Craft beer heads to Antarctica…where it’s summer

on 11/01/11 at 3:45 pm

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The men of Moa Brewery Photo: Scott Hammond

The team at Moa Brewery reckon a cold beer will be just as satisfying in the freezing Antarctic as it is on a hot summer day.

Their beer will get the ultimate test this year when 2000 bottles leave on a ship today for Antarctica, destined for New Zealand’s Scott Base.

Organisers of the shipment say it will be the first craft beer to hit the fridges in the base bar, called The Tatty Flag, which sells mass-produced beer including Tui, Speight’s and Heineken.

Moa brand ambassador and founder Josh Scott said he and national sales manager were on a South Island sales trip when they met the supplier for the base bar, who told them the Scott Base crew drank 30,000 cans of beer a year.

“We thought if we could nail a contract like that it’s a good commercial market for us,” Mr Scott said.

His bid was successful and Moa is sending three types beer, including Moa Noir – a dark brew designed for the winter.

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