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A hark back to brewing the way it was 7,000 years ago has seen Moa Brewing Co. take away three awards for its sour beers at the Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne last night.

Moa’s Sour Grapes 2014 Vintage and Cherry Sour 2013 Vintage each scored a silver in the 'Other Belgian/French Style Ale' category to pip offers from Italy to the US and even China. Moa’s Sour Blanc 2012 Vintage was then awarded a bronze in the 'Best Belgian/French Style Ale' section otherwise dominated exclusively by Belgian beers. 

A further six gongs were tallied up across the evening via variants from the brewery’s diverse range, totaling nine awards across the evening.

The AIBA, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), is the largest annual beer competition in the world assessing both packaged and draught beer. 

Sour beers have an intentionally acidic and tart taste to them, made by allowing wild or naturally occurring yeast strains into the brew.  The result is most akin to how beer was brewed naturally some 7,000 years ago.

“We’ve been working on our sour program for six years now, and we’re really pleased at how the beers have developed over the last few years in particular.  With sours being the hot category in the US craft scene right now, it’s fantastic to get some kudos that we’re delivering some world class beers,” says head brewer David Nicholls.

New Zealand brewer’s growing reputation for excellence was highlighted by ParrotDog, Epic, Lion and DB picking up trophies, with ParrotDog also picking up the title of Champion Small International Brewery.

The full Moa medal haul is as follows:

  • Silver - Moa Sour Grapes 2014 Vintage (Other Belgian/French style Ale)
  • Silver - Moa Cherry Sour 2013 (Other Belgian/French style Ale)
  • Silver - Moa Southern Alps White IPA (Best Wheat Beer)
  • Silver - Moa Rum Barrel Quad (Wood Aged - Best Specialty Beer) 
  • Bronze - Moa Original Lager (Best Australian Style Lager)
  • Bronze - Moa South Pacific IPA (Intl. Pale Ale) 
  • Bronze - Moa Festive IPA Red Edition (American Style - Best IPA) 
  • Bronze - Moa Sour Blanc 2012 Vintage (Best Belgian/French style Ale)
  • Bronze - Moa Tripel Sauvignon 2014 Vintage (Other Specialty Beer)

The full list of winners can be found by clicking here.


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 Josephs (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.


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.


New Zealand craft beer brewers have enhanced their international reputation for excellence with another big showing at the Australian International Beer Awards.

Kiwi beers took home a total of 65 awards including six trophies and seven gold medals.

Marlborough craft brewer Moa won with their Special Reserve range and took away six awards including Gold in the Belgian Lambic style with their Moa Sour Blanc. The awards had a record number of entries with 1490 different beers entered from brewers spanning 35 countries.

“New Zealand entries were up 37% at the Aussie awards this year and that just goes to show how strong the local craft brewing industry is. It’s awesome to see so many Kiwi brews doing so well on the international stage,” says Moa executive brewer Josh Scott.

“Four brewers, including Moa, also won awards in the ‘Other Specialty’ category which just demonstrates how creative and unique we are with our approach to flavours and styles here in New Zealand. Our Master Brewer David Nicholls puts a load of passion into what he does and it’s great to have that rewarded with three medals for Special Reserve Moa brews.”

The local brewing industry was also recognised with Brain Watson (Contract Brewing), Doug Donelan (NZ Hops), Luke Nicholas (Epic Beer), Ralph Bungard (Three Boys Brewery), Richard Emerson (Emersons Brewery), Shane Morley (Steam Brewing) all serving as judges.

New Zealand results below.

Full results: click here

*MOA BREWING CO, MARLBOROUGH = 6 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 4 bronze)

  • Gold in Belgian Lambic: Moa Sour Blanc
  • Silver in Abbey Tripel: Moa St Josephs
  • Bronze in Other Specialty: Moa Ten Year Beer
  • Bronze in Wood Aged: Moa Whiskey Pilsner
  • Bronze in Bohemian Style Pilsner: Moa Original
  • Bronze in British Style: Moa Five Hop

*Renaissance Brewing Ltd, Marlborough = 2 trophies and 9 medals (1 gold, 1 silver, 7 bronze)

  • Trophy for Champion Small International Brewery
  • Trophy for Best Scotch Ale/Barley Wine: Tribute 2011 Barley Wine
  • Gold in Barley/Wheat Wine: Tribute 2011 Barley Wine
  • Silver in Scotch Ale: Stonecutter Scotch Ale
  • Bronze in Other Specialty: Renaissance Enlightenment Great Punkin
  • Bronze in Other Specialty: Renaissance Enlightenment White as – wheat IPA
  • Bronze in Barley/Wheat Wine: Tribute 2012
  • Bronze in Other Pale Ale: Renaissance MPA
  • Bronze in British Other: Voyager IPA
  • Bronze in Other Amber Dark Ale: Renaissance Enlightenment Black the RIPA
  • Bronze in Wood Aged (Draught): Oak Aged Stonecutter Scotch Ale

*Lion – The Pride, Auckland = 2 trophies and 9 medals (3 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze)

  • Trophy for Best Australian Style Lager: Mac’s Gold
  • Trophy for Best Pilsner: Mac’s Hop Rocker
  • Gold in Other Pilsner: Mac’s Hop Rocker
  • Gold in Australian Style Lager: Mac’s Gold
  • Gold in Low Carbohydrate Lager: Mac’s Spring Tide
  • Silver in Other Pilsner: Speight’s Triple Hop Pilsner
  • Silver in Belgian Wit: Mac’s Great White
  • Bronze in Other Pilsner: Crafty Beggars Golden Days
  • Bronze in Australian Style Pale Ale: Mac’s Shady Pale
  • Bronze in Other Pale Ale: Crafty Beggars Pale & Interesting
  • Bronze in Other Pale Ale: Speight’s Golden Pale Ale

*Tuatara Brewing Co., Kapiti-Wellington = 1 trophy and 6 medals (1 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze)

  • Trophy for Best Packaging: Pilsner 12 Bottle Carton
  • Gold in Consumer Retail Packaging: Pilsner 12 Bottle Carton
  • Silver in British Style Pale Ale: Tuatara India Pale Ale
  • Silver in Other Pale Ale: Tuatara Aotearoa Pale Ale
  • Silver in Imperial/Double IPA: Tuatara Double Trouble
  • Bronze in Robust Porter: Tuatara Porter
  • Bronze in German Style Hefe: Tuatara Hefe

*8 Wired Brewing, Marlborough = 1 trophy and 6 medals (1 gold, 2 silver, 3 bronze)

  • Trophy for Best IPA: Superconductor
  • Gold in Imperial/Double IPA: Superconductor
  • Silver in Other IPA: Hopwired
  • Silver in American Style Red: Tall Poppy
  • Bronze in Imperial Stout: iStout
  • Bronze in Other Belgian & French Ale: Saison Sauvin
  • Bronze in Smoked: The Big Smoke

*Three Boys Brewery, Christchurch = 4 medals (4 bronze)

  • Bronze in British Style Pale Ale: Three Boys IPA
  • Bronze in Robust Porter: Three Boys Porter
  • Bronze in Dry Stout: Three Boys Oyster Stout
  • Bronze in Belgian Wit: Three Boys Wheat

*McCashins Brewery, Nelson = 3 medals (2 silver, 1 bronze)

  • Silver in Other British Style Ale: Stoke Bomber Bohemian Ale
  • Silver in Other Amber Dark Ale: Stoke Dark
  • Bronze in Other European Lager: Stoke Bomber Smokey Ale

*Harringtons Brewery, Christchurch = 3 medals (1 silver, 2 bronze)

  • Silver in American Style Amber Lager: 2011 Dark
  • Bronze in English Style Dark Mild: Pig&Whistle
  • Bronze in Baltic Style Porter: Baltic-ler

*Epic Brewing Company, Auckland = 2 medals (1 silver, 1 bronze)

  • Silver in American Style: Epic Armageddon IPA
  • Bronze in Other Specialty: Epicurean Coffee & Fig Stout

*Croucher Brewing Ltd, Rotorua = 2 medals (2 bronze)

  • Bronze in Other Pilsner: Croucher Brewing Pilsner
  • Bronze in Other Amber Dark Ale: Croucher Brewing Patriot

*ParrotDog Brewing Ltd, Wellington = 2 medals (2 bronze)

  • Bronze in English Style Dark Mild: Dogg
  • Bronze in Herb & Spice: Day of the Dead

*Garage Project, Wellington = 2 medals (2 bronze)

  • Bronze in Wood Aged Porter: Lord Cockswain’s Courage: Double-Barrel Edition
  • Bronze in Other Specialty: Dark Arts

*Dale’s Brewing Co Ltd, Nelson

  • Silver in American Style Red: Dale’s American Amber Ale

*Deep Creek Brewing, Auckland

  • Bronze in Other Amber Dark Ale: The Dusty Gringo

*DB Breweries, Auckland

  • Bronze in Wood Aged Porter: Montheiths Barrel Aged Porter

*Golden Bear Brewing Ltd, Nelson

  • Bronze in Robust Porter (Draught): Blackbeard Pirate Porter

*Invercargill Brewery, Southland

  • Bronze in Wood Aged Stout: Pitch Black Imperial