The Legacy Continues: Mount Local Announced as 2017 New Zealand Draught Master
Need to know who pours the best beer in the country? Frankie McGuire from Mount Social Club in Tauranga has been named 2017 New Zealand Draught Master after beating 15 other finalists in Auckland.
Held at Ponsonby’s Sapphire Room, the cream of the crop of bar workers from all across the country gathered to face off in quick fire knock out rounds, but in the end there could only be one winner.
The competition puts a spotlight on the bartending industry in New Zealand and highlights the level of skill that goes into making sure when you enjoy a drink from the tap it’s of the highest standard. In this case, the skill was determined by which finalist had the ability to master the unique Stella Artois 9-Step pouring ritual.
As the new winner, Frankie has won a trip for two to the Stella Artois brewery in Leuven, Belgium, and will act as an ambassador for Stella Artois for the next year.
Frankie says: “Taking out the title of Draught Master is amazing. I can’t wait to head over to the brewery and find out more about the brewing process, and bring home some information that I can pass onto the people I work with and do my bit to keep the 600 year legacy of Stella Artois alive.”
Richard Goatcher from Stella Artois says: “It was down to the wire and choosing a winner was really hard because there was so much great talent performing and pouring last night. When it came to judging, we were looking for perfection at every level. We wanted perfect execution of the 9-Step pouring ritual, but we were also looking for a show, someone with charisma and great chat. Luckily for Frankie he ticked all of the boxes and he should be proud to call himself New Zealand Draught Master.”
About Stella Artois
Stella Artois traces its origin back to 1366 to the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium just outside of Brussels. The beer was originally brewed to celebrate Christmas, and it was named Stella (Latin for “star”) for its exceptional clarity. Stella Artois has a pleasantly bitter flavor and refreshing finish that distinguishes it from other European lagers.
According to the experts, Stella Artois should only be served in its signature chalice, which showcases its rich, golden color while releasing the beer’s flavor and aroma. Now you know!