McLeod’s lager win­ning brew among craft beers


McLeod’s Brew­ery in Waipu was among sev­eral north­ern brew­eries who fea­tured well in the 2017 Brewer Guild Awards.

The ar­ti­san brew­ery last month brought home one tro­phy, four gold medals and four bronzes. Their lager, Bri­tish and pale ales scored the top re­sults with the more tra­di­tional pil­sner ’Long­board’ tak­ing the tro­phy.

Brothers Ge­off and Clay­ton Gwynne pur­chased the Pizza Barn in 2003, quickly putting their own fin­ger­prints to the place in­clud­ing the name and menu, but found the beer lack­ing. Be­ing big fans of craft beer from their trav­els abroad, they craved au­then­tic brews so in 2014 launched them­selves into the brew­ery busi­ness.

‘‘We now have a great ‘brew crew’ which in­cludes head brewer Ja­son Bath­gate who’s worked for two cham­pion New Zealand brew­eries.and as­sis­tant brewer Mil­ton Mewett,’’ says Ge­off Gy­wnne.

Brew­ers Guild chair Jonathan Alve says North­land is be­gin­ning to stamp its brew­ing rep­u­ta­tion in NZ with it craft beers.

Matakana’s Sawmill Brew­ery, with two Best in Class tro­phies and five gold medals, and Wark­worth’s 8 Wired Brew­ery 19 medals, in­clud­ing two golds, added to the North­land prize haul.

Ja­son Bath­gate, the head brewer and Mil­ton Mewett, the as­sis­tant brewer at McLeod’s Brew­ery.

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