Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Northern Region Shines in Brewers Guild Awards

Northern region shines in Brewers Guild Awards

Brewers from Bream Bay to Birkenhead are counting their winnings after the 2017 Brewers Guild Awards.

The Awards were announced in Christchurch last weekend, after beer judges assessed nearly 1000 beers and ciders from 112 breweries.

A cluster of Northland/North Auckland brewers did very well this year, demonstrating the ongoing growth of craft brewing in the Northern region.

Leading the group is Matakana’s Sawmill Brewery, with two Best in Class trophies and five gold medals. This small brewery relocated from Leigh in 2016, to new premises in Matakana incorporating a brewpub. Beer writer Jules van Costello describes Sawmill’s beers as “among the most elegant and refined in the country”, and it appears the Guild judges agreed.

Further north, McLeod’s Brewery in Waipu brings home one trophy and four gold medals. McLeod’s brewer Jason Bathgate has been bringing some of his native Vermont styles to New Zealand, but it was a more traditional pilsner that scored the trophy.

Liberty Brewing in Helensville is on a roll with awards this year. At the Brewers Guild Awards it collected 17 medals, plus a trophy for Prohibition imperial porter.

Warkworth’s 8 Wired Brewery returned north with a total of 19 medals, including two golds. Deep Creek Brewing brought nine medals home to Silverdale, and Birkenhead Brewing Co claimed four.

“The north-of-the-Bridge area has really come of age as a brewing hub this year,” says Brewers Guild chair Jonathan Alve. “A few years back Wellington and Nelson were contesting the craft beer crown, but this group of results shows the Northern region has developed into a Craft Beer Coast.”

“The number of breweries operating in New Zealand has doubled since 2012, and this year’s results show Northern breweries are growing in quality as well as in numbers.”

“The Brewers Guild Awards are easily the biggest and most-respected beer competition run in New Zealand. We have international beer judges working to the highest standards, and brewers are very keen to win recognition from their peers,” Jonathan Alve says.

Northern region results summary:

Sawmill Brewery, Matakana

• 2 Trophies – Sawmill Baltic Porter, Sawmill/Good George Weizenbock

• 5 Gold Medals

• 3 Silver Medals

• 2 Bronze Medals

McLeod’s Brewery, Waipu

• 1 Trophy – Longboarder pilsner

• 4 Gold Medals

• 4 Bronze Medals

Liberty Brewing Co., Helensville

• 1 Trophy – Prohibition imperial porter

• 2 Gold Medals

• 8 Silver Medals

• 7 Bronze Medals

8 Wired Brewery, Warkworth

• 2 Gold Medals

• 8 Silver Medals

• 9 Bronze Medals

Deep Creek Brewing Co., Silverdale

• 2 Gold Medals

• 3 Silver Medals

• 4 Bronze Medals

Birkenhead Brewing Co., Birkenhead

• 2 Gold Medals

• 1 Silver Medal

• 1 Bronze Medal

To see the full results from the 2017 Brewers Guild of New Zealand awards go to -


About the Brewers Guild of New Zealand

The Brewers Guild is a membership-based organisation established to grow the value and quality of New Zealand’s $2.2 billion beer sector.

It operates as a collective voice for more than 80 commercial brewers in New Zealand. The Guild works with Government on legal, licensing, fiscal and excise issues. It delivers education programmes to its members and helps promote the value of the sector to the public.

The Guild organises New Zealand’s most prestigious annual beer awards, the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards.

For more information, including the full results of the 2017 Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards, visit -

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Government: Delivering Lower Card Fees To Business

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark has today announced the Government’s next steps to reduce merchant service fees, that banks charge businesses when customers use a credit or debit card to pay, which is estimated to save New Zealand businesses ... More>>

SEEK NZ Employment Report: April 2021

OVERVIEW OF APRIL 2021: STATE OF THE NATION: April, for the second consecutive month, saw the highest number of jobs ever advertised on Applications per job ad fell 9% month-on-month (m/m). SEEK job ads were up by 12% m/m. SEEK job ads were ... More>>

Commerce Commission: Warns Genesis Over Business Billing Errors

The Commerce Commission has issued a warning to Genesis Energy Limited about billing errors concerning electricity line charges to business customers. Genesis reported the errors to the Commission. The Commission considers that Genesis is likely to ... More>>

Stats: Lower Job Security Linked To Lower Life Satisfaction

People who feel their employment is insecure are more likely than other employed people to rate their overall life satisfaction poorly, Stats NZ said today. New survey data from the March 2021 quarter shows that 26 percent of employed people who thought ... More>>

The Conversation: The Outlook For Coral Reefs Remains Grim Unless We Cut Emissions Fast — New Research

A study of 183 coral reefs worldwide quantified the impacts of ocean warming and acidification on reef growth rates. Even under the lowest emissions scenarios, the future of reefs is not bright. More>>

The Conversation: Why Now Would Be A Good Time For The Reserve Bank Of New Zealand To Publish Stress Test Results For Individual Banks

Set against the backdrop of an economy healing from 2020’s annus horribilis , this week’s Financial Stability Report (FSR) from the Reserve Bank (RBNZ) was cautiously reassuring: the country’s financial system is sound, though vulnerabilities remain. More>>