When you are a small company trying to break into a major international market, it's nice to have your work recognised.

So for Waipū's McLeod's Brewery, being crowned Champion Small International Brewery at the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) is massive.

But it wasn't just one or two of the entries that earned McLeod's the title. The company won a trophy and 11 medals — including a gold, five silvers and a bronze — at last week's awards.

The company is co-owned by brothers Clayton and Geoff Gwynne, and its head brewer is Jason Bathgate.

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It was Bathgate's innate knowledge

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Awards the brewery takes home from AIBA are: