Cassels and Sons bottled beer launched

NEW: Zak Cassels (left) with co-brewer Joe Shanks and Woolston New World owner Greg Boock let shoppers have a taste of the Cassels and Sons Brewery Co. new range of of milk stout and extra pale ale. PHOTO: GILBERT WEALLEANS

Woolston residents are the first in the country to try a newly bottled brew.

Shoppers at Woolston New World on Ferry Rd were the first people to have a taste of Cassels and Sons Brewery new milk stout and extra pale ale from a bottle on Friday.

The tasting marked a day of celebration for the company, as it was the first time it had bottled beer from its new $2 million bottling plant and sold it at a supermarket.

Woolston Business Association chairman and Woolston New World owner Greg Boock said he was approached by Zak Cassels to see if they would like to be the first supermarket in the country to sell and launch their bottled beer.

“I think it’s pretty awesome that two local companies can collaborate and launch a product locally like this,” he said.

Mr Cassels said the milk stout was a favourite and won a trophy at the New Zealand 2011 Brewers Guild Awards.

He said the company plans to offer the award-winning extra pale ale and milk stout in the South Island first and will be available nationwide from September.

He said they are planning to add two more bottled beers to the range later in the year.

“We plan to offer our bottled Extra Pale Ale and Milk Stout in the South Island first, and then nationwide from September.

“We’re also planning to add two more bottled beers to the range later in the year,” Mr Cassels said.

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