At the BrewNZ New Zealand Beer Awards last night at the Duxton Hotel in Wellington, New Zealand, the newly release Epic Armageddon IPA won a Gold Medal and Best in Class trophy.
Epic Brewing Company is no stranger to winning the top awards with Epic Pale Ale having won Best in Class last year and Supreme Champion Beer of New Zealand in 2006.
Owner/Brewer Luke Nicholas says “I had spent many sleepless nights worrying about whether to make this beer or not, as it has such big aroma and flavour I doubted there would be a significant market”. With a huge grin on his face and trophy in hand, he says “I’m please I just went for it”
Nicholas was proven wrong when he released the beer in July with retailers snapping up what stock they could get.
“Within 48 hours I had allocated the whole batch, then had to make a quick decision to make another batch. The problem with that is there was a 4 week wait for batch two to be ready”
The second batch of Epic Armageddon IPA was released this week, and will be available for tasting on Friday & Saturday at Beervana, held at the Wellington Town Hall.
Also available at the Epic stand will be the two oak barrels that were fill with Armageddon, and put on the InterIslander for six weeks to simulate the original ocean voyage of the India Pale Ales from the 18th Century.
Epic Armageddon IPA is available in a select group of supermarkets and bottle shops throughout New Zealand, and a handful of locations in Australia.