The cream of NZ brewing rose to the top, yet again, at BrewNZ. Epic, Limburg and Emerson’s picked up two best in class trophies apiece to continue the dominance of Messrs Nicholas, O’Leary and Emerson in the more international styles.
Mac’s/Lion yet again cleaned out Monteith’s/DB in the more NZ focused categories – draughts and lagers. Mac’s Sassy Red picked up the Amber Ale category again (for the third successive year, I believe) amongst some strong competition, which goes to show that these guys can make some fantastic beer when they choose too.
When it’s all said and done, the public need to be involved to make BrewNZ a real success. The public side of this year’s event seemed to be a bit hit and miss. I’ve heard some anecdotal evidence of good events occurring around town but it’s very hard to tell what was going on around the city when you are spending your days in the inner sanctum (watching 10 judges work their way through 170 beers). Aaron Watson’s honest Capital Times summary basically confirmed what I sensed was going on, from the odd occasion that I managed to venture out. Great beer is possibly not being backed up with great service.
Are our events, bars, restaurants and cafés letting our best brewers down? If so, how do we improve?
And… did I just ask that question in a Dallow-esque TV One tone?