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Society of Beer Advocates Award Winners 2013

Society of Beer Advocates Award Winners 2013

The Society of Beer Advocates (SOBA) is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural SOBA Awards.

These awards are intended to recognise, reward and encourage those who are providing excellent products and services to the beer community and industry.

SOBA is a consumer-based organisation with a mission to educate, promote, and advocate for the appreciation of, and access to, a diverse range of quality beer.

These results are based on voting by the SOBA membership, all of whom are beer enthusiasts and many are employed in the industry.

National Awards
Best Brewery: Liberty Brewing Co (Auckland)
Best Beer: Liberty C!tra (Auckland)
Best New Release: Garage Project Death
From Above (Wellington)
Best Home Brew Store: Brewers Coop (Auckland) & The Brew House (Wellington) *Tie for 1st*

Regional Awards

Best Bars:
Galbraiths Aleshouse (Auckland)
Good George (Waikato)
The Hour Glass (Taranaki)
The Rutland Arms (Whanganui)
Hashigo Zake (Wellington)
The Free House (Nelson)
Dodson Street (Marlborough)
Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn (Canterbury)
Albar (Otago)

Best Restaurants:
Depot Eatery (Auckland)
Good George (Waikato)
Village Inn Kitchen (Manawatu)
Otega Fish Shack & Logan Brown (Wellington) *Tie for 1st*
Dodson Street (Marlborough)
Pomeroy’s Old Brewery Inn (Canterbury)
Eureka (Otago)

Best Off Licenses:
Hopscotch Beer Company & Brothers Beer (Auckland)
Hamilton Beer & Wine Co (Waikato)
Mikes Organic Brewery & Fitzroy Liquorland (Taranaki) *Tie for 1st*
Albert St Liquorland (Manawatu)
Regional Wines & Spirits (Wellington)
Nelson Freshchoice (Neslon)
Blenheim New World (Marlborough)
Centre City New World & Castle MacAdam (Otago) *Tie for 1st*

SOBA has also elected to honour the following people:
• Charles Swettenham has been awarded Honoured Member for service to Canterbury SOBA
• Geoff Griggs has been awarded Honoured Member for service to SOBA & Beer Writing
• Jonathan Day has been awarded Honoured Member for service to SOBA & Beer Education
• Richard Emerson has been awarded Honoured Member for Craft Beer Leadership

For a full winners list including runners up please visit


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