Sunshine, based in Gisborne, have been around for more than 30 years and were part of the avant-garde Wellington beer scene in the 1990s thanks to their much-adored Gisborne Gold. Now the brewery is being reinvented. Original owner-brewer Geoff Logan passed away a couple of years ago – just after the brewery was sold – but he would be impressed with the new owners, new head brewer and new site, closer to the beach. This beer is Gisborne in a glass. Bright and sunny and bursting with tropical fruit. The judges loved the “bouquet of hops” and the easy-drinking style.
Light and bright beer will handle most comfort and fast foods, from cheese platters to curries to burgers. Finds its own with a classic ham and cheese pizza.