NZ BREWS SET GOLD STANDARD

Chair of judges Michael Donaldson at the New World Beer and Cider Awards 2018 held at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

New Zealand brewers and cider-makers have set the gold standard at the 2018 New World Beer & Cider Awards, taking all but one of the 12 Champion trophies available to hundreds of local and international entries.

The 2018 New World Beer & Cider Champions are:

Class:

Product:

Origin:

Lager

Hop Federation Lager

Nelson

Pilsner

Parrotdog Pandemonium

Wellington

Pale Ale

Sawmill eXtra Pale Ale

Auckland

IPA

Parrotdog Forget-Me-Not

Wellington

British-style Ale

Hertog Jan Grand Prestige

Netherlands

European-style Ale

Deep Creek Steam Funk Gose

Auckland

American-style Ale

Fortune Favours
The Oregonian All American Amber

Wellington

Stout, Porter & Black Beer

Wigram Ace Smokey Porter

Christchurch

Wheat & Other Grain Beer

Altitude Persistent High Hefe

Queenstown

Speciality, Experimental

8 Wired Cucumber Hippy

Auckland

Apple & Pear Cider

Zeffer Crisp Apple Cider

Hawke’s Bay

Fruit & Flavoured Cider

Zeffer Two Point Five Cider

Hawke’s Bay

In an impressive double-header result, New Zealand craft companies Parrotdog and Zeffer won a third of the Champion titles between them, taking home two trophies each.

“Parrotdog now wears the coveted IPA crown, retains their Pilsner trophy from 2017 and added a third Gold medal to boot, while Zeffer won Champion in both cider categories – a competition first,” explained Chair of the independent judges Michael Donaldson.

Other Champions in the golden dozen include well-known names in the Kiwi craft beer scene as well as newcomer Fortune Favours. A further nine New Zealand beers and ciders were awarded Gold medals. All the Champion and Gold medal winners will be on sale in New World stores nationwide for a four-week period starting 28th May.

“It was the biggest year ever for the New World Beer & Cider Awards with nearly 600 entries and these winners held their own through an exacting judging process,” says Donaldson.

“These are truly world-class beers and ciders, and every one of them delivers to the promise of the Gold medal sticker attached to them.”

From beers described as “sunshine in a glass” to ciders praised for “brilliant execution”, he says this year’s winners offer a great range to explore.

“There are perfect examples of the classics, like Hop Federation’s Lager, or you can test your palate on something a bit different, such as 8 Wired’s Cucumber Hippy.

“The rise of more exotic beer styles, like Deep Creek’s Steam Funk Gose– a salted, sour beer that was nearly lost to the world behind the Berlin Wall, and an increasing number of traditional-style dry ciders is also great news for consumers.”

“And I was delighted to see two quite contrasting IPAs come to the fore with Parrotdog’s classic West Coast US-style taking the trophy and Behemoth’s hazy, juicy East Coast-style, complete with rip-top lid, also winning a Gold.

“Across the board, the diversity of styles means there’s something for everyone among the Gold medal winners.”

With winners hailing from Kerikeri in the Far North to Queenstown in the deep south and regions in between, he says the results are a sign of New Zealand’s maturing beer and cider industry.

“The fact that Kainui, a relatively unknown, small farmhouse brewery in Northland, can deliver beers of international standard is a testament to the health of the local industry and our homegrown brewing talents.”

Another fact, Donaldson noted, was that brewers and cider-makers are becoming increasingly skilful at packing flavour into lower alcohol products, with 12 of the 21 Gold medal beers and ciders being under percent ABV (alcohol by volume).

Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd, said New World is delighted to support brewers and cider-makers through the only New Zealand awards programme to offer an instant boost in sales and brand visibility.

“With distribution and support through 135 New World stores nationwide, the New World Beer & Cider Awards puts the Gold medal brews front and centre with a national audience of thirsty beer and cider enthusiasts.

“With winning breweries spread across the North and South Islands, this is a lucrative opportunity to get their name on the map and their product to the top of shopping lists across the country.

“We know from experience that demand will be high and we encourage people to get in quick to try the best of the best while they are on the shelf for a limited time.”

More than 90 beer and cider makers from New Zealand and overseas entered 584 products into the 2018 New World Beer & Cider Awards. The entries were blind-judged by a panel of 16 independent expert judges using a collaborative method based on technical excellence, balance, mouthfeel, and most importantly, drinkability.

In addition to the class Champions, Gold medals were also awarded to the following:

Class:

Product:

Origin:

Pale Ale

Parrotdog Falcon

Wellington

IPA

Behemoth Lid Ripper Hazy IPA

Auckland

Stout, Porter & Black Beer

Kainui Brew Co Rank & File Porter

Kerikeri

Speciality, Experimental

Garage Project White Mischief

Wellington

Apple & Pear Cider

Good George Extra Dry Apple Cider

Hamilton

Harvest Crisp Apple Cider

Gisborne

Peckham’s Reserve Dry Cider

Nelson

Fruit & Flavoured Cider

Good George Scarlett Peach Cider

Hamilton

Orchard Thieves Red Berries Cider

Nelson