L - R: Gareth Hughes (Moa General Manager), Te Radar (MC), David Nicholls (Moa Head Brewer)

L - R: Gareth Hughes (Moa General Manager), Te Radar (MC), David Nicholls (Moa Head Brewer)

Moa enjoyed its best ever showing at this year’s annual Brewers’ Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards, picking up a total of 12 awards, including the trophy for the best ‘Cask Conditioned’ beer with Moa Five Hop (Handpull).

Now in its eighth year, the 'Brew NZ Awards' is a truly international competition, with entries from throughout New Zealand and the rest of the world.  All beer entries are rated against a style guide for each category for its aroma, colour, bitterness, flavour and presentation.  A beer’s overall balance of characteristics was judged by a panel comprising 25 national and internationally qualified judges. 

 A total of 61 gold, 121 silver and 169 bronze medals were awarded this year.  Moa’s haul consisted of:

  • Trophy - Moa Five Hop (Handpull)

  • Gold - Moa Five Hop (Handpull)

  • Gold - Moa Tripel Savvy 2014

  • Gold - Moa Mulled Spiced Ale

  • Silver - Moa Original

  • Silver - Moa Southern Alps

  • Silver - Moa Five Hop

  • Silver - Moa Cherry Sour 2012

  • Silver -  Moa Apple Cider

  • Bronze - Moa Session Pale Ale

  • Bronze - Moa Sour Blanc 2012

  • Bronze - Moa Kiwifruit Cider


Last week Moa picked up a total of 5 medals at the prestigious Australian International Beer Awards (“AIBA”), the largest competition of its kind in the Asia Pacific region.  Moa was also named as a top three finalist for the title of ‘Champion Medium International Brewery’, narrowly missing out on the honour to Bavaria’s Heller-Bräu Trum KG brewery.

The Moa medal haul consisted of:

  • Moa Original (Lager) – Bronze
  • Moa Methode (Pilsner) – Bronze
  •  Moa Imperial Stout (French Oak Aged Stout Ale) – Bronze
  • Moa The Yardstick (Triple Dry Hopped Imperial Pilsner) – Bronze
  • 99 Not Out SKW Pale Ale (for packaging) – Bronze

This year the AIBA received a record 1,560 entries from more than 294 brewers in 31 countries and a total of 25 Champion and Major Trophies were presented.

Congratulations to Head Brewer David Nicholls and his team on another outstanding showing.


Moa Brewing Company struck Irish gold with the biggest medal haul of any brewery worldwide at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup held over the weekend.  Moa picked up a total of seven medals – one gold, four silvers and two bronze – to beat over 80 other breweries from around the world.  The timing could not have been any better with Moa’s first shipment to Ireland only weeks away from hitting the water.

“It’s great to see our beers continue to feature at the sharp end of beer competitions all over the world, especially given the likes of Anchor Brewing Company, Oskar Blues Brewing, Flying Dog, Left Hand and other highly regarded American breweries entered beers into these awards”, says Moa Head Brewer, David Nicholls.

“We’re also chuffed to have some other New Zealand breweries sharing in the spoils with Schippers Brewing Company picking up three silvers and a bronze, Invercargill Brewery a bronze, and our good friends down the road, Renaissance, also picking up a silver”, added Moa Founder, Josh Scott.

Danish brewery Coisbo claimed the highly coveted trophy for best beer with their Russian Imperial Stout.

The Moa medal haul includes:


  • Moa Noir (Lager – Styles of European/German Origin)


  • Moa Pale Ale (Ale – New World Style Ale)
  • Moa St Jospehs (Ale – Styles of Belgian and French Origin)
  • Moa Southern Alps (Ale Other)
  • Moa Royal (Ale – Other)


  • Moa Five Hop (Ale – Styles of British Origin)
  • Imperial Stout (Other)

The full list of awards can be found here.


Legendary Australian cricketer, Shane Warne, has embarked on an exclusive collaboration in the development of a new Pale Ale with the Moa Brewing Company (“Moa”).

This new partnership marks Warne’s first foray into the craft beer market, and is the result of a dedicated and intensive hands on period of exploration and development with Moa.

Sporting a bold and striking label, the name – 99 Not Out SKW Pale Ale (“99 Not Out”) – is a play on the infamous innings of Warne when Australia played New Zealand back in Perth in 2001.


Caught out on 99 by Mark Richardson at deep mid-wicket while going for a slog sweep off the bowling of Daniel Vettori, the result robbed Warne of achieving his maiden Test century. Unfortunately for Warne, the umpire had not picked up Vettori’s ‘no ball’ for over stepping in an era before the advent of high performance cameras and the umpire decision review system. Unaware of the injustice at the time of the dismissal, Warne still carries the scars of coming so close only to be denied in the cruellest of circumstances in the form of an unwanted record – most Test runs without a Test century.

“The story makes the Warne legend even stronger, and when the collaborative opportunity was first discussed 99 Not Out was a naming opportunity too good to refuse, especially given the great on-field rivalry between Australia and New Zealand”, said Josh Scott, the Founder of Moa.

“99 Not Out is a sessionable ‘new world’ style Pale Ale of 5% alcohol. Hopped with New Zealand Kohatu and Cascade hops, it displays spicy / earthy hop notes, a strong malt backbone, and a nicely balanced bitterness.”

“We’re really proud of the end product. Fundamentally, it’s a great craft beer, bottle fermented and conditioned in the Moa style, and to Shane’s credit he wasn’t shy about his opinion on the style and what he wanted.  He worked closely with our Master Brewer David Nicholls to create a quality beer that was crisp, dry and elegantly savoury. The objective was to create the perfect beer for summer and we believe we’ve created something special”, added Scott.

“To create your own beer and to be able to make it up exactly how you like it is pretty exciting. It’s really important that you have something that you believe in. I believe in this. This is fantastic, and I’m hoping everyone else will like it too”, said Warne.

99 Not Out will be available in a classic 330ml bottle (boxed sets of four available) around Australia in leading off- premise (retail) outlets Dan Murphy’s from mid/late December, followed by BWS in January 2014. In addition, selected ALH Group on-premise venues (bars, clubs and pubs) such as Archer Hotelin North Adelaide, Stones Corner Hotel in Queensland and Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel in Sydney will start pouring 99 Not Out from 4 December 2013.


Last week Tui Breweries put up a bunch of ‘Yeah Right’ billboards around the place saying “My shout, I’ve got Moa shares”. It’s probably fair enough as we tell our shareholders we’d nearly quadruple in size over 2 years and now we’re only expecting to almost triple. But it seemed odd that Tui would put up billboards knocking another beer, using accounting as their weapon.

Surely beer fights between beer companies should be settled over a beer, using beer.

So we thought Tui might want to challenge us to a ‘beer-off’. We’d get all our Moa beers, they’d get all their Tui beers, and someone impartial could decide which ones tasted the best.

We thought we could get Gordon Ramsay to do it, but he’s a Moa beer fan already so that probably wasn’t very fair. Then we thought about getting Ian Botham and Shane Warne, and they said they would be up for it, but they’re also Moa beer fans as well, so again not really that impartial.

In the end we decided to sort out who the judges would be later on, and just ask whoever owns Tui when would be a good time to do it.

The weird thing is, no one knows exactly who that is.

We phoned the Tui Brewery in Mangatainoka and they told us we had to talk to DB Breweries up in Auckland, where most of the Tui is made. So we did that, but whoever answered the phone put us through to their Monteiths department by accident.

Then we tried to talk to the CEO of DB Breweries, that new guy from Britain that supports the English Rugby team, and kept getting the run-around. Not that it mattered anyway as we then found out that DB doesn’t even own DB! It turns out it’s actually owned by a company up in Singapore run by some guy called Samson Wong.

So we phoned Mr Wong at Asia Pacific Breweries in Singapore, only to find out that Asia Pacific Breweries doesn’t belong to Asia Pacific Breweries either, but to Heineken in Holland. So finally we rang Amsterdam to try and talk to the owner of Tui Breweries, and the receptionist said she’d never heard of it and we probably had the wrong number.

I’m not making this up.

All we wanted to do was have a beer-off, but it was getting pretty hard to figure out who we were actually having a beer-off with. It felt like Tui was part of some global beer ponzi scheme.

So if anyone out there knows how to get in touch with whoever actually owns Tui, let me know by sending an email to josh@moabeer.co.nz

It would be good to get the beer-off underway before someone buys Heineken and we have to start all over again.


Josh Scott


Everyone loves a surprise when you’re celebrating your birthday.  And for Kiwi craft brewer Moa, the anniversary has been feted with more international honours for the mantelpiece.

For the third year running, Moa has hauled in the most awards of any New Zealand brewery at the fourth annual Asia Beerfest in Singapore. And the icing on the cake?  The medals were handed out on June 13, the same day the Marlborough brewery celebrated its 10th anniversary but made official today.

The big award went to the Marlborough brewer’s Moa St Josephs beer which, in addition to picking up a Gold, was also judged Best Australasian beer.  Moa St Josephs is a classic, very approachable and drinkable Belgian Tripel.


Altogether Moa picked up three Golds, one Silver, one Bronze and a Trophy in a field of more than 600 beers contesting the 2013 awards.  All entries are blind tasted by a panel of international judges.

Moa won Gold for its Moa St Josephs, Moa Noir and Weka Apple Cider in the Australasian Cider category. Weka also nabbed a Silver in the International Cider Category while Moa Pale Ale was awarded a Bronze medal.

“Asia Beerfest is becoming more and more competitive every year so to maintain our record there and bring home so many medals is fantastic and reinforces the outstanding quality of beers coming out of our brewery. It also proves again how well our beers travel, Singapore being on the equator there is no harder market to maintain beer quality”, says Moa general manager Gareth Hughes.

“The fact is entry numbers have almost doubled to more than 600 in only two years so it’s a big pat on the back to the team.”

Moa Head Brewer David Nicholls says he’s particularly rapt that Moa Noir has been recognised.

“I’m really chuffed we picked up the gong for Moa St Josephs, but Moa Noir is a bloody good beer and most people do not understand the style. Dark lagers are the poor cousins to golden-pale lagers, yet the dark beers have richer, more complex flavours.”

Moa founder Josh Scott says product quality is everything.  “We never take lightly just how important the quality of our product is to the success of the business. And it is great to see the quality of our beers recognized yet again on the international stage.”

Moa Noir is a traditionally brewed, bottle conditioned European-style dark lager with an abundance of distinct aromas and flavours.

Weka cider is made from Nelson-grown apples. Fermented with French Oak at cool temperatures to preserve the fruit flavours and crispness on the palate, Weka Apple Cider has a typical green apple aroma and the clean refreshing taste is finished nicely with medium sweetness.

The Asia Beerfest this year was a bit of a prize-fest for Kiwi breweries, Hughes says with McCashins Brewery picking up Gold medals for their Stoke Lager, Stoke Pilsner and Bohemian Ale, and two Bronze medals for their 2 Stoke and Rochdale Apple Cider, and Tuatara picked up a Bronze for their Tuatara Pilsner.

Since 2011 Moa has won 17 Gold, 17 Silver and 27 Bronze medals in international and national beer festivals.