery
(Christchurch); wheat and other grain: Black the RIPA,
Renaissance Brewing Ltd (Marlborough); flavoured and
aged: Captain Cook Spruce Beer, Wigram Brewing Company
(Christchurch); New Zealand specific: Oldhams Tap
Riwaka Pilsner, Townshend Brewery (Nelson); specialty,
experimental, aged, barrel, wood-aged: Black Sabbath,
Panhead Custom Ales (Upper Hutt); cider and perry:
Slack Ma Girdle Cider, Zeffer Cider Company (Auckland);
cask conditioned: Five Hop Handpull, Moa Brewery
(Marlborough); packaging: Delicious Neck, Tuatara
Brewing (Kapiti); festive brew: Brave Bikkie Brown
Ale, Behemoth Brewing Company (Auckland).