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New Zealand breweries toast international success
NEW ZEALAND BREWERIES TOAST INTERNATIONAL SUCCESS
New Zealand breweries big and small have shown their class on the world stage, collecting six major awards at the prestigious Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne on Thursday night.
Lion’s Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark was judged the Champion International Beer, while Wellington's Parrotdog Brewery was named Champion International Small Brewery.
The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) is the largest annual competition of its kind in the world judging both draught and packaged beer.
Brewers Guild of New Zealand chairman Bob King said the performance of New Zealand breweries at the awards was testament to the quality, calibre and international standing of the New Zealand brewing industry across the range of sizes and styles.
“This is a golden era for New Zealand brewing and once again we've shown that our breweries are among the best in the world.
“It's an industry worth $2.2 billion a year to New Zealand and, given our international standing and expertise, it will continue to go from strength to strength.”
Renowned for showcasing the highest quality beer and for celebrating brewing excellence in Australia and around the world, AIBA is open for entry to brewers and breweries of all sizes, from small and medium volume to large-scale commercial production.
This year's AIBA competition received a record number of entries, with more than 1700 from 344 exhibitors comprising 35 countries. There were 203 entries from 33 New Zealand breweries. In total, 28 champion and major trophies were awarded.
Auckland's Epic Brewing won Best IPA with its Armageddon brew and DB’s Monteith’s Velvet Stout was named Best Stout.
Lion's Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark won the trophy for Best Amber/Dark Ale and Parrotdog's Clipped Wing was judged Best Reduced/Low Alcohol beer.
Parrotdog’s victory as Champion International Small Brewery saw New Zealand’s dominance of the category continues, with Blenheim’s Renaissance Brewing having won the title in 2013 and 2014.
2015 AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL BEER AWARDS
CHAMPION TROPHY WINNERS (NZ WINNERS IN BOLD)
Barrett Burston Malting Trophy for Champion Australian Beer: Barley Wine – Barrel Breed, Draught – Mountain Goat Beer, VIC
ExpoNet Trophy for Champion International Beer: Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark, Packaged – Lion Beer Spirits Wine, NZ
GrainCorp Trophy for Champion Large Australian Brewery: 4 Pines Brewing Company, NSW
Barrett Burston Malting Trophy for Champion Large International Brewery: Brouweris De Halve Maan, Belgium
Kegstar Trophy for Champion Medium Australian Brewery: Thunder Road Brewing Company, VIC
Federation University Australia Trophy for Champion Medium International Brewery: Pelican Pub & Brewery, USA
FB*PROPAK Trophy for Champion Australian Small Brewery: Boatrocker Brewing Company, VIC
City of Ballarat Trophy for Champion International Small Brewery: ParrotDog Brewing, NZ
Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy for Best New Exhibitor: Yantai Platinum Brewing Company, China
The Crafty Pint Trophy for the AIBA Media Award: Luke Robertson, Ale of a Time
MAJOR TROPHY WINNERS (NZ WINNERS IN BOLD)
Bargo Events Trophy for Best Australian Style Lager: 333 Premium Export – Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp, Vietnam
Federation University Australia Trophy for Best European Style Lager: Byron Bay Premium, Draught – The Byron Bay Brewing Co, NSW
Hellman Beverage Logistics Trophy for Best International Lager: Red Horse Extra Strong Brew, Packaged – San Miguel Beer Limited, Philippines
City of Ballarat Trophy for Best International Pale Ale: Anytime IPA, Draught – Temple Brewing Company, VIC
The Post Project Trophy for Best Australian Style Pale Ale: Sandman, Draught – The Byron Bay Brewing Co, NSW
Time Out Trophy for Best British Style Ale: Fuller’s 1845 Celebration Strong Ale, Packaged – Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC, UK
Bargo Events Trophy for Best European Style Ale: Sporting Ale, Draught – Thirsty Crow, NSW
Kegstar Trophy for Best IPA: Epic Armageddon IPA, Draught – Epic Brewing Company, NZ
Cryermalt Trophy for Best Amber/Dark Ale: Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark, Packaged – Lion Beer Spirits Wine, NZ
Weyermann Specialty Malts Trophy for Best Porter: Temptress, Draught – Holgate Brewhouse, VIC
Spiegelau Trophy for Best Stout: Monteith’s Velvet Stout, Packaged – DB Draught Brewery, NZ
Beer DeLuxe Trophy for Best Wheat Beer: Weihenstephan Kristall Weissbier, Packaged – Weihenstephan, Germany
Brewtique Trophy for Best Belgian & French Style Ale: Mad Abbot Christmas Ale 2013, Packaged – The Little Brewing Company, NSW
RASV Trophy for Best Scotch & Barley Wine: Barley Wine – Barrel Breed, Draught – Mountain Goat Beer, VIC
Plasdene Glass-Pak Trophy for Best Specialty Beer: Red Rock Paardebloem, Packaged – Red Rock Brewing Co, USA
RASV Trophy for Best Reduced/Low Alcohol: ClippedWing, Packaged – ParrotDog Brewing, NZ
ExpoNet Trophy for Best Pilsner: Trumer Pils, Draught – Trumer Australia, VIC
Brewtique Trophy for Best Packaging: Bastard Children of the British Empire – 4 Pines Brewing Company, NSW