Yvette Corlett (nee Williams) long jumped to Olympic gold there back in 1952 and now Marlborough brewer Moa has leaped to glory with its Methode Pilsner.

No actual jumping or Olympic medals were involved for the Moa Methode Pilsner. But it did hit the tape in front of 65 rival beers to win gold in its category at the Helsinki Beer Awards during the weekend.

“We’re pretty happy with our Methode. She prepared well and even though she was 17,000 km from home, she still dominated against a pretty big field,” says Moa founder and executive brewer Josh Scott.

Moa Methode Pilsner won the “Pale Lager Does Not Exceed 6%” category. Finnish brews Rooster Beer Cellar from Laitilan Beverages and Kaiser Lager from Nokia’s Brewery took second and third places respectively.

The Helsinki Beer Festival drew more than 300 different beers from around the world and Moa showcased its Pale Ale, Methode, NoirImperial Stout and Breakfast varieties.

It’s not the first gold for Moa Methode, which scooped the Asia Beer Awards in 2011 and received bronze then silver medals in subsequent Australian International Beer Awards. The award becomes the 40th medal for the Moa Brewing Company as it heads into its 10th year of business.