Home' Hospitality Business : HB JUNE 2017 Contents I think it’s fair to say that the Kiwi brewing and
distilling industry has been very male-dominated
in the past. But times, my friends, they are
a-changin’. Craft beer and premium spirits have
steadily increased in the market and so too have
the number of women working in the industry. But
just how many Kiwi women are in the business of
brewing? Tash McGill finds out on pgs 48-49.
One such woman is New Plymouth’s Jo James,
co-owner of Taranaki’s newest boutique gin
producer, Begin Distilling Ltd. We chat to her about
her Begin’s passion for gin on pg 58.
In other brew news, beer writer John Oszajca
wraps his taste buds around some sour beer and we
chat to Black Dog Brewery Manager Adrian Klemp
about their latest range of experimental beers
(coffee stout anyone?).
And for our wine lovers, Cameron Douglas MS
explores organic winemaking in New Zealand and
takes an in-depth look at Syrah.
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Federal Merchants &
Co adds to portfolio
Federal Merchants & Co. has announced the introduction of three new
international brands to its portfolio - Grants, Glenfiddich and The Balvenie.
The introduction of these brands brings the independent distributor’s
long-standing portfolio of local and international beverage brands to
71. Federal Merchants & Co. Managing Director, Aidin Dennis, says that
these new brands align well with the values of the business.
“We’ve been operating for over 18 years now and the family values
we pride ourselves on are a big part of what makes us a successful
Kiwi business,” he says. “We recognise these same values in the
Grants, Glenfiddich and The Balvenie brands and we’re delighted to
be representing them in New Zealand.”
Both Glenfiddich and Grants
were founded by the Grant
family in Scotland while The
Balvenie range of single malt
Scotch whiskies are hand
crafted at a Scottish distillery.
and The Balvenie will be
distributed solely by Federal
Merchants & Co. in
Latvian named Europe’s
Latvian Raimonds Tomsons has
been named the Best Sommelier in
Europe and Africa after taking out
the grand final of the Association de
la Sommellerie Internationale (A.S.I)
contest in Vienna.
- Head Sommelier of Vincents
restaurant in Riga - competed
against finalists David Biraud
(France), Piotr Pietras (Poland) and Julia Scavo (Romania) in a tense
competition that took place in front of 400 guests at a gala dinner in the
ballroom of the Parkhotel Schönbrunn.
A panel of judges evaluated each finalist on informed descriptions of
a Saké aperitif, food and wine pairings, decanting, and serving a bottle
of Blaüfrankisch, among other challenges.
Tomsons is the first ever Baltic sommelier to reach such a high level
in a continental contest and he will represent Latvia in the next world
contest in Antwerpen, Belgium, in 2019.
“We are wine fanatics in Latvia, in Riga,” Tomsons told Decanter.com.
“But to get to this point now involved tasting, tasting and more tasting every
day, polishing skills, vocabulary and style, constantly reading and studying.
It was a lot of hard work. And thankfully I had the support of my family.”
Brewers Guild of NZ Beer Awards: Key dates
Key dates have been announced for the Brewers Guild
of New Zealand Beer Awards, with entries opening
on August 21, 2017. Breweries have until September
8 to get their entries in before the judging takes place
from September 29 to October 1 in Christchurch.
The conference, trade show, AGM, industry
reception, Mashing In and the brewery day tours will
take place from Thursday, October 5 to Saturday,
October 7, with the grand finale – the NZ Beer
Awards gala dinner - on the Saturday night. MC’d by
South Island comedian, Shay Horay, at the Air Force
Museum of NZ in Christchurch, the formal dinner
will see the announcement of the all-important
medal winners – and of course, the much-
anticipated Champion Brewery award.
For more information on the Brewers Guild NZ
Beer Awards and how to enter, head to
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