Each year, the Brewers Guild of New Zealand recognise the trailblazers within the craft beer industry that are streets ahead of the rest, Saturday's annual awards evening no exception.
Hundreds of industry professionals, beer writers, brewers, media and hospitality personalities filled the Air Force Museum New Zealand in Christchurch's Wigram on Saturday night, to celebrate excellence in brewing, beer writing and stellar craftsmanship.
While the boys from Te Aro cleaned up with the Champion New Zealand Brewery Award, the event acknowledged and celebrated a wide variety of craft brewers and industry insiders around the country, while highlighting just how far we've come in the brew game.
Former Dish magazine deputy editor and beer author Alice Galletly was recognised for her work as Beer Writer of the Year, while Tuatara Brewing Co. also enjoyed a string of wins. Matakana-based duo Kirsty McKay and Mike Sutherland of Sawmill Brewery, received critical acclaim for their grunty Baltic Porter.
In keeping with previous years, Dish are proud of our role as one of the event's primary sponsors. The Brewers Guild of New Zealand NZ Beer Awards boast an impressive line-up of esteemed and experienced local and international judges, from Australia, America and beyond.
It's this diversity of background and quality of judging that ensures the Brewers Guild of New Zealand nod of approval is one of the most prestigious accolades a brewer can win.
Here is this year's full list of award winners:
Champion New Zealand Brewery: Garage Project Brewery
Champion Manufacturer:Steam Brewing Company
Champion International Brewery: Boston Beer Company
International Lager:McLeod’s Brewery
LongboarderNew Zealand Lager: Eagle Brewing
Dry Hopped Pilsner British Ale:Lion BSW NZ
Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark European Ale: Tuatara Brewing Co. Tripel Barrel
US Ale: Brave Brewing Co Clifford
Pale Ale:Tuatara Brewing Co Aotearoa Pale AleStrong
Pale Ale:Bootleg Brewery ApeHanger IPA
Stout & Porter: Sawmill Brewery Baltic Porter
Wheat & Other Grain:Sawmill Brewery Sawmill/Good George Weizenbock
Flavoured: Garage Project Brewery Cabbages & Kings
Specialty, Experimental, Aged, Barrel & Wood-Aged:Liberty Brewing Co Prohibition
Cider or Perry: Lion BSW NZ Isaac’s Cider Original
Fruit or Flavoured Cider or Perry:Zeffer Cider Co Apple Crumble Cider
Packaging: Emerson’s Brewery Emersons 6pk Range
Morton Coutts Trophy:Hamish Jones, The Nuts Brewing Co
Beer Writer of the Year Award:Alice Galletly
Honorary Member:Ralph Bungard
Honorary Member: Craig Bowen
Industry Achievement:Gabi Michael
Industry Achievement:Doug Michael
President's Award: Jenny Cameron
To learn more about the Brewers Guild of New Zealand, see their website here.