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Pale ale brewed in Wellington wins champion beer award

Press Release – Society Of Beer Advocates
Judges at the Society of Beer Advocates National Homebrew Competition were pleased with the high quality of beers entered. Of the 381 beers entered 108 gained a medal. The champion beer was a New Zealand Pale Ale brewed by Richard Deeble of Wellington, scoring a near perfect 48/50. His beer will be brewed commercially by Hallertau Brewery in the coming months.

Feedback from previous year’s competitions seems to be helping brewers improve their beers.

“The overall quality of this year’s entries was much improved from 2010. Those that achieved a medal can be proud the beers have achieved a high standard,” the head judge, Graeme Mahy, said.

72 different styles of beer were entered and judged by a panel of 12 against the same international standards as many commercial competitions.

Brendan Bransgrove of Dunedin was crowned Champion Brewer. New to homebrewing, Brendan said he was happy to take the title. “It was a bit of a surprise to win since I’ve only been doing home brewing for 6 months!” Brendan received a fermenter from Farra Stainless Steel for his efforts.

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