NZ brewers have been over the Tasman picking up medals.
Beer writer and general gourmand Neil Miller describes them as “rampant”—having won 65 awards at the 2013 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), including six trophies and seven gold medals, and Marlborough’s Renaissance Brewery, yet again, taking out the award for AIBA Champion Small International Brewery.
Neil has all the winners over at the always sharp Beer and Brewer blog—being winners here, I’ve listed below all the local trophy and gold medal winners.
So these are the gold-medal-winning beers to check out next time you’re buying*:
Moa Brewing Company, Marlborough = 6 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze)
Gold in Belgian Lambic: Moa Sour Blanc
Renaissance Brewing Ltd, Marlborough = 2 trophies and 9 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 7 bronze)
Trophy for Champion Small International Brewery
Trophy for Best Scotch Ale/Barley Wine: Tribute 2011 Barley Wine
Gold in Barley/Wheat Wine: Tribute 2011 Barley Wine
Lion, Auckland (Lion!):
Trophy for Best Australian Style Lager: Mac’s Gold
Trophy for Best Pilsner: Mac’s Hop Rocker
Gold in Other Pilsner: Mac’s Hop Rocker
Gold in Australian Style Lager: Mac’s Gold
Gold in Low Carbohydrate Lager: Mac’s Spring Tide
8 Wired Brewing, Marlborough = 1 trophy and 6 medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze)
Trophy for Best IPA: Superconductor
Gold in Imperial/Double IPA: Superconductor
* And good luck if you can either find or afford a Renaissance Tribute 2011 Barley Wine.