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Christchurch brewery’s APA named best in the world

Christchurch’s brewery Cassels Brewing Company has been named in the World Beer Awards for the third consecutive year.

The family-owned brewery’s American Pale Ale (APA) took out the title of the world’s best for 2021 in the UK’s World Beer Awards.

The Pale American-style Pale Ale beer category is one of the most-entered at the World Beer Awards.

More than 3,000 beers from 52 countries entered the awards across a number of categories, with a line-up of more than 90 international judges tasting the entries.

Judges included Lotte Peplow, the European ambassador for the Brewers Association’s American Craft Beer; beer sommeliers and drinks writers such as Glynn Davis, editor of Beer Insider, and Frances Brace, Director of the British Guild of Beer Writers; and writer and broadcaster Pete Brown.

Cassels owner Alasdair Cassels​ told The Press: “It’s unbelievable really. The way we make beer and the team’s love for making beer is what takes the credit.”

The APA was also named in the 2021 New World Beer & Cider Awards Top 30.

Cassels began bottling beer in 2011 and the Head Brewer, Simon Bretherton​​, is a British expat who has been making beer around the world for decades.

Cassels currently exports to the UK, the US and China – the three biggest beer markets in the world.

For a full list of 2021 World Beer Awards winners, click here.

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