Garage Project named NZ's best brewery

  • 08/10/2017
The innovative brewer founded by two Kiwi brothers and their buddy beat 111 breweries (Getty, file)
The innovative brewer founded by two Kiwi brothers and their buddy beat 111 breweries. Photo credit: Getty, file

Thirsty Kiwis are in luck because New Zealand's best beer maker has been crowned for another year.

Garage Project, distilling ales and lagers from a former inner-Wellington petrol station, took home the title of champion brewer at the 2017 Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards on Saturday.

The innovative brewer founded by two Kiwi brothers and their buddy beat 111 breweries as they won four golds, nine silvers and 13 bronze at the awards night in Christchurch.

It's a partnership that has been turning heads ever since the trio opened it in 2011 and released 24 different mini-batches of beers in their first 24 weeks of operating, guild chairman Jonathan Alve says.

"Ever since it started, Garage Project has built a reputation for boundary-bending beers created with unusual ingredients and techniques," he said.

"The fact it won 26 medals shows that this innovative approach also produces a wide range of beers that are technically excellent in their delivery."

He said the win by Garage Project - which has also won a silver medal at the World Beer Cup and collaborated with Singapore Airlines and the Royal New Zealand Ballet - was extra-special because of the quality of the competition.

This included a record 964 entries, up from 946 last year.

Among these American brewery Boston Beer Company was crowned champion international brewery, while Auckland's Steam Brewing Company won the champion manufacturer award.

Eagle Brewing won the best New Zealand lager award for its Dry Hopped Pilsner, while the best pale ale went to Tuatara Brewing Co's Aotearoa Pale Ale.

Garage Project also won the best flavoured and aged beer for their stout named Cabbages and Kings Imperial Oyster Stout.

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