The limited release chocolate porter went down a treat with tasters at the multi-day event in mid-March, with the judges encouraging would-be drinkers to “forget any notions you might have of dark beers being too heavy or charry-bitter; this is elegant, feather-light and smooth — and a wonderful chocolate delivery mechanism”.
Norty Porter, alongside the combination of five speciality malts, benefits from the addition of cacao nibs to bring a luscious chocolate aromatic and flavour – the judges dubbing it ‘the liquid form of a chocolate mousse’.
Norty Porter joins the 29 other award-winners on shelves at all New World stores nationwide, as part of a month-long campaign celebrating the best in New Zealand beer and cider.
Sprig + Fern Brewing Co. have also opted to add it back on tap at all Sprig + Fern Taverns in Nelson, Tasman, Wellington and Christchurch, and Little Sprig in Wellington, ensuring all who are tempted to give it a taste can do so.
The Nelson-based brewery was also delighted to receive Highly Commended awards for their Best Bitter and The G.O.A.T Doppelbock – with the latter further cementing it’s status as Sprig + Fern’s most decorated beer.