Craft brewer fizzing over awards success
Craft brewers Emporium Brewing scored three medals at this year’s Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards.
Emporium has been brewing craft beers for two years, and only opened in Kaiko¯ura a year ago.
Owners Paul and Laura Finney said it was the first time they have entered the awards, and only did so to get feedback on their beer.
Paul said once they were fully set up in Kaiko¯ura it will become a 1000-litre brewery.
The medals were given out at a gala dinner in Christchurch on Sunday, October 8.
The Brewers Guild Awards is the biggest and most-respected beer competition in New Zealand and this year had a record of 964 entries.
Judging was held over three days by a panel of 28 judges.
Paul joined as a trainee judge this year, sampling 140 beers over several days the week before the award night.
‘‘It was such an invaluable and inspiring experience and such a good experience to be able to benchmark our beers across the industry, as well as identifying faults in beers.
‘‘I learnt so much sitting at the table talking with people who have been in the industry a long time and are experienced judges,’’ said Finney.
Competition manager Craig Bowen said the goal of the trainee programme wasn’t just to create new judges but to also allow those attending to test their sensory skills while immersing themselves in a big three-day crash course.
Owners Paul Finney and Laura Pritchard from Emporium Brewery in Kaiko¯ura scored three medals at this year’s Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards.