Invercargill Brewery listed in top brews
Invercargill may be small, but it is punching above its weight when it comes to brewing a choice beer, according to critics.
Several of Invercargill Brewery’s beers have been named in a list of New Zealands greatest beers this month.
The list created by beer writer and critic Michael Donaldson ranked Invercargill Brewery’s Sa! son brew at number 17.
Also in the top 50 are another two Invercargill Brewery-made beers, Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black at number four and Yeastie Boys Rex Attitude at number 34. The brewery also got a mention in the Top-5 Occasional/Vintage releases with Invercargill Smokin’ Bishop ranked at number two.
Invercargill Brewery owner Amanda Nally said it was an honour but not a surprise to have beers named in the top 50 Kiwi brews.
Their brews had won awards in the past. Smokin’ Bishop won gold at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand in 2007 and Sa!son won the gold in 2015.
Both brews had also won international brewing awards in America and Australia.
‘‘We put a lot of effort into crafting our beer. We have very strict quality controls. So we know we make some good beer.
‘‘We would have been disappointed if we were not mentioned in the list.’’
The best thing about Donaldson’s list was that his selections looked into how differ- ent brews had influenced the New Zealand beer industry.
Smoky beers were relatively new to New Zealand, Nally said.
‘‘Smokin’ Bishop was the first smoked beer in New Zealand. It opened the door for others.
‘‘We had to get the butcher to smoke the malt for our first brew. Now we have our own smoker.’’
It wasn’t that long ago that there was such a small selection of different beers in New Zealand that a top 50 list would have been difficult to make, she said.
‘‘The industry is expanding to include more variety in beer and that is a good thing.’’
Chief beer taster and brewer Steven Nally said beers with a higher percentage of alcohol, like Sa!son and Smokin’ Bishop, were increasing in popularity.
He predicted aged beers and light beers would trend in 2017.
‘‘Anything easy drinking. A good light beer is the indication of a good brewer.’’
Invercargill Brewery chief beer taster Steven Nally pours a glass Sa!son.