16 May 2022

Media Release: Breaking brew news... Local breweries take top awards spots

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Winners list frothing over with first-time wins and trends 

Local breweries have takenthe top spots in one of the most popular beer and cider competitions in the country, the New World Beer & Cider Awards. 

The New World Beer & Cider Awards Top 30 announced today follows the independent expert judging of nearly 700 entries from around New Zealand and the world, and is full of debut winning breweries, record-setting wins and the latest trends. 

The winners hit the shelves as well as the headlines today, with all the Top 30 beers, ciders, and even an alcoholic gingerbeer, now available in New World supermarkets nationwide. 

Non-alcoholic beers get top marks and low carb reaches new heights 

In one of many firsts for the Awards, this year two non-alcoholic beers have made the prestigious Top 30:  ALL DAY Non-Alcoholic IPA from Auckland’s Bach Brewing and the Garage Project ‘Tiny’ Non-Alcoholic Hazy IPA.  

Chair of Judges for the New World Beer & Cider Awards Michael Donaldson says the wins are great news for beer drinkers of all persuasions. “Creating a full-flavour beer without the alcohol is no easy feat. These winning breweries have met the challenge and led the market with stunning results that even the most beer-loving consumers can enjoy pulling from the fridge. 

“To make the Top 30, an entry has to not just impress, but must reach the threshold of being a world-class example of its style, and these certainly do. Both are non-alcoholic options that don’t make you feel as if you’re missing out on anything.” 

This year also sees the first low carb beer – another fast-growing trend on beer chiller shelves – to make it into the Top 30 with Epic Blue. “We judged the low carb entries alongside their peers in each style class, and it’s a real credit to the skill of the Epic team to have created such a full-flavour competitor.” 

Debut winners from Waikato to Wanaka 

For the first time in the Award’s eight-year history, the Top 30 winner list is made up entirely of New Zealand brands, including nine first-time winners from all corners of the country.  

Debuting in the 2022 Top 30 are: 

·                     Beer Baroness, a 100% female owned brewery in Christchurch 

·                     Bootleg Brewery Company, located in the historic Matangi Dairy Factory near Hamilton  

·                     Morningcider, of Auckland’s Morningside (of course), creators of the city’s first urban orchard  

·                     Ranga Alcoholic Gingerbeer, from the original alcoholic gingerbeer brewers located in Gisborne 

·                     Rhyme X Reason of Wanaka, where they also design and manufacture their own canning lines 

·                     Southpaw Brewing, founded by a team of beer-fan friends in Christchurch 

·                    The Theoretical Brewer of Taranaki, which has quickly grown from a garage passion project to one of the region’s favourite craft brewers 

·                     Volstead Brewing Company, also of Christchurch, which made the Top 30 on their first try 

Mount Brewing also re-joined the ranks with their first beer win, and Hawkes Bay’s Brave Brewing has returned following their inaugural win in 2020. 

“This Top 30 is a showcase of some of the best brewing talents and innovators in the country,” says Donaldson, “and it’s great to be able to celebrate these new and less-widely known names alongside heritage brands like Steinlager, and popular craft breweries like Panhead and Sawmill, who continue to experiment and perform at the top of their game.” 

Supreme winner a “masterpiece” among traditional styles and modern classics 

For the first time the New World Beer & Cider Awards judges also awarded a Supreme Winner – tasting and re-tasting the best-scoring entries to find a stand-out champion and discovering what Michael Donaldson has called “a classic masterpiece” in Emerson’s Weissbier

A reincarnation of a wheat beer Emerson’s founder Richard Emerson first brewed in 1995, the traditionally cloudy German-style beer is described as fruit-driven with a hint of “banana lollies”, full and creamy but clean and coherent.  

“For those less taken by trends, the Top 30 is equally full of ‘classics’ to explore,” says Donaldson, including two Belgian style beers: a saison called Bones of the Land from North End Brewery and a  lambic-style brew called Fistful of Raspberries from Matakana’s 8 Wired

The Top 30 has modern classics and Kiwi-born legends too, such as Garage Project’s Pernicious Weed, which is one of four Top 30 wins from the brewery – an Awards record. While pop-culture champs Behemoth and relative newcomers Urbanaut were recognised for their latest take on hazies and lager respectively.  

“Whether you are keen to try a perfect example of your favourite style of beer, explore something new, or just sample something from another part of the country, the Top 30 is a go to list that you can be confident choosing from,” says Donaldson. 

A full list of the Top 30 winning beers and ciders is below. All winners, as well as the 70 Highly Commended brews, can also be found on the New World website at newworld.co.nz/Top30 

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2022 New World Beer & Cider Awards Top 30  

Brewery/Brand  Region  Winning Beer/Cider name  Style 
8 Wired Brewing  Warkworth/Matakana  8 Wired A Fistful of Raspberries  Wheat, Saison, Sour 
8 Wired Brewing  Warkworth/Matakana  8 Wired iStout  Stout 
Bach Brewing Co.  Auckland  Bach ALL DAY Non-Alcoholic IPA  Non Alcoholic 
Bach Brewing Co.  Auckland  Bach PEACH PUCKER Berliner Sour Beer  Wheat, Saison, Sour 
Beer Baroness  Christchurch (central)  Beer Baroness Sunshine & Spaceships  Hazy 
Behemoth Brewing Company  Auckland - Mt Eden  Behemoth Brewing Hop Buddies Homer and Marge Hazy IPA  Hazy 
Bootleg Brewery Ltd  Hamilton - Matangi  Bootleg T-Straight Burnout Smokey Stout  Stout 
Brave Brewing Co  Hawke's Bay - Hastings  Brave Brewing Co Bottle Rocket Extra Pale Ale  Pale Ale  
Burkes Brewing Co  Tekapo  Burkes Brewing Co #Fakenews Hazy IPA  Hazy 
Emerson's Brewery  Dunedin  Emerson's Weissbier  Wheat, Saison, Sour 
Epic Beer  Auckland - Onehunga  Epic Blue Low Carb Pale Ale  Pale Ale 
Epic Beer  Auckland - Onehunga  Epic Cryopop  IPA 
Garage Project Brewery  Wellington  Garage Project Hatsukoi Lager  Lager & Pilsner  
Garage Project Brewery  Wellington  Garage Project Pernicious Weed IIPA  IPA 
Garage Project Brewery  Wellington  Garage Project Proper Crisp IPA  IPA 
Garage Project Brewery  Wellington  Garage Project Tiny Non-Alcoholic Hazy IPA  Non Alcoholic 
Morningcider  Auckland - Morningside  Morningcider Strawberry Rosé Cider  Cider & Alcoholic Gingerbeer 
Mount Brewing Co  Mount Maunganui  Mount Brewing Co Golden Hour Hazy XPA  Hazy 
North End Brewery  Kapiti Coast/Waikanae  North End Bones of the Land Saison  Wheat, Saison & Sour 
DB Breweries Ltd  Nelson  Orchard Thieves Rose  Cider & Alcoholic Gingerbeer 
Panhead Custom Ales  Wellington - Upper Hutt  Panhead Port Road Pilsner  Lager & Pilsner  
Ranga / Brand Evolution  Gisborne  Ranga Alcoholic Gingerbeer  Cider & Alcoholic Gingerbeer 
Rhyme X Reason Brewery  Wanaka  Rhyme X Reason Space Monkey  Lager & Pilsner  
Sawmill Brewery  Matakana  Sawmill Extra Pale Ale  Pale Ale  
Sawmill Brewery  Matakana  Sawmill West Coast IPA  IPA 
Southpaw Brewing Company  Christchurch - Hornby  Southpaw Brewing Say Hey Kid IPA  IPA 
Lion  Auckland  Steinlager Pure  Lager & Pilsner  
The Theoretical Brewer  New Plymouth, Taranaki  The Theoretical Brewer Mad Hatter  Hazy 
Urbanaut Brewing Co  Auckland - Kingsland  Urbanaut Hacienda Disco Beer  Lager & Pilsner  
Volstead Brewing Company  Christchurch - Riccarton  Volstead Brewing Company Riwaka Hazy  Hazy