Galbraith's brings home two gold medals at the 2017 International Beer Awards, with both beers contract brewed at Steam Brewing.
The International Brewing Awards celebrate a long and successful history. Started back in 1888, they are often referred as The Oscars of the Brewing Industry - and with good reason.
The 2017 competition was held in Burton-on-Trent in the UK last week. Covering nine beer categories in 34 classes, 45 judges assessed more than 1100 beers and ciders from 21 countries.
In each class, only one Gold, Silver and Bronze are awarded, making winning even more special and prestigious.
The 45 judges are all experienced working professional brewers, therefore completely understand the whole process. So to stand out from the crowd with such a tough and knowledge tasting panel all adds to the reputation and regard given to this the longest running beer competition, and the accolades achieved.
Galbraith's received a Gold Medal in the Lager class for Galbraith's Bohemian Pilsner, and a Gold in the Strong Dark Beer class for Galbraith's Rurik Stout. Galbraith's was the only New Zealand Brewery to be awarded a Gold Medal and the only brewery in the world to win two Gold Medals in this year’s competition.
“This is huge for us and for New Zealand craft beer in general. To be acknowledged by a group of your peers that your ale and lager is of world standard is the peak of my 40 year career," said Keith Galbraith.
"We make beers for ourselves first and foremost and ask customers to share our vision. We do not produce beer to fit into the categories that many beer competitions impose on entries. We find this limiting as most beers begin to taste the same given the tight parameters. The beers that performed so well in this competition have been thrown out of other comps because they didn’t conform. We embrace nonconformity as it lets us express ourselves in the best possible way.”
Galbraith's brews small batches at Galbraith's Ale House, while large batches and the Galbraith's bottled range is brewed on contract at Auckland's Steam Brewing.