NZ Brewers Guild Awards 2013: The Winners

August 9, 2013, by Crafty Pint
NZ Brewers Guild Awards 2013: The Winners

The 2013 NZ Brewers Guild Awards Dinner took place in Wellington last night and there were some names that will be very familiar to Aussie drinkers taking out trophies – as well as a few lesser known lights that only those who’ve travelled across the ditch will have sampled.

Renaissance Brewing took out the Champion New Zealand Brewery as well as Champion British Ale style for its Tribute Barleywine and Champion Wheat & Other Grain Styles for its Enlightenment Black the RIPA. The Boston Beer Company picked up Champion International Brewery, while there were also multiple trophies for Tuatara and Townshends.

Other winners whose beers are available in Australia included Garage Project, for the Cockswain’s Courage Double-Barrelled Edition, Emerson’s for their Dinner Bell, and Three Boys for their Coconut Milk Stout. Pick of the Festive Brews – beers brewed to a theme to be launched at this weekend’s Beervana Festival, which this year meant brewers could use only three of beer’s normal four ingredients – was The Twisted Hop’s Cheery.

Away from the brewing side of the industry, the second Beer Writer of the Year award, one which The Crafty Pint was lucky enough to present last year, went to Michael Donaldson, the newspaper editor who last year published Beer Nation, a book on New Zealand’s beer history. Not bad for someone who told Crafty he only started writing about beer three years ago!


Champion New Zealand Brewery
Sponsored by Dish

Renaissance Brewing

Champion International Brewery
Sponsored by NZ Hops

Boston Beer Company

European Lager Styles
Sponsored by Weyermann Specialty Malts

Cassels and Sons Dunkel

International Lager Styles
Sponsored by O-I

Townshend Brewery Oldhams Tap Riwaka Pilsner

British Ale Styles
Sponsored by Leading Label

Renaissance Brewing Tribute Barley Wine

Wheat & Other Grain Styles Sponsored by Beer & Brewer Magazine

Renaissance Brewing Enlightenment Black the RIPA

Other European Ale Styles
Sponsored by CryerMalt

Emerson’s Brewery Dinner Bell

US Ale Styles
Sponsored by Pall NZ

Tuatara Brewing Tuatara American Pale Ale

International Ale Styles
Sponsored by Kiwi Labels

Lion – The Pride Mac’s Shady Pale

Stout & Porter Styles
Sponsored by Orica Chemnet

Wigram Brewing Company The Czar

Flavoured & Aged Styles (incl. Fruit/ Spice/ Herb/ Honey/ Smoke)
Sponsored by Farra

Three Boys Brewery Three Boys Coconut Milk-Stout

New Zealand Specific Styles
Sponsored by Gladfield

Boundary Road Brewery Haagen Lager

Specialty, Experimental, Aged, Barrel, Wood-Aged Styles
Sponsored by Plant & Food Research

Garage Project Cockswain’s Courage Double-Barrelled Edition

Cider & Perry Styles
Sponsored by Charta Packaging

Good George Brewing Drop Hop Cider

Cask Conditioned Styles
Sponsored by AIBA & CBIA

Townshend Brewery Old House ESB

Sponsored by Endeavour Glass

Tuatara Brewing Tuatara Range

Brewers Guild New Zealand Beer Writer of the Year
Michael Donaldson

Morton Coutts Trophy for Innovation
Sponsored by DB Breweries

Doug Banks and Jim Banks

Festive Brew
Sponsored by Beervana

The Twisted Hop Cheery

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