New World’s Beer and Cider Award winners announced

By BeertownNZ Mon, 03 Apr 2017 National

It’s a double win for Bach Brewing and Good George, and another win for Epic Armageddon.

Bach’s Witsunday Blonde IPA takes home Champion Wheat, and its Driftwood is Champion Pale Ale.

Good George collects Champion British-style Ale for Amber, and Drop Hop cider is champ Fruit & Flavoured Cider.

Epic Armageddon repeats last year’s win as Champion IPA. New World’s Chair of Judges Michael Donaldson personally rates Armageddon as both New Zealand’s Greatest Beer and The Best Beer in New Zealand, and he believes it is the standard to judge all other IPAs against.

“When it came to selecting the Champion from our five [IPA] finalists, what stood out for the judges was the technical excellence of Epic’s Armageddon IPA. It’s now the benchmark for quality in the IPA category.”

Here’s the full list of 2017 New World Beer & Cider Awards Champions and Gold Medal winners

India Pale Ale

Epic Brewing Company (Champion), Epic Armageddon IPA

Three Boys Brewery West Cost Red IPA

McLeod’s Brewery Tropical Cyclone Double IPA 

Emerson’s Brewing Company Bird Dog IPA 

Deep Creek Brewing Company Lupulin Effect Double IPA 

Pale Ale

Bach Brewing (Champion) Driftwood Session Pale Ale 


Hawke’s Bay Brewing Co (Champion) Pure Lager

Lion Mac’s Gold 


ParrotDog Brewing Ltd (Champion) Pandemonium 

Sawmill Brewery Sawmill Pilsner 

Good George Brewing Good George Pilsner 

British-style Ale

Good George Brewing (Champion) Good George Amber Ale

American-style Ale

Deep Creek Brewing Company (Champion) Dusty Gringo India Brown Ale 

European-style Ale

Brouwerij Huyghe (Champion) Delirium Nocturnum, Belgium

Wheat & other grain beer

Bach Brewing (Champion) Witsunday blonde IPA 

Stout, porter and black beer

Sparks Brewing (Champion) Outlander Extra Stout 

Emerson’s Brewing Company London Porter 

Mike’s Chocolate Milk Stout Mike’s Beer 

Speciality beer

De Brabandere (Champion) Petrus Aged Pale, Belgium

Behemoth Brewing Company Triple Chocolate Milk Stout 

The Galbraith Brewing Co. Redemption 2.5% 

Apple & pear cider

Harvest Cidery (Champion) Scrumpy Apple Cider 

Lion Mac’s Cloudy Apple Cider 

Fruit & flavoured Cider

Good George Brewing (Champion) Drop Hop Cider 

Champion and Gold winners will be available in New World stores nationwide from today.

By BeertownNZ Mon, 03 Apr 2017 National