Beer judges fizzing to find New Zealand’s champion brewery
Now in its eight year, entries for the beer awards officially closed last week with more than 670 beers from 82 breweries being nominated across fifteen beer categories. A total of 72 breweries were nominated from New Zealand.
Brewers Guild Chairman, Craig Bowen, said New Zealand breweries had been performing well in international competitions. He was looking forward to seeing this level of quality and success translated to the New Zealand stage.
“Beer brewing has exploded in recent times – amongst hobbyists and professional brewers alike. In the last two years, the number of professional brewing operations in New Zealand has increased by more than a third. “That confirms that New Zealand is enjoying a golden period for brewing in terms of the variety and quality of beers produced. These Awards are the epitome of the $2.2 billion beer industry, and reward those who are especially talented at brewing quality beer,” he said.
The Brewers’ Guild of New Zealand Awards is an international competition, with entries from throughout New Zealand and the world. Judging will take place over three days from 8 August with the judging panel comprising 25 national and internationally qualified judges.
All beer entries will be rated against a style guide for each category for its aroma, colour, bitterness, flavour and presentation. A beer’s overall balance of characteristics, with all those factors taken into account, is then rated and judges decide whether it’s worthy of a gold, silver or bronze medal.
Winners of the 2014 Brewers Guild Awards of New Zealand will be announced at a gala dinner on 21 August at Shed 6, Wellington.
This year, Auckland has the most number of breweries vying for awards, with 16 breweries entered. Last year, Marlborough-based Renaissance Brewing was crowned 2013 New Zealand Champion.
For more information including a list of all categories and beers nominated for the Awards, visit www.brewersguild.org.nz/awards