Auckland’s Liberty Brewing has collected two Wellington accolades in two weeks.
On 22 July, the eighth Wellington Winter Ales Festival was another good-humoured craft beer party, held again in the Hunter Lounge. Nearly 700 people attended the sold-out event, staying out of a Wellington southerly and enjoying 49 different winter beers from New Zealand and overseas.
The votes for the Winter Ales Festival Peoples’ Choice Awards are in…
- The winner, by a large margin, is Liberty Prohibition Bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Porter (10.5%).
- Second equal is Wild & Woolly’s last ever brew Leningrad Llama sour; and JuiceHead Caramel Busket salted caramel, rum oak-aged Belgian dubbel.
- Third place goes to Spike Hazelnut Chocolate Imperial porter.
Liberty made a double header of it last week, beating 26 other breweries to win the West Coast IPA Challenge Golden Gumboots with The Kush IPA (7.3%) – named after its comfy malt cushion. Epic’s Hysteria IPA was the People’s Choice, IPAs were winners on the day, and hangovers were the winners on Saturday morning (and into the afternoon).
Beertown.NZ wishes to publicly thank Wellington Winter Ales organisers Jane Street and Jay Taylor for snatching the event from the jaws of complacency. Thanks too to the team of volunteers, and to everyone who attended in the spirit of one of the Craft Beer Capital’s best beer events. The event was also a financial success, raising a surplus to be donated to food collectors Kaibosh. Plans are already underway to continue the Winter Ales Festival tradition next year.
And special congratulations to Liberty Brewing – Making the beers the beer lovers love to love!©