Master Brewer Tracy Banner celebrates 35 years in NZ brewing

'Mother of New Zealand brewing' marks milestone with new brew

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New Zealand's Sprig & Fern Brewery has announced that 21st September 2018 marks a major milestone for Master Brewer and Owner Tracy Banner, who celebrates 35 years in the brewing industry.

Dubbed the 'Mother of New Zealand Brewing', Tracy has been recognised for her services to the brewing industry which include imparting knowledge and training to the brewing community and judging nationally and internationall. Now it's time for some home-grown celebrations.

“The craft beer industry in New Zealand is one that is always evolving, especially as consumers are becoming more discerning. Personally, this means it is a career and of course a passion, that continues to grow every day” Tracy said. “There isn’t any other career I could imagine having undertaken or being this fulfilling”.

A limited release celebration brew, entitled Soirée, is a chance not only to celebrate the anniversary but to showcase the brewing team at Sprig & Fern who continue to push creative recipe development, under Tracy’s guidance. This beer is a Marzen Rauchbier which displays smoky characteristics from the use of Bamberg Beechwood Smoked Malt and exhibits sweet toasted notes.  

Tracy will be touring all the Sprig & Fern Taverns and Little Sprig Seatoun to celebrate with those that have made it all possible, the Sprig & Fern community.

The first event kicks off on 19th September at Sprig & Fern Tavern in  Hardy Street, Nelson and celebrations conclude on 2nd October at Sprig & Fern in Tinakori Roadd,  Thorndon.

Sprig & Fern Brewery will also launch four collectable glasses, available exclusively at Sprig & Fern Taverns and Little Sprig Seatoun. The first glass was made available from 10th August, with numbers strictly limited. A glass will be released every fortnight with the final instalment released on 21st September.

“With collectable beer glasses, a limited-edition brew and Tracy’s Sprig & Fern Tavern and Little Sprig tour, we are making sure we celebrate her milestone 35-year anniversary in style”, said Lee Brown General Manager Sprig & Fern. “There will be many opportunities for our Sprig & Fern fans to raise a glass and celebrate Tracy’s successes”.

For all upcoming events, follow Sprig & Fern on Facebook.

About Spring & Fern Brewery

At Sprig & Fern, “craft beer” means more than a quirky name or a funky bottle. It’s about combining malt, hops, innovation and precision in a way that sets apart everything we brew. With us, there are simply no preservatives and no additives. We don’t pasteurise our beer so we don’t affect the great flavours and when you taste one ... you’ll know why.  Enjoy!

All our beer is brewed under the watchful eye of Master Brewer, Tracy Banner, who has amassed more than 30 years’ experience in the brewing industry in the UK and New Zealand.

Tracy played a significant role in the birth and rise of craft beer in New Zealand, and is highly sought after as a judge and speaker. At the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards in 2014, Tracy was presented with an Honorary Membership medal in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the brewing industry

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