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NZ Beer & Brewer of the Year 2012

Luke Nicholas of Epic Brewing Company has just been announced as Brewer of the Year (NZ) at the Beer & Brewer Awards 2012. His beer Armageddon IPA has also just been named as Best Beer (NZ) at the Beer & Brewer Magazine Awards in Sydney.

The awards were held last week during the 2nd Annual Sydney Craft Beer Week.  Nicholas was in attendance for the week doing a series of tastings and beer dinners.

When asked what he thought about winning, Nicholas says “You never think about awards like this because you are just focused on brewing great beer, and people buying and enjoying the beer is satisfaction enough. This award was a surprise, but it is nice to get the recognition, for a lot of hard work.”

Nicholas isn’t new to these types of accolades with him being the only brewer in NZ to have his beer be awarded Supreme Champion Beer of New Zealand three times -1999, 2001, 2006.  The only brewer in NZ to have won multiple times.

His reputation has also been recognised internationally by being the first New Zealand brewer to be invited and brew a batch of his Pale Ale in the UK, for the JD Wetherspoons International Real Ale Festival in 2009. Nicholas was also the first New Zealander to be invited to be a judge at the World Beer Cup in 2006, and has judged every event since.

Asked what his winning formula is, he said “using the best ingredients I can find from around the planet, without compromising on cost & making great beer, that firstly, I want to drink”.  

This award just reinforces the quality and success that Mr Nicholas strives for in the brewery with his beers.

With many people these days looking for a reason to try craft beer, this now gives craft beer drinkers the best reason to buy an Epic Beer!

For full results from the Beer & Brewer Awards 2012

Armageddon has previously won at the NZ Beer Awards
Champion IPA - 2011
Champion Barrel Aged IPA - 2010
Champion IPA - 2009

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Good article and congrats on the win.

Just a heads up that that small pic at the top of the story is a whopping 5MB - you should easily be able to get it down to 50-100KB (1/100th of the size) without any apparent loss of quality by resampling it in a grapics app like Photoshop or even Windows Paint.

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Great to hear this New Zealand Beer & Brewer of 2012, sometime I feel great by drinks.

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