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Morton Coutts Trophy 2013 - Doug Banks & Jim Banks
Twin Brothers Honoured With Top Brewing Accolade
Twin brothers, Doug and Jim Banks, were doubly delighted to be awarded the Morton Coutts Trophy at the annual Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards.
The prestigious Morton Coutts Trophy is given to the most outstanding nominee, who has brought an outstanding innovation or achievement to the brewing industry in New Zealand.
The brothers, who between them have 70 years brewing experience, with Doug Banks this year celebrating 40 years of service at DB Breweries, were honoured to be recognized with the Morton Coutts award for a series of achievements. The brothers can personally remember working with Morton Coutts one of New Zealand’s influential brewing forefathers, so the award had extra significance. It is also the first time a DB nomination has won the trophy which was hotly contested by other notable contenders.
“We have both had great careers in brewing and our work has been a labour of love, inspired by our time spent with Morton Coutts, who truly was a man ahead of his time combining the art and science of brewing,” says Jim Banks.
Doug Banks, a keen beer historian also, says it is important to note that beer has always had a role in society since the earliest civilizations and that changes in brewing processes have always been achieved through numerous innovations, big and small, which no doubt will continue into the future.
“The current renaissance in brewing in New Zealand is great to see as a younger generation embraces beer but it is important for people to know about the history and social significance of beer, and how it has evolved. Jim and I are certainly proud to have played our part in brewing in New Zealand,” says Doug.
Andy Routley, Managing Director of DB Breweries, says that Doug and Jim are well respected brewers not only at DB but in the brewing world both in New Zealand and overseas. They are unassuming figures, preferring to simply get on with the job in good Kiwi style, so it was fitting that their longstanding service to brewing, excellence in innovation, commitment and quiet diligence was publicly recognized.
“Younger brewers and those coming up through the ranks, might not realize the debt of gratitude they owe to brewers like Doug and Jim Banks who have actively participated in the research and development of brewing barleys, hops and brewing microbiology in New Zealand. Both brothers have been generous with their time, energies and expertise in this area as well as the research and understanding of yeast in fermentation as well as other brewing innovations,” says Andy Routley.
“No matter if you are a small, medium or large sized brewery, the vital components of hops, malt and water are the working elements of beer that bonds all brewers. Doug and Jim have developed and improved the brewing processes using these elements for many years now, the art and science of brewing, so it is fitting that their contribution has been recognized and they take their rightful place in New Zealand’s brewing story,” concludes Andy Routley.
Doug Banks joined DB Breweries as a microbiologist then progressively moved into the area of quality and finally into the technical sector. Jim Banks has held the position of project brewer from the time he joined DB, 30 years ago, with his principal focus on new product development and the development of brewing technologies. Over their time with DB they have both played their part in the development of new brewing technologies, particularly in the development of Continuous Fermentation.
Working so closely together, the question has to be asked - do the brothers ever argue? Apparently this is a rare occurrence, and nine times out of ten it will be about brewing. But any disagreement it seems can always be sorted out by sharing a beer – of course.