Harrington’s Breweries (Christchurch) has taken out top honours at The Sutton Group Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards, beating strong competition to be Champion Brewery in New Zealand for 2012.

Other trophies went to Boston Beer Co, for Champion International Brewery, James (Jim) Pollitt winning the Morton Coutts Trophy for Innovation (previous winners include the Yeastie Boys) and Garage Project took home two trophies for best Flavoured & Aged Style and best Festive Brew for their Dark Arts and Ziggy’s Carrot Cake respectively.

Now in its 11th year, the Awards continue to be strongly contested with increased support from local breweries – there was a 20% increase in New Zealand entries on the 2011 levels.

This year saw the introduction of the Beer Writer of the Year Award, with Phil Cook taking home the inaugural honours.

Full details of the Trophy Winners:

New Zealand Champion Brewery
Harrington’s Breweries

Champion International Brewery
Boston Beer Co

European Lager Styles
Wigram Brewing Company
Munchner Dunkel

International Lager Styles
Tuatara Brewing Company
Tuatara Pilsner

British Ale Styles
Emerson’s Brewery
Regional Best Bitter

Other European Ale Styles
Golden Bear Brewing
Pirate Peach Saison

US Ale Styles
Liberty Brewing Co
Yakima Monster

International Ale Styles

Stout & Porter Styles
Wigram Brewing Company
The Czar

Wheat & Other Grain Styles
Tuatara Brewing Co Ltd
Tuatara Hefe

Flavoured & Aged Styles (incl. Fruit/Spice/Herb/ Honey/Smoke)
Garage Project
Dark Arts

New Zealand Specific Styles
Boundary Road Brewery
NZ Pure

Specialty, Experimental, Aged, Barrel & Wood-Aged Styles
8 Wired Brewing
Grand Cru 2011

Cider & Perry Styles
Bulmer Harvest
Harvest Pear Cider

Cask Conditioned
Townshend Brewery
HM’s Black Strap Porter

Tuatara Brewing Company
Tuatara Range

Festive Brew
Garage Project
Ziggy’s Carrot Cake

Morton Coutts Trophy for Innovation
James (Jim) Pollitt

Brewers Guild New Zealand Beer Writer of the Year 2012
Phil Cook

Full details of all the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and all awards can be downloaded by visiting: http://brewersguild.org.nz

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