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About the Awards
Held annually, the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards are held in esteem worldwide due to the reputation of all involved in judging, organising and staging the event, with a world class selection of judges from New Zealand, Australia, America and beyond. This diversity of background and quality of judge ensures that the Awards have a huge reputation across the globe as one of the most prestigious accolades a brewer can win.
26 August 2019
20 September 2019
Physical Entry Deadline
25 September 2019
10-11 October 2019, Wellington
Awards Presentation Dinner
19 October 2019, Wellington
From 20 October 2019, Wellington
Feedback to Entrants
From 20 November 2019, Wellington
Chief Judge Tina Panoutsos
Tina is currently responsible for creating and maintaining an immersive beer culture through an engaging and progressive training curriculum that fosters a desire for further learning and encourages employees, customers and consumers to embrace, enjoy demand quality beer.
With almost three decades in the brewing industry in roles across Quality, Education, Brewing Innovation and Sensory & Consumer Science, Tina has specialised in understanding the role of sensory and consumer preference through various research projects in support of beverage innovation and beer engagement.
Tina is deeply passionate about the beer industry, seeking opportunities to portray it in a positive light and enrich our beer culture overall. This has directed her purpose and motivation to continuously improve the way we communicate and understand what drives customer and consumer preference and meet the constant challenges and opportunities our industry offers.
We look forward to having Tina as our Chief Judge for this years awards.
Associate Director Beer Knowledge
Carlton & United Breweries, ABInBev.
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Champion & Trophy Awards
Winners of the 2019 Brewers Guild of NZ Beer Awards will be announced at the BREWNZ'19 gala dinner being held in Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday 19 October 2019.
Champion New Zealand Exhibitor
Champion New Zealand Beer
Champion Small New Zealand Brewery
Champion Medium New Zealand Brewery
Champion Large New Zealand Brewery
Champion International Brewery
Best Amber/ Dark Lager
British Ale (excluding Pale Ale & IPA)
Best Amber/ Dark Ale
International Pale Ale
Stout & Porter
Wheat & Other Grain
Fruit & Flavoured
Specialty, Experimental Aged
Barrel & Wood-Aged
Cider & Perry
Fruit or Flavoured Cider or Perry
The Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards celebrates and recognises quality not only in beer but in the broader organisations and individuals that make the New Zealand brewing industry so vibrant.
The Morton Coutts Trophy is a prestigious award designed to recognise outstanding innovation and/or achievement in the brewing industry of New Zealand.
Packaging is a critical component in determining the commercial success of a brewing business. Design, aesthetics and utility all play a significant role in getting great beer in the hands of the consumer. The Packaging Award recognises the achievements of New Zealand brewing businesses in this important aspect of our industry.
The Beer Media of the Year award aims to raise the standard of media for beer in New Zealand and recognises an outstanding contribution in the media by any individual over the previous calendar year.
The award for Brewing Sustainability honours businesses from throughout the grain to glass supply chain in New Zealand that are implementing projects, policies and initiatives that have a positive impact on the environment.
The Tourism Award aims to raise the standard of beer tourism experiences in New Zealand and recognises an outstanding contribution by brewing businesses and operators to enhancing the beer experience for domestic and international tourists.
Awards Advisory Committee
The Awards Advisory Committee works with the Guild and makes recommendations to ensure that the judging process is of the highest standard.
Chairperson - Tracy Banner, Sprig & Fern, Nelson
Ben Middlemiss - Otago Polytechnic, Cromwell
Brian Watson - Good George Brewing, Hamilton
Dale Cooper - Fortune Favours, Wellington
David Nicholls - Moa Brewing Company, Blenheim
Jason Bathgate - McLeods Brewery, Waipu
Kelly Ockwell - McLeods Brewery, Waipu
Leon Dawson - DB Breweries Ltd, Timaru
Steward to Judge Program
The Brewers Guild of New Zealand are seeking expressions of interest for the 2019 Steward to Judge program.
The program was formally announced in 2019 and aims to support members of industry in development toward becoming a Judge.
The program will typically involve 2 years as a Steward, followed by 2 years as a Trainee Judge.
The program will typically involve 2 years as a Steward, followed by 2 years as a Trainee Judge. Progression to each stage will be based on merit. After four years the individual will be eligible for selection as a Judge for the New Zealand Beer Awards. Other considerations will include whether the individual is directly involved in brewing and whether they have gained experience in stewarding or judging in other jurisdictions.
Brewers Guild Stewards are essential to the integrity of the Awards and are responsible for ensuring the judging process is professional and seamless, with a focus on pouring and delivering exhibits to the judging table.
Stewards duties typically include:
- Set up of glassware for judging
- Pouring beers for judging
- Tapping kegs
- Stock control
- Removing glassware, washing glasses and keeping judging tables in a clean state
- Ensuring event back of house is in order
Through the role of Steward, participants gain an invaluable insight to the process for managing and judging a large and complex Beer Awards.
The Guild are seeking a balance of people already working directly in the industry and people who are considering entering the industry or interested in supporting it.
Please apply by completing the Expression of Interest form which can be found here.