Society of Beer Advocates (Soba) southern co-ordinator
Richard Pettinger (right) hands over the best Otago-Southland
bar award of 2013 and accepts a beer from Albar manager
Stephen Moore, as fellow manager Tess Cooper works in the
background and Soba member Michael O'Brien, of Oamaru, looks
Members of Soba voted the Dunedin bar the best bar serving
craft beer in Otago-Southland in the society's inaugural
Mr Pettinger said the Soba awards were to recognise, reward
and encourage those providing excellent products and services
to the beer community and industry.
Tonic was runner-up in the best bar category; Eureka, in
Dunedin, was voted best restaurant in the Otago-Southland
region with Riverstone Kitchen, in Oamaru, runner-up, while
Centre City New World and Castle MacAdam, both in Dunedin,
tied for best off-licence.
Invercargill Brewery won a bronze medal at the International
Craft Brews and Food Fair in Dublin earlier this week.
The microbrewery won the medal for its fruit beer
Boysenbeery. Other New Zealand medal-winners were Marlborough
breweries Moa and Renaissance and Auckland's Schippers