Sprig + Fern Brewing Co. is reeling from a series of major wins at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards, held in Ōtautahi Christchurch at the weekend.
Lock Bock & Barrel, a limited release traditional bock, won the trophy and sole gold medal for the Best Amber/Dark Lager category – alongside an additional fifteen medals from a range of categories, including Best British Ale, Best Specialty & Experimental, and more.
Tracy Banner, Owner + Master Brewer at Sprig + Fern Brewing Co., accepted the trophy, saying:
“This is something we do well, our dark beers… These guys [the brewing team] are just awesome. Thanks ever so much. We’re thrilled to bits!”
Eight of the award-winning beers are part of Sprig + Fern’s core range of beers, and are available year-round at the fourteen Sprig + Fern and Little Sprig Taverns in Nelson, Tasman, Wellington and Christchurch. The remainder, all current or previous limited release brews, are available in limited quantities either online or in select stores nationwide.
The full list of Sprig + Fern’s award-winning beers:
Amber / Dark Lager
BEST IN CLASS – Lock Bock & Barrel
GOLD – Lock Bock & Barrel
BRONZE – Jumpscare Schwarzbier, The G.O.A.T Doppelbock
Amber / Dark Ale
BRONZE – Sailor’s Warning Red IPA
International Pale Ale
BRONZE – Nectaron® Pale Ale
India Pale Ale
BRONZE – Dogtown West Coast IPA
Stout and Porter
SILVER – Grizzly Porter
Fruit and Flavoured
SILVER – Norty Porter
Specialty and Experimental
SILVER – Tasman Reserve