Home' Hospitality Business : HB JULY 2017 Contents Kiwi brewers win Gold in Australia
New Zealand brewers shone at the world’s largest
annual beer competition, held in Melbourne in May.
The Australian International Beer Awards
describes itself as the ‘largest annual beer
competition in the world’, and attracted 2042 entries
in this, its 25th year.
The most-highly decorated New Zealand winner
was Deep Creek Brewing from Silverdale, which won
the Trophy for Champion Small International Brewery.
Deep Creek won this accolade by collecting a suite
of medals for its beers – two Gold, four Silver and
It’s a small brewery, but the beer itself has
been making some noise. Alongside its core
range, it produces three special projects: Steam
Funk (experimenting with fermentation); Nero
(experimenting with dark malts); and my personal
favourite, Lupulin Effect (emphasising hops and
These limited-release ranges let the brew
team break loose and have some fun, but also
demonstrate their brewing chops to beer fans and
brewers alike. To put the win into perspective,
ParrotDog won the same Trophy in 2015. Since
then it’s gone from strength to strength, raised
$2 million through crowdfunding, and is currently
commissioning a large new brewing facility.
Deep Creek Brewing co-founder Jarred
Maclachlan is ecstatic about the win. “It is such
a great feeling to have our beer recognised and
awarded amidst such a strong panel of brewers,”
he says. “It is an incredible international platform
for Deep Creek and we’re so excited to continue
taking our products to the world.”
Auckland’s Bach Brewing brought home the
Major Trophy for Best Scotch Ale/Barley Wine for
Seamaster Imperial Ale, a velvety and warming
American-style Barley Wine with 10.5% ABV.
In total, 12 Kiwi brewers brought back at
least one Gold medal: Deep Creek, Bach,
Epic, Founders, Galbraiths, Lakeman, Black
Dog, Sunshine, Mikes, Craftwork, Kereru, and
Boundary Rd for packaging.
The range of established and new breweries
bringing back medals is testament to the quality,
calibre and international standing of the New
Zealand brewing industry.
Martin Craig is a beer writer, journalist and
publisher of www.beertown.nz
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NZ’s top Sommeliers to
compete for national honour
For the fourth year running, talented wine
experts working as a Sommelier in a hotel,
lodge or restaurant around New Zealand
are invited to compete in the 'New Zealand
Sommelier' and 'Junior Sommelier' of the
Sponsored by Auckland’s New Zealand
School of Food & Wine and supported by
Champagne Louis Roederer, the competition
provides wine professionals an opportunity
to demonstrate their wine knowledge and
service skills, while networking with New Zealand’s leading wine
authorities and members of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine
The New Zealand Sommelier of the Year will receive a VIP day at
Champagne Louis Roederer, while the Junior Sommelier of the Year will
win a Queenstown wine experience.
Entrants from around New Zealand are encouraged to apply, with
five travel grants of $200 available to support the costs of those
travelling to Auckland.
Past winners of this competition include Andrew Gladding,
Sommelier of the French Café; Maciej Zimny of Noble Rot; and 2016’s
winner, Dion Wai from Baduzzi.
The 2016 winner,
Dion Wai from Baduzzi
Email your application to email@example.com with a copy of
your CV attached by August 7, 2017. Eligible entrants must have
worked in a hotel, lodge or restaurant for 24 months or longer
and be a member of the New Zealand Sommeliers and Wine
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