Farm brewery wins gold at world's largest beer awards

A brewery which produces beer from a farmshed near Taupō has won gold at the world's largest annual beer awards.

Lakeman Brewing is run out of a former implement shed on the farm of James Cooper.

At the Australian International Beer Awards the brewery won six medals, including a gold medal for its Hairy Wonker stout.

The stout was produced in collaboration with local coffee roaster, and old school friend Jimmy Baker from Volcanic Coffee in Taupo.

The Lakeman Brewery Co is run from a former implement shed on a farm near Taupō.
The Lakeman Brewery Co is run from a former implement shed on a farm near Taupō. Photo credit: Supplied

The imperial stout combines coffee, cacao and cardamom.

"Jimmy came up with the cacao and cardamom, to add a bit of spice to it," Cooper told Rural Today's Dominic George.

"The coffee is subtle, it's more pushing the chocolate and cardamom flavour, it blended nicely together."

Cooper said winning the gold was huge, and they were now looking at producing another batch of the Hairy Wonker stout for next year.

The Hairy Wonker was up against more than 268 other specialty beers at the awards.
The awards are the world's largest annual beer awards with entries from more than 320 breweries from 36 countries. 

Listen: Rural Today's Dominic George talks to Lakeman Brewing co-founder James Cooper. 

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