Sunshine strikes black gold with Czar Bomb

Beer invented for Russian monarchs now turning heads internationally for local brewery.

Beer invented for Russian monarchs now turning heads internationally for local brewery.

BOMBER: Sunshine Brewery's Czar Bomb is now turning heads internationally, and it may be down to the 'secret ingredient', which no one at Sunshine is giving away. Picture supplied

SUNSHINE Brewery has struck black gold at the Australian International Beer Awards for the second year.

Its Czar Bomb has once again been awarded a gold medal in the Russian imperial stout category. Its success last year was the first international award for the Gisborne brewery.

This year they added a silver medal for their Black Magic stout, and two bronzes for the Electron and Tom Thumb IPAs (Indian Pale Ales).

“It feels pretty good to get this international recognition,” said head brewer Chris Scott, who came up with the gold-medal-winning drop.

The AIBA is the largest annual beer competition in the world, judging both draught and packaged beer.

This year it attracted a record number of entrants, with 1890 beers entered across the various categories.

Mr Scott, who has been brewing commercially for about five years and another five years home brewing before that, said there is no special story behind coming up with the Czar Bomb, but there is a special ingredient.

“The boss wanted a Russian imperial stout on tap, so I just figured one out. There's a special ingredient but I'm not going to give that away.”

Sunshine Brewery has a history of producing award-winning dark beers, including the Black Magic stout which won multiple New Zealand awards.

Russian imperial stout was originally brewed by the British for shipment in casks to the reigning monarchs of Russia and had to be strong and well hopped to survive the trip.

The Czar Bomb version gets its name from the Tsar Bomba or AN602 hydrogen bomb, the biggest nuclear weapon ever detonated and the most powerful artificial explosion in human history.

The beer is described ... “As dark as a black hole and with a rich and complex aroma, even more difficult to explain, Czar Bomb explodes on your palate with an intense richness full of complex roasted malt, fruit, alcohol and coffee nuances.”

SUNSHINE Brewery has struck black gold at the Australian International Beer Awards for the second year.

Its Czar Bomb has once again been awarded a gold medal in the Russian imperial stout category. Its success last year was the first international award for the Gisborne brewery.

This year they added a silver medal for their Black Magic stout, and two bronzes for the Electron and Tom Thumb IPAs (Indian Pale Ales).

“It feels pretty good to get this international recognition,” said head brewer Chris Scott, who came up with the gold-medal-winning drop.

The AIBA is the largest annual beer competition in the world, judging both draught and packaged beer.

This year it attracted a record number of entrants, with 1890 beers entered across the various categories.

Mr Scott, who has been brewing commercially for about five years and another five years home brewing before that, said there is no special story behind coming up with the Czar Bomb, but there is a special ingredient.

“The boss wanted a Russian imperial stout on tap, so I just figured one out. There's a special ingredient but I'm not going to give that away.”

Sunshine Brewery has a history of producing award-winning dark beers, including the Black Magic stout which won multiple New Zealand awards.

Russian imperial stout was originally brewed by the British for shipment in casks to the reigning monarchs of Russia and had to be strong and well hopped to survive the trip.

The Czar Bomb version gets its name from the Tsar Bomba or AN602 hydrogen bomb, the biggest nuclear weapon ever detonated and the most powerful artificial explosion in human history.

The beer is described ... “As dark as a black hole and with a rich and complex aroma, even more difficult to explain, Czar Bomb explodes on your palate with an intense richness full of complex roasted malt, fruit, alcohol and coffee nuances.”

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