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Top brew . . . Brew Moon brewery, Amberley, has taken out four bronze medals in the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

By Robyn Bristow

Brew Moon, an iconic North Canterbury brewery which recently relocated from the outskirts of Amberley to Markham Street, has won four medals in the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards.

The small family-owned brewery was up against 940 beers across a range of varieties, with the growth in the craft beer market making the awards highly competitive.

Brew Moon received Bronze medals for its Hophead IPA, Dark Side of the Moon Stout, Ol Mol Spiced Ale and Other Side of the Moon Sour.

“It’s great to see awards for our beers across a range of styles,” says brewer Toby McCauley.

“Stout is a well-known, traditional style of beer, whereas sour beers are a relatively new style, gaining in popularity internationally. The Hophead is our biggest selling beer, so it was pleasing to see that one get a gong as well.”

The Ol Mol is a full-bodied beer based on the famous Mexican dish Mol. Cocoa, chillies and other spices are added to the beer to produce a zing that resembles the spiciness of the classic dish.

It’s also the favourite of Toby’s mother Belinda Gould. Belinda an original brewer at Brew Moon which was established in 2002.

Last year they moved the Tap Room to new premises on Markham Street in Amberley, where they serve wood fired pizzas alongside their beers from Wednesday to Sunday each week.