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Perhaps the toughest question a beer writer can be asked is “So, what’s the best beer then?” This is the equivalent of demanding Lindsay Perigo identify his favorite sentence written by Ann Rand. The answer in both cases will usually depend on the context. At the recent New Zealand International Beer Awards a panel of distinguished judges focused their laser-like palates on 199 domestic to find the best beer entered. They finally crowned one beer as Supreme Champion – EPIC Pale Ale from Auckland’s Epic Brewing Company. EPIC Pale Ale (5.4%) is a burnished golden beer which throws a punchy...

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It’s a rare beer that can take out a supreme award before it’s even been released. But such achievements are par for the course for Steam Brewing Company, the multi-award-winning enterprise that started out with one small local pub and grew. Steam’s Epic Pale Ale, the company’s first bottled beer, was named Supreme Champion Beer at the New Zealand International Beer Awards in April. It’s not the first such win for Steam, which is now the only brewery in the country which has won the supreme award three times. In line with its latest winner, and its epic intentions, the...

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Path to Market - Food & Beverage, Australia 2006 Congratulations on your successful entry into New Zealand Trade and Enterprises’ (NZTE) Path to Market program. This pilot program aims to provide you with the necessary tools and experience to assist your business development plans in Australia. We are very excited to have you on board for what we believe will be a very useful, informative and beneficial experience for all involved. BACKGROUND: The Path to Market (Food and Beverage Australia 2006) program supports companies to fast track their market entry strategy for Australia. The program will be particularly valuable to...

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Epic Pale Ale has a small review in Brass Magazine Issue #24 (July/August 2006) ==================================== Epic Ale You gotta try this beer as it really is 'Epic'. At the recent New Zealand International Beer Awards Epic beat 198 other entries to take out the title of Supreme Champion Beer. Epic Pale Ale from the Epic Brewing Company - the Brewery are of the hugely successful Cock & Bull Group is definitely a 'winner', and when you try it you'll go 'WOW'. This beer is 5.4%alc/vol, has a big aroma and delivers on taste. Just suck it back, or for those...

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Judges at the New Zealand International Beer Awards held in Nelson in April, were full of praise for the standard of beer on show, and in particular the high quality of New Zealand entries. Overseas judge, Matilda Bay’s Brad Rogers from Australia, and chief judge, Geoff Griggs, both commented on how high brewing standards in this country are if this competition is a measure. While only five gold medals were awarded from a total of 196 entries, there were very few poor quality beers, and judges grill spoke with were unable to remember any. “The standard was higher than ever,”...

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