In­ver­cargill Brew­ery listed in top brews

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - JOANNA GRIF­FITHS

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.’’

JOANNA GRIF­FITHS/FAIR­FAX NZ

In­ver­cargill Brew­ery chief beer taster Steven Nally pours a glass Sa!son.

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