The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

Lion named Champion NZ Brewery


Lion has just been named champion New Zealand Brewery at the 2015 Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards, held at a gala dinner at SkyCity in Auckland. A hugely significant award, the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards is the biggest and most prestigious beer awards held in New Zealand.

Rory Glass, Managing Director of Lion, says: “To be named champion New Zealand Brewery is a massive honour. We couldn’t be prouder that our brewers have been recognised with the top award in such a competitive environment with such great New Zealand beer around. We’d like to send our sincere thanks to the Guild and also a big congratulations to the other New Zealand breweries who won major awards last night.

In total, Lion beers won 28 medals across 10 categories, including Gold in the International Lager and Flavoured Cider categories for Beck’s and Isaac’s Berry Cider respectively.

The 2015 Awards featured a record–breaking 858 entries with a total of 59 Gold Medals, 159 Silver and 243 Bronze awarded.

This year featured a record 858 entries (up from 670 last year). Judging was again held in Christchurch with 25 judges and 5 trainee judges assembling for three days to assess each beer on its merits.