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EPIC Mayhem at BrewNZ International Beer Awards

Press Release
Cock and Bull
11September 2006

For immediate release

EPIC Mayhem at BrewNZ International Beer Awards

The results of the 2006 BrewNZ New Zealand Beer Awards were formally posted this morning. A panel of ten expert judges spent three days evaluating more than 170 beers from across New Zealand and around the world. The judges – led by internationally renowned brewer and beer judge Dave Logsdon from the United States – considered a record number of entries across fourteen diverse classes.

Head Judge Dave Logsdon said “The quality and diversity of the beers entered in this year’s awards was outstanding. I continue to be impressed at the way New Zealand beer is developing. New Zealanders are making world class beer, no doubt about it, and that is great for consumers”

The final category judged was the Festive Brew. This demanding category requires brewers to make a beer specially for the awards. This year the theme was “All Hail Pale Ale” and the winner was the Epic Brewing Company with their beer called simply “Mayhem”. Mayhem took out the Best in Class Trophy as well as a Gold medal.

Epic Head Brewer Luke Nicholas said about his beer “We have set out to wilfully maim and cripple the palates of the most extreme hop head. This act of wanton destruction is in the true spirit of what festive brews are about, to create something unique and fun”.

Epic Brewing also won another of the 14 classes with it’s Epic Pale Ale which picked up Best in Class and a Gold medal.

Epics’ stablemate the Cock & Bull was also very successful at this years awards with both Monks Habit and Classic Draught picking up silver medals, and Dark Star collecting a Bronze. Quite a haul for a small New Zealand operation! In fact the success the brewery has achieved this year is phenomenal.

Luke Nicholas says “These wins are huge, particularly as we were competing against the major International Brewing companies. We pride ourselves on the quality of our beer and it’s great to see that confirmed by these awards.”

Company owner Kieran Meyer says “It’s great that a small brewery can be recognized for a high quality product in this way.”


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