Samoa’s Vailima beer wins accolade in Australia

16/06/2013

<p style="text-align: justify;">Samoa’s popular Vailima beer won the Bronze Medal in the Lager section of the recent Australian International Beer Awards for its new brew, Vailima Pure. It beat several global contenders to win the accolade.<!--more--></p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Vailima Pure was launched as a limited edition draught brew in September 2012 during Samoa’s biggest festival, Teuila, which has now grown to be a major tourist event. Two months later, it was launched in 355ml bottle.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Tony Scanlan, Chairman of the Board at the brewery said, “This is a great achievement for Samoa Breweries Limited as we continue to produce world class beer from a tiny island in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“It has quickly gained traction and respect not only within the local market and American Samoa, but also from other beer producers around the world,” Mr. Scanlan was quoted as saying in the Samoa Observer.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">“We now have interest from New Zealand, Australia, United States and Canada for Vailima Pure and are in preparation for export into these countries this year,” Mr Scanlan revealed.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Now in its 21st year, the Australian International Beer Awards is regarded as the pre-eminent showcase for premium beer and brewing excellence in the Asia Pacific region.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">Co-ordinated annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) and the University of Ballarat, the awards saw a record number of entries received in 2013 - more than 1,480 beers from more than 230 brewers in 35 countries.</p>
<p style="text-align: justify;">The maker of the beer, Samoa Breweries Limited, is now owned by Australian beverages giant Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA).</p>
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