Fourth month old North Coast brewery, Murray's Craft Brewing Co., has won two medals at the world's toughest-judged beer awards. The Taylors Arm-based brewery has walked away with two silver medals at the 2006 New Zealand International Beer Awards for its Nirvana Pale Ale and Icon 2IPA (Imperial India Pale Ale) beers.
Submitting its two popular Pale Ales at its first beer awards, Murray's Craft Brewing Co. not only had a 100% success rate, but was the youngest beer company to enter and win at the awards. "We're absolutely ecstatic," says Head Brewer, Graeme Mahy.
"To date we have only made five beers - and to have a two-out-of-two win for these is fantastic. It certainly vidicates our decision to submit the Pale Ales styles. We were competing against some of the world's largest and best craft breweries, so to think that a microbrewery located in a small Aussie town has received such a prestigious international accolade is mind-blowing."
Murray's Craft Brewing Co. competed against breweries - large and small - from the US, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Seven judges from the US, New Zealand and Australia blind-judged the beers, evaluating them on fidelity to style, brewing excellence and overall product quality. This year there were around 200 entries, with just 5 gold, 12 silver and 30 bronze medals awarded.
Owner, Murray Howe, said the awards were a strong endorsement that his company was on track to achieve its vision of creating Australia's leading craft brewing businesses. "It's official. We're building a reputation for world-class ales locally, and now internationally. It's extremely satisfying to have our craftsmanship recognised through these awards. Our patrons and now beer judges appreciate our full flavoured, big aroma, and somewhat unconventional beers."