McCashins strike Gold in London


Nelson based McCashin’s Brewery has once again swooped gold at this year’s prestigious Beer Challenge awards in London. 

McCashin’s Brewery picked up a string of awards including two Gold medals for the Stoke Bomber Smokey Ale and Stoke Bomber Oatmeal Stout, two Silvers for Stoke Dark and Stoke Bomber KPA and four Bronze medals for Stoke Lager, Stoke Amber, Stoke Pilsner and Stoke Bomber Biscuit Lager.

For seventeen years, this well-established and highly credited competition has attracted the ‘shrewdest of judges’ from the UK and Continental Europe.  This provides a unique spread of tasting experience to judge the increasingly high-standard of beers that enter each year.

Awards co-ordinator, Monica Tapias says “The level of knowledge and experience of the judges is striking”.

“The standard of beers entered in this year’s competition was very high and the judging panel were very impressed overall”.

McCashin’s Brewery General Manager, Andrew Murray, is thrilled with their latest international accolades and says “We are absolutely delighted to achieve these results at such a prestigious event and against the high standard of international company, and is excellent recognition and reward for our whole team at the brewery.”

This caps off a very successful twelve months for McCashin’s Brewery on an international level who also successfully took out three Gold medals at the industry recognised Asian Beer Awards in Singapore.

The medals were awarded to their Stoke Pilsner, Stoke Lager and Stoke Bomber Bohemian Ale. This world-renowned competition only awards one Gold medal per class in a field of nearly 700 international beers.

McCashin's Brewery Head brewer Sam Wilson and the team at the brewery are very comfortable to be judged by the quality and flavour of “what’s in the bottle”.  Success at international level in the markets McCashin’s Brewery has selectively chosen to enter helps with the continued export growth experienced by the craft brewery.  The brewery is actively in discussion with an interested party to export Stoke beer to the U.K. which will provide exposure for Stoke products in that market.

To run with the winning theme, they were also awarded a Gold medal for the Stoke Gold Ale at last year’s IBC event.

Established in 1981, McCashin's Brewery have planted solid footprints in New Zealand's craft beer category – and despite the 'craft beer explosion’, they continue to be leaders in the market, concentrating on the quality of ingredients to develop full flavoured beers true to the traditional styles.

Despite a flat market, the craft beer category continues to grow in New Zealand – and craft beer drinkers are becoming far more experimental in their approach to trying different styles of beers.

Still very hands-on with the operation of the brewery, the McCashin's family continue to innovate, new and exciting products to meet the increasingly discerning consumer palate.



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