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Epic releases new beer to celebrate brewer’s 20-year milestone

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Epic Brewing has released a new beer to mark the 20th anniversary of brewer Luke Nicholas’ first day as a brewer.

St Luke Milestone Ale, named in honour of the Patron Saint of Brewers, pays tribute to three multi-award winning beers that have defined Nicholas’ career and helped revolutionise the industry in New Zealand – Monk’s Habit, Epic Pale Ale and Epic Armageddon IPA.

“To celebrate those two decades, I’ve created a beer that takes my favourite parts of Monk’s Habit, Epic Pale and Epic Armageddon to make this one special batch,” says Nicholas.

“I really enjoy the malt character from Monk’s Habit and I love the Cascade hops in Epic Pale Ale – I’ve used more Cascade than anyone in this country – and then I’ve brought in a couple of secret hops from Armageddon that really make that beer special.”

In his 20 years in the brewing industry, Nicholas has picked up approximately 30 Best in Class trophies. He has also been named New Zealand Brewer of the Year and was bestowed honorary membership by the Brewer’s Guild of New Zealand for his outstanding service to the industry.

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About St Luke Milestone Ale:
Style: IPA
ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 55
Hops: US Cascade, Columbus & Mosaic
Malts: UK Pale Ale & Crystal
Serving: Keg & 500ml bottles