15 September 2016 - Best Beer HQ
Entries Open for “Tainted” Brewers Guild of NZ Awards 2016
The search is on for New Zealand’s next champion brewery as entries open for this year’s Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards.
However, it must be said that the reputation of the awards, which are now in its tenth year, took a battering among craft beer aficionados when corporate-owned Lion took out the top award last year – beating out nearly 800 beers from 100 other New Zealand and international breweries.
But Brewers Guild chairman Jonathan Alve says the awards remain the “ultimate accolade” for New Zealand’s $2.2 billion beer industry. “They celebrate and reward talent for brewing quality beer that people throughout New Zealand and the world enjoy.”
The New Zealand Beer Awards judging panel comprises of 25 national and international judges, who will judge the entries over two days from 23 September 2016.
All beer entries will be rated against a style guide for each category for colour, aroma, bitterness, flavour and presentation. Judges take a beer’s overall balance of characteristics into consideration and then decide whether it is worthy of a gold, silver or bronze medal.
The brewery with the most number of medals is crowned Champion New Zealand Brewery, which must be how Lion won last year’s event – it simply entered more beers into the competition than most of its competitors. In fact, I had a good little discussion with the editor of Beertown, who contested this point. See what he had to say in the comments section below.
Anyway, winners of the 2016 Brewers Guild Awards of New Zealand will be announced on Saturday 8 October at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.
Alve commented in the event’s media release: “Kiwi brewers are continuing to excel in terms of the taste, quality, and originality of brews produced. That’s reflected in strong sales growth in New Zealand and offshore as well as the performance of our breweries in international competitions.
“We’re also seeing a huge amount of innovation in the sector as brewers respond to consumer preferences, whether it’s for lower alcohol beer or the stronger tasting ales. That bodes well for another stellar year in New Zealand brewing excellence.”
Previous Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Award winners:
2011: 8 Wired
2007: No award