At the ninth annual Gisborne Gold beer options held in Wellington recently a team from the Bodega Beer Imbibement Association (BBIA) won the cup for the fourth time. The BBIA is a group of beerdrinkers who meet monthly at Bar Bodega to try different beers and escape their family responsibilities.
When told of the news, Bar Bodega landlord Fraser McInnes said “Shit hot”.
The beer options event is run by Wellington’s specialty alcohol retailer Regional Wines and Spirits. Members of the BBIA won the Gisborne Gold Cup the first three times the competition was held between 1998 and 2000. But since then it’s been lean pickings with only a few second and third placings during the early 2000’s.
“Essentially the standard of the competition got better” said winning team captain Neil McInnes “and we didn’t”.
Competing under the nom de guerre ‘The Funking Bar Stewards’, the boys from the BBIA dropped only 5 questions out of the 18 posed by regular MC and quizmaster Geoff Griggs.
Neil attributed the win to the practice session the week prior to the competition. “We have never done that before, so there might be something in it” he said.