Brewing up awards for Taranaki beer

Two sets of judges have been left beery happy with the hoppy delights coming from a Taranaki brewery.

Taranaki’s Three Sisters Brewery has been awarded a gold medal at the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) and a highly commended in the 2019 New World Beer and Cider Awards.

The brewers earned a gold medal at AIBA for Katao Kolsch, a weiss kolsch made with Taranaki’s very own Katao Spring Water from the foothills of the Kaitake Ranges.

This gold medal was quickly followed by another accolade – their american pale ale Rain in the Face took out highly commended New World Beer and Cider Awards.

Joseph Emans, left and Rowan Oldfield from Katao Spring Water.
Image credits: Andrea Bozzi  Likuid Media

Husband and wife team Joseph Emans and Sarah Markert-Emans established the brewery in the garage of their Oakura home two years ago and Emans said they were delighted with the awards.

“We’re really stoked,” he said.

“The AIBA is a really tough competition and this year they had 2400 entries from some of the best breweries in the world. 

“So to get a gold for our Katao Kolsch is just a fabulous outcome.

“The New World award is equally pleasing, especially as their focus was on drinkability for their customers. Rain in the Face is our most popular beer so it’s great to see it continually doing well.”

Emans said the brewery’s latest creation was a collaboration with the Taranaki event Feast Festival.

“We’ve brewed a New Zealand hopped extra pale ale, which will be available through June with great artwork from Greg Straight. 

“Then we’re looking ahead to the Auckland Food Show in July with Venture Taranaki. We’ll also be continuing our street art series of beers with local artist label collaborations.”