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2016 Beer & Cider Awards Results

Meet the Best in Class winners from this year's New World Beer & Cider Awards - a unique competition celebrating great beer and cider from around New Zealand and overseas. Stock can be limited, so grab the good stuff before it's gone!

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Layers of wood-fired coconut, chocolate and vanilla roll together on a bed of super-sweet malt and had the judges using adjectives such as “intense, unctuous, smooth”. You could enjoy this with a dessert, but it would be equally at home next to braised ribs or a pork shoulder.

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This beer is all about hops – big juicy, fruity hops of the American variety, delivering pillow-fight punches of ripe peaches, mangoes and apricots. A smooth undercurrent of summer sweatiness on a light but creamy malt body, where the purposeful sweetness does all the work of carrying the big hop flavours.

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Introducing our highly commended Gold medal winners. These are only available in selected New World stores and are all fantastic brews. Our advice is if you see them, buy them, try them and discover the amazing diversity within each class!

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Former homebrew champion Adam Sparks stayed true to the ethos of the farmhouse ale and created a masterpiece of fusion. A scent of hay & honey with pineapple and citrus zest. The body is rich and pleasantly spritzy with a tropical fruit character from the distinctive New Zealand hop oils, followed by a dry, tart finish.

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Gentle sweetness up front, broad palate appeal through the middle and a long, dry finish. “Great depth of flavour. Thanks :-)” wrote one judge. A complex yet approachable cider that can be enjoyed with roast pork or spicy duck.

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This has been a benchmark pale ale for a decade and its quality is reflected in the fact it’s now the only two-time trophy winner in the New World awards.

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This is the definition of a New Zealand-style Pilsner – taking a European classic and jamming it full of aromatic Kiwi hops so you get tropical fruit notes instead of spicy and grassy.

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Find a new favourite or see how the beers you love faired here with the full results for the 2016 New World Beer & Cider Awards.

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The promise of a morning mochaccino and hot toast on the nose is fulfilled on the palate. A complex mesh of coffee and chocolate, a homemade plum jam and spiced hop character at the end are seamlessly fitted together.

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Love to share a beer with friends, family or co-workers? Build appreciation with our tips on how to start your own beer tasting club

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A Kiwi craft classic from Richard Emerson’s Dunedin brewery, Bookbinder melds old and new by taking a naturally lower alcohol English ale and weaving in New Zealand hops. Everything about “Bookie” is light and gentle but with a certain intensity – like a cat rubbing against your legs.

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At 5.4% alcohol and packed with flavour, Epic Pale Ale was sessionable before “session” became a buzzword. It’s vibrant, clean, with nice mouth weight, flavours of lychee and rosewater push through a curtain of citrus and pine aromas to dance on a stage of subtle caramel malt.

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The joy of beer and food matching is gaining momentum. Explore new flavours and combinations with our menu suggestions.

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A modern marriage of traditional Belgian wheat beer (wit bier) and new age Kiwi-American aromatic IPAs. Complex? You bet. But does it work? Oh yes.

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All our judges loved this “super sessionable” cider. Baked pear and almonds on the nose with a hint of dusty hay bale, rural funk gives way to an unexpectedly sweet hit on the first sip, which in turn is washed away by a bone dry bitterness.

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Introducing the fascinating world of beer from beer styles, trivia and how it's made; to storing, serving and of course, tasting.

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This delicate 3.5% beer from the famed Italian stable is light on its feet but has a toned muscularity that delivers more weight than you’d expect from its barely-there colour. This is close to perfect when it comes to refined drinkability.

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“Tight structure, subtle combo of hops and malt,” our judges said of this poised re-imagining of a Kiwi favourite, but with a gentler, softer bitterness than the famed Steinlager Classic, thanks to a different hopping regimen.

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An incredible 458 different beers and ciders from 83 breweries were entered into the 2016 New World Beer & Cider Awards and judged by an independent panel of 15 expert judges.