Smith’s Craft Beer House in Queenstown plays host to the NZ IPA Challenge. Alongside Malthouse’s WCIPA Challenge, the NZIPA trophy is one that all NZ brewers would love on their mantlepiece and this year it was Good George Brewing who took home the prize. It was a close fought affair coming down to the narrowest of margins which speaks volumes for quality of beers currently being produced in NZ. I dropped into Good George’s Frankton brew bar soon after they had cracked the keg and eagerly wrapped my hand around a glass of their winning entry. Boy oh boy this beer throws out some big dank aromas … I liken it to a beer brewed with fresh NZ hops. It’s my personal opinion that IPA’s should showcase hops and this is exactly what brewer Paul Bergamini has been able to achieve. Pungent, grassy hop notes dominate your senses with some crisp, clean citrus zest! The mouthfeel velvety smooth and surprisingly light for its 6.9% ABV. My final note on this year’s winning entry is that it brings some bitterness and (thankfully) NZ brewers are starting to return to bitter IPAs. This beer presents a balanced background bitterness throughout the drinking experience that never overwhelms or fizzles out from start to finish. It was a real highlight again showcasing how bloody amazing New Zealand hops are! Congratulations to Brian Watson, Paul and the team at Good George – very deserving winners of this year’s challenge.
About The Author
Mark Gower ‘aka Crafty Mark’ had his passion for beer ignited with selection to the New World Beer and Cider Awards as an associate judge in 2016. Keen to share the knowledge gained at the judging table, Mark started a weekly video blog which featured on the New World Facebook page. The blogs set out to dispel some of the myths around craft beer and bring new drinkers to the category. Being selected to judge at the prestigious Malthouse WCIPA challenge in 2019 stands out as one of his favourite moments so far…it also happens to be one of his favourite styles when enjoying a cold beer with friends. Mark hopes to start brewing his own beer soon using a recently purchased 50L brew house…watch this space!
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