The first GABS Hottest 100 Kiwi Craft Beers has been announced!
Following on from a successful GABS Beer, Cider & Food Fest in Auckland last year, our team launched a 100% New Zealand edition of our popular GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers poll.
And excitingly, the Kiwi craft beer community responded with gusto, with breweries registering more than 550 individual beers to vote for, and fans turning out in droves to nominate their five faves of 2016. In fact, we got more votes than we received in the first four years of the Aussie poll.
Well played, New Zealand. Well played.
Taking the inaugural title of GABS Hottest Kiwi Craft Beer is ‘Supercharger’, the American Pale Ale from Panhead Custom Ales in Auckland. Having also recently been named ‘Beer of the Year’ by the Society of Beer Advocates (SOBA), it’s a fantastic recognition to now also win the people’s choice.
In second place was Auckland-based Epic Brewing with their Double IPA ‘Hop Zombie’. And rounding out the podium was ‘Pernicious Weed’, just the first of an incredible 19 beers from Garage Project in the full Hottest 100 list, including a remarkable five in the top ten alone.
For the full Hottest 100 results, see below. And if you’re that way inclined (we know we are), here is the Official Poster to pin up on your wall.
An impressive 18 new beers (brewed for the first time in 2016) made the list, including three from Behemoth: the ‘Triple Chocolate Milk Stout’, the ‘Tropical Mo Fo’ Fruit Beer, and ‘Dump the Trump’ American IPA.
We were also thrilled to see six GABS Festival Beers make the list. These are beers that were brewed especially for first release at GABS, and included the first ever People’s Choice Best Festival Beer of GABS (in 2012), Yeastie Boys’ ‘Gunnamatta’ and ‘Jungle Boogie’ Soured Fruit Beer from Funk Estate (GABS 2016).
Photo by Jono Galuszka & Richard Rountree.