Five distinguished recipients of Brewers Guild Honours in 2015

Brewers Guild Honours 2015

Five distinguished members of the brewing industry were recognised with Brewers Guild Honours at the 2015 Awards Dinner.








IAN RAMSAY (pictured) and

KEITH GALBRAITH (not present)



Each recipient was presented with a special medal, mounted on a ribbon which designates the particular honour.

Honorary Fellow

This is the Guild’s highest honour and is awarded sparingly to recognise the high level of achievement of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the brewing industry. This honour is designated by a black striped ribbon on a cast medal.

Honorary Member

Honorary membership is awarded to a person distinguished in any of the technical, organisational or productive aspects of brewing who has been or may be of material assistance to the Guild or the brewing industry. Recipients would be elected to membership by the Guild and able to participate in Guild activities, but would have no vote and pay no membership subscription. This honour is designated by a red striped ribbon on a cast medal.

Life Membership

This is an honour awarded to a member who has given outstanding service to the Guild and its members over a sustained period of time.  Such a person may have actively served and promoted the Guild at a national level, creating a legacy for the good of the Guild. This honour is designated by a yellow striped ribbon on a cast medal.

Industry Achievement  Award

This award is made in recognition of a prolonged and outstanding contribution to the brewing industry of New Zealand not necessarily associated with the Guild. This honour is designated by a blue striped ribbon on a cast medal.

President’s Award

This award is made at the discretion of the President to recognise or reward someone who has aided their Presidency or who has made a worthy contribution to the Guild but who would not, in normal events, be eligible for other awards. This honour is designated by a cream ribbon on a cast medal.

Lion crowned New Zealand’s best brewery for 2015

Lion crowned New Zealand’s best brewery for 2015

Lion Breweries has been named New Zealand’s Champion Brewery at the 2015 Brewers’ Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards.

Lion beat 93 other New Zealand breweries to be crowned New Zealand’s best brewery at the gala awards ceremony in Auckland last night, also heading off six international breweries.

Lion national operations director Paul Woods said the Gladfield Malt Champion Brewery award capped a big year for Lion.

“It’s a huge honour to be named New Zealand’s Champion Brewery.  It’s the best possible recognition any brewery can get, large or small.

“We’ve enjoyed a good deal of success with our growing range of beers.  There’s more variety and styles than ever before. That’s great for consumers and for the New Zealand brewing industry as a whole.

“For all brewers the secret to success is passion, hard work and dedication to the task.  We still enjoy brewing now as much as we ever have and most brewers will feel exactly the same way.”

Lion produces and markets six of the country’s top 10 beer brands, including Speight’s, Steinlager and Mac’s, regional brands such as Waikato Draught and a growing range of craft and international beers including Emerson’s, Corona, Stella Artois and Guinness.

Earlier this year, Lion’s Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark was named Best Amber/Dark Ale at the world-renowned Australian International Beer Awards.

In addition to being named Champion Brewery, Lion also won the International Lager and Fruit or Flavoured categories for its Beck’s and Issac’s Berry Cider respectively.  In total, Lion beers won 28 medals across 10 categories.

The 14 beer category winners are:

Category (sponsor)



International Lager styles (O-I)

Lion (national)


New Zealand Lager styles (Cryer Malt)

Panhead Custom Ales (Wellington)

Port Road Pilsner

British Ale styles (Leading Label Co.)

Mike’s Organic Brewing (Taranaki)

Organic Ale

European Ale styles (BeerNZ)

Garage Project (Wellington)


US Ale styles (Australian International Beer Awards)

Bach Brewing (Auckland)

Duskrider Red IPA

Pale Ale styles (Weyermann)

Fork Brewing (Wellington)

Godzone Beat

Strong Pale Ale styles (Red Kegs)

Epic Brewing Company (Auckland)


Stout and Porter styles (Kegstar)

Raindogs Brewing Company (Christchurch)

Singularity Imperial Stout

Wheat and Other Grain styles

(Beer and Brewer)

Dominion Breweries (national)

Black Dog - Blizzard

Flavoured & Aged Styles (Excel Digital)

Good George Brewing (Hamilton)

Blueberry Gose

Specialty, Experimental, Aged (Plant & Food Research)

Garage Project (Wellington)

Wabi Sabi

Cider and Perry styles (Profruit)

Forbidden Brewing Company (Auckland)

Simply Apple Cider

Fruit or Flavoured styles (Brewers Guild of New Zealand)

Lion (national)

Issac’s Berry Cider

Packaging (SATO)

McCashin’s Brewery (Nelson-Tasman)

Stoke Amber 300ml 6 Pack

Brisbane-based Castlemaine Perkins was named NZ Hops Champion International Brewery, while DB’s Morton Coutts Trophy for Innovation or Achievement went to Gladfield Malt for for their development and expansion of New Zealand-based malting and specialty malting.

Steam Brewing was named ENPAC Champion Manufacturer while the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Media/Beer Writer of the Year award went to Fairfax's Jono Galuszka.

Brewers Guild chairman Bob King said the awards capped another vintage year for New Zealand brewing.

“Each year, more New Zealanders get into beer and cider brewing.  And, each year, the task of judging at these awards becomes much harder. 

“Whether it’s a one-man band or the larger more established breweries, New Zealand is enjoying a golden era in terms of the variety and quality of beers produced.  That’s what the awards are about – recognising and celebrating excellence in our profession.”

Now in its ninth year, the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards is an international competition, with entries from throughout New Zealand and the world.  All beer entries were rated against a style guide for each category for its aroma, colour, bitterness, flavour and presentation.  A beer’s overall balance of characteristics was judged by a panel comprising 25 national and internationally qualified judges.

A total of 59 gold, 159 silver and 243 bronze medals were awarded this year. Entries from Wellington breweries picked up 17 of the top trophies and gold medals awarded.

The 2015 Catalogue of Results provides a full list of trophy and medal winners.

The Guild's facebook page has an album of all photos taken on the night.

For all Media Enquiries, please contact: John Mitchell, 027 975 4094,



Congratulations to all the medal and trophy winners of the 2015 Brewers Guild NZ International Beer Awards.

Catalogue of Results

Awards Night Gallery




BGNZ Seminar & Trade Show Programme launched

BGNZ Conference and Trade Show

We are delighted to present the PROGRAMME for the third annual Brewers' Guild conference which will take place Friday 18 & Saturday 19 September at the Heritage Hotel, Auckland. We have an utterly awesome line up of speakers who are ready to share their knowledge  around the theme of business growth. 

The conference is free for BGNZ members and their employees to attend (Brewery, Corporate and Hospitality Members only), so it's definitely a not-to-miss event.

All seminar participants will receive a pretty cool branded Guild T-shirt, generously sponsored by Brazen Clothing.

A first for this year will be the accompanying Industry Trade Show, with 15 exhibitors and counting, which will provide an excellent opportunity to spend quality time with the key suppliers across the beer industry.


Brewers Guild Members:  FREE - REGISTER HERE

Non-Brewers Guild Members: $200+gst* - REGISTER HERE

*Refundable against the cost of joining the Guild. 


HERITAGE HOTEL FROM $179 - check it out HERE:

SKYCITY Hotel: Premium Rooms $229.00
SKYCITY Grand Hotel: Premium Luxury Rooms $259.00

Call 0800 SKYCITY (0800 759 2489) – toll free within NZ/Or: +64 9 363 6000

Please Quote “NZ Brewers Guild Awards” to take advantage of the rates



Entries now open for the Brewers' Guild NZ International Beer Awards 2015

Brewers Guild NZ International Beer Awards 2015

Entries for the 2015 Brewers Guild NZ International Beer Awards are now open.

For all information on all awards and how to enter, please visit our Awards page.

Entries open for Beer Writer of the Year


Entries are now open for the 2015 Beer Writer of the Year Award.

This prestigious award aims to recognise outstanding contribution in the media by any one individual over the previous calendar year.

The award may be made for media contributions ranging from one outstanding contribution to a collection of contributions that together demonstrate an outstanding annual portfolio. All material must have been made publicly available from May 1st to April 30th over the year preceding the award

Full information on how to apply can be found in the Beer Writer of the Year Award Guide.

Entries Open for Morton Coutts Trophy


Entries are now open for the 2015 Morton Coutts Trophy.

This prestigious award is designed to recognised outstanding innovation and/or achievement in the brewing industry of New Zealand.

Applications are sought from individuals, groups or organisations who would like their innovation/achievements to be considered for the 2015 Morton Coutts Trophy.

Alternatively, anyone can nominate an individual, group or organisation that they believe meet the outstanding innovation/achievement criteria.

Given the potential for several deserving candidates applying or being nominated in any given year, the Guild encourages those who may be unsuccessful to resubmit.

Full information on how to apply can be found in the Morton Coutts Trophy Guide.


NZ International Beer Awards: 2015 Entry Guide released

Brewers' Guild NZ International Beer Awards - 2015 Entry Guide

The 2015 Entry Guide for the Brewers Guild NZ International Beer Awards has now been released.

This document highlights some key changes from 2014, including:

  • Some categories have been changed to more evenly balance the number of entries per category. 
  • A few changes have been made to the list of beer styles.
  • The Festive Brew category will not run in 2015.

The online entry form for the awards will open very soon - we are just in the final stages of launching a new system which has been introduced as a result of feedback received last year on the need to improve/streamline the process.

We will send out an alert via social media as soon as the new system goes live.

DB Beer & Cider Ambassador CHCH


Beer & Cider Ambassador- Christchurch

Are you keen to become immersed in the world of Beer Best Practice?  Are you committed to setting High quality standards and delivering superb service? Looking for a change of direction to a truly unique role being a passionate ambassador for our products and raising the standards in hospitality, then this could be the job for you.

Reporting to the National Beer & Cider Ambassador, with the role being based in Christchurch you will be responsible for raising the awareness of DB Breweries beers and ciders, hosting beer schools, beer appreciation events as well as managing installation projects for beer systems across the South Island.

The role:

This is a busy role and will involve you in a wide range of tasks involving the following:

  • Hold beer appreciation sessions for staff on beer and cider knowledge
  • Undertake training sessions with outlets on everything concerning beer and cider: history, pouring, quality, styles, food matching, brewing etc.
  • Hold beer appreciation sessions with consumers around beer and food matching
  • Undertake beer system audits in the region
  • Project manage third party contractors, including handling beer system quotes, installation, maintenance and removal of systems
  • Manage customer and key stakeholder relationships
  • There will be some travel required

A bit about you:

Your interpersonal skills will be excellent as building relationships and delivering on time to budget is key to success in this role. A strong customer focus is essential, as is the ability to think on your feet and use initiative.

You will have proven experience managing projects to deadlines and have a sound mechanical aptitude.

Coaching, training and presenting skills are key attributes that you are familiar with and where your passion lies.

You will be someone who is self-motivated and passionate about beer and cider. So if you enjoy seeing practical results, building relationships and solving problems in a role where every day is different, then apply now!

This role would suit someone who has previous experience as a Sales Representative, Brewer, Hospitality or Trainer.

If you are interested in finding out more please apply via our website.


National Sales role at Garage Project


Garage Project in the lookout for a New Zealand Sales Manager.

Garage Project is a small brewery, located in an old petrol station in Wellington.  It's an unlikely place for a brewery but our aim in the Garage is to create unique and beautiful beers.  We like pushing boundaries, reinterpreting styles and challenging the notions of what beer can be. We're here to try something new and so far that seems to be working out pretty well for us.  So much so, we’re on the lookout for a New Zealand Sales Manager to help lead and guide the continued growth of the brewery, for both on and off-premise realtionships, across all channels.

Reporting into the general manager, the main function of the role is to grow our relationships with our customers.  You’ll need to be more “Farmer” than “Hunter” with the focus being on strong, long term sustaiblabe relationships with our customers.  To start, you’ll lead the NZ sales effort with one direct report.  This will likely grow to have responsibiltiy for other markets and additional headcount, as we grow.

Previous experience in a similar role would be an advantage, but we’re open to people with sales and relationship management experiene across a range of industries.  The right person and cultural fit is key for us, but you’ll have the sales toolkit to get the job done:

  • Strong communication skills, written and oral
  • Excellent relationship management & building skills  
  • Appropriate selling & account management work experience covering large territories in the field of consumer goods
  • Key account and call cycle managment
  • Tech savvy, computer literate and solid analytical abilities
  • Great selling skills
  • The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field   
  • Hold a valid driver’s license and no fears of; red-eye flights or cheap hotel breakfast bars

Remuneration is negotiable and would be dependent on experience/qualifications. You’ll be provided with; laptop, mobile phone and ipad.  The role is based at the brewery  - 68 Aro Street, Wellington, but you’d be expected to spend a week to 10 days outside Wellington a month.

Of course we’d love to read your resume but of more interest to us is your ‘pitch’.  Tell us why you? And what you’d bring to the team?     Send your pitch to Jason.

Guild appoints public relations agency


Following successful media coverage of last year’s Awards, the Guild has enlisted the services of BlacklandPR to manage its media liaison activity.

There are lots of great things happening in the brewing industry, and BlacklandPR will be helping the Guild and its members to make sure these stories are told.

All media enquiries should now be directed to BlacklandPR's Media Specialist, John Mitchell, a former senior journalist and editor with newspapers in New Zealand and Australia.

Email: John Mitchell

Mobile: 027 975 4094


Zeelandt seeks Sales Superstar


Zeelandt Brewery is leading the latest transformation of Hawke’s Bay’s beer-drinking culture and now needs your help to take their story across the North Island. We have massive aspirations to become New Zealand’s best craft brewery, delivering beer that can stand alongside the European classics.


Reporting to the Director and based in Hawkes Bay, this Sales Representative role will be responsible for driving North Island sales, with a focus on Wellington and Auckland. Your portfolio includes the full range of Zeelandt Brewery products as well as Petane Station wine and cider.

For further info, please check out the job ad on Seek

New Zealand breweries toast international success



New Zealand breweries big and small have shown their class on the world stage, collecting six major awards at the prestigious Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne on Thursday night.

Lion’s Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark was judged the Champion International Beer, while Wellington's Parrotdog Brewery was named Champion International Small Brewery.

The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) is the largest annual competition of its kind in the world judging both draught and packaged beer.

Brewers Guild of New Zealand chairman Bob King said the performance of New Zealand breweries at the awards was testament to the quality, calibre and international standing of the New Zealand brewing industry across the range of sizes and styles.

“This is a golden era for New Zealand brewing and once again we've shown that our breweries are among the best in the world.

“It's an industry worth $2.2 billion a year to New Zealand and, given our international standing and expertise, it will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Renowned for showcasing the highest quality beer and for celebrating brewing excellence in Australia and around the world, AIBA is open for entry to brewers and breweries of all sizes, from small and medium volume to large-scale commercial production.

This year's AIBA competition received a record number of entries, with more than 1700 from 344 exhibitors comprising 35 countries. There were 203 entries from 33 New Zealand breweries. In total, 28 champion and major trophies were awarded.

Auckland's Epic Brewing won Best IPA with its Armageddon brew and DB’s Monteith’s Velvet Stout was named Best Stout.

Lion's Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark won the trophy for Best Amber/Dark Ale and Parrotdog's Clipped Wing was judged Best Reduced/Low Alcohol beer.

Parrotdog’s victory as Champion International Small Brewery saw New Zealand’s dominance of the category continues, with Blenheim’s Renaissance Brewing having won the title in 2013 and 2014.



Barrett Burston Malting Trophy for Champion Australian Beer: Barley Wine – Barrel Breed, Draught – Mountain Goat Beer, VIC

ExpoNet Trophy for Champion International Beer: Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark, Packaged – Lion Beer Spirits Wine, NZ

GrainCorp Trophy for Champion Large Australian Brewery: 4 Pines Brewing Company, NSW

Barrett Burston Malting Trophy for Champion Large International Brewery: Brouweris De Halve Maan, Belgium

Kegstar Trophy for Champion Medium Australian Brewery: Thunder Road Brewing Company, VIC

Federation University Australia Trophy for Champion Medium International Brewery: Pelican Pub & Brewery, USA

FB*PROPAK Trophy for Champion Australian Small Brewery: Boatrocker Brewing Company, VIC

City of Ballarat Trophy for Champion International Small Brewery: ParrotDog Brewing, NZ

Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy for Best New Exhibitor: Yantai Platinum Brewing Company, China

The Crafty Pint Trophy for the AIBA Media Award: Luke Robertson, Ale of a Time


Bargo Events Trophy for Best Australian Style Lager: 333 Premium Export – Saigon Beer Alcohol Beverage Corp, Vietnam

Federation University Australia Trophy for Best European Style Lager: Byron Bay Premium, Draught – The Byron Bay Brewing Co, NSW

Hellman Beverage Logistics Trophy for Best International Lager: Red Horse Extra Strong Brew, Packaged – San Miguel Beer Limited, Philippines

City of Ballarat Trophy for Best International Pale Ale: Anytime IPA, Draught – Temple Brewing Company, VIC

The Post Project Trophy for Best Australian Style Pale Ale: Sandman, Draught – The Byron Bay Brewing Co, NSW

Time Out Trophy for Best British Style Ale: Fuller’s 1845 Celebration Strong Ale, Packaged – Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC, UK

Bargo Events Trophy for Best European Style Ale: Sporting Ale, Draught – Thirsty Crow, NSW

Kegstar Trophy for Best IPA: Epic Armageddon IPA, Draught – Epic Brewing Company, NZ

Cryermalt Trophy for Best Amber/Dark Ale: Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark, Packaged – Lion Beer Spirits Wine, NZ

Weyermann Specialty Malts Trophy for Best Porter: Temptress, Draught – Holgate Brewhouse, VIC

Spiegelau Trophy for Best Stout: Monteith’s Velvet Stout, Packaged – DB Draught Brewery, NZ

Beer DeLuxe Trophy for Best Wheat Beer: Weihenstephan Kristall Weissbier, Packaged – Weihenstephan, Germany

Brewtique Trophy for Best Belgian & French Style Ale: Mad Abbot Christmas Ale 2013, Packaged – The Little Brewing Company, NSW

RASV Trophy for Best Scotch & Barley Wine: Barley Wine – Barrel Breed, Draught – Mountain Goat Beer, VIC

Plasdene Glass-Pak Trophy for Best Specialty Beer: Red Rock Paardebloem, Packaged – Red Rock Brewing Co, USA

RASV Trophy for Best Reduced/Low Alcohol: ClippedWing, Packaged – ParrotDog Brewing, NZ

ExpoNet Trophy for Best Pilsner: Trumer Pils, Draught – Trumer Australia, VIC

Brewtique Trophy for Best Packaging: Bastard Children of the British Empire – 4 Pines Brewing Company, NSW

Beervana changes hands


The ownership of New Zealand’s largest craft beer festival, Beervana, has shifted from Cryer Malt to the Wellington Culinary Events Trust Inc. (WCET), the organisation that runs Visa Wellington On a Plate.

The nine-year old beer festival, which runs during Visa Wellington On a Plate every August, features over 60 breweries with approximately 200 beers showcased to 10,000-plus punters and trade who visit the two-day event.

Sarah Meikle, Chief Executive of WCET says it made perfect sense for the organisation to buy Beervana.

“Visa Wellington On a Plate serves up the best food and drink the region has to offer, and craft beer is a big part of what makes Wellington a culinary hot spot. There’s a growing thirst for craft beer with the category growing at 25% per year* and the majority of that growth is being driven by Wellington brewers.

“Beervana is a cornerstone event of Visa Wellington On a Plate and we’re really keen it continues to stay a big part of it. It helps bring more than $3 million** into the capital during the festival but it has the potential to be even bigger and better.”

David Cryer says he’s delighted to be passing over the Beervana reigns to WCET.

“Beervana really started to take off when it became part of Visa Wellington On a Plate. Our visitor numbers have risen considerably since then and will only grow more as the craft beer industry continues to strengthen.”

“It’s become a major event that takes hundreds of hours to organise and the time was right for me to move aside and let someone else take charge. WCET is passionate about the event, industry and has the structure to ensure Beervana’s continued success.”

Beervana will run this year from 14 - 15 August at Westpac Stadium, Wellington.


Media Enquiries:

Anna Calver

+64 21 0221 5900

Editor's Notes:

  • The Wellington Culinary Events Trust (WCET), a not-for-profit charitable trust, was established in February 2014, to promote Wellington (city and region) as the premium New Zealand destination for hospitality experiences, thereby adding value to the Wellington region for the benefit of the public of Wellington region.  The Trust has an independent Board and Chief Executive.
  • For further information or to register as a brewery for Beervana please contact Andrew Dufty at

* New Zealand Craft Beer Industry, ANZ Bank, August 2014 (

** Beervana Economic Impact 2013, Wellington City Council, September 2013


Freshhop NZ 2015



Freshhop is back for its second year, the brewers of Auckland learnt a considerable amount last year with our first Freshhop in 2014. Now they are using the lessons learnt and this year they are brewing using two varieties of Hops; Motueka and Sauvin.

In 2014 they used Waimea, this year Auckland Beer Lovers get the chance to try something new with not one but two new hops. These delicious beverages will be found on tap around the Craft Beer Bars in the Auckland Region.

The big difference between Freshhop beers and other beers is that the hops are picked fresh and brewed with as soon as possible. Hops are picked in the morning in Nelson then taken to a site for field heat to be taken out of them. They are then placed in a chilled truck and driven to Auckland as fast as legally permitted to keep them as fresh as possible. The truck is met by a group of eager brewers who take their hops immediately to their breweries to plunge them into their barley worts they have created and at the end they have a Freshhop beer.

If you can envisage the difference in cooking between using Fresh Coriander vs. Dried Coriander you are getting the gist of it. The Freshhop beer has more natural resins, more aroma and more flavour. Many of the beers are designed to allow the hops to be the main aroma and flavour component of the beer. This is a unique once in a year opportunity to use the Hops as fresh as they can be and it is  not a tasting opportunity to be missed by anyone who likes the greatest beverage of all...Beer!

There will be Eleven Auckland Brewers creating twelve different beers. These will be released on the 23rd of April in Nineteen bars across the Auckland region from Warkworth to Manakau and across to Riverhead. We shall be inviting the public to register with us and vote on which beer they liked the most and will go into a draw to win some great brewery gear from the brewers.

An Awards Function is scheduled at 16 Tun in Wynyard Quarter on Friday 1st May to announce the winners to the public, brewers and bars. Award categories covering best beer (people’s choice) and best activation/promotion by a craft beer bar on the theme of Freshhop Beers.

Meantime, you can check out the following

Freshhop website.

Freshhop Facebook Page

Twitter: @freshhopnz2015

FEEDBACK NEEDED - Customs & Excise Act 1996 Review


The Government is undertaking a wholesale review of the Customs &Excise Act 1996 - an important 20 year improvement to the system. This is to be an operational review to make compliance and collection run more smoothly. It will not cover excise rates.

A consultation document has been released for public consultation.    The discussion paper is on the Customs website and also in the members' area of the Guild website. Submissions close on 1 May 2015.

There is an excise working group (alcohol) meeting on Thursday 16 April which a representative from the Guild Exec will attend and we want to be able to represent your views.

Please give us your feedback by Wed 15 April.

The object of the Custom & Excise Act review is to:
Improve facilitation of travel and trade through the border and supports more effective Customs' border management
Have the flexibility to enable new developments associated with changes in business practices, technology or government policy
Achieves better alignment with other government agencies

From a brewing industry perspective we have identified 3 key areas that need to be addressed in the review.   These reflect current brewing practices and the way that businesses operate in the 21st century.  The below ensure that the Act, regulations and operational procedures, operate in a cohesive manner and in line with the intent of the Act (ie. that excise is a tax on consumption and not on manufacture).

Liability for Excise: Liability for excise is intended to arise at the point of entry for home consumption.  However, rules relating to remissions mean that in practice liability for excise arises upon partial or complete fermentation for beer.

We propose that the liability for excise only arises upon entry for home consumption (ie. when goods have left the licenced Customs Controlled Area"CCA").  This would lead to a significant reduction in complexity and administration for brewers, as would remove the need to seek remissions for excisable product that has not left the CCA.
Licensing:  Currently Licenced Areas are restricted to manufacturing, export, and temporary offsite storage permits (wine only). Movements between licenced CCA's are restricted to a narrow set of circumstances and subject to formal approval. We propose that there should be the ability to licence storage and distribution warehouses to reflect brewing and commercial operations (parity with wine).  Movements between licenced CCA's should not be subject to duty.

There should be the ability to licence import warehouses as a CCA. Reduced complexity and administration as systems and processes are aligned. This would lead to a reduction in excise duty "leakage" (eg. where duty is currently paid on stock transferred to an unlicenced warehouse and no remission is available/granted on stock that is not sold to consumers and is disposed of within the licenced CCA). It would also reduce complexity and administration as systems and processes are aligned.
Remissions and Refunds:  Currently the process is not automatic. A brewery must submit a formal request for remission.  There is an onerous application of the rules as New Zealand Customs will exhaust all possible options before granting a remission and approvals for refunds and remissions are restricted to a narrow set of circumstances, and in some cases not aligned.

We propose the rules and regulations operate in a manner that is consistent with the liability for excise arising at the point of entry into home consumption, ie. when product leaves the licenced CCAnot  at the point of manufacture.  The remission/refund circumstances should be broadened to include circumstances where goods have "no commercial value" and are disposed of (eg. excess production, aged stock, trial product etc).

There should be clarity, consistency and alignment between the refund and remission rules and regulations. This would mean that there is significant reduction in the complexity and administration as refund/remission rules are clear and aligned. It would also lead to a reduction in excise duty "leakage" (eg. where duty is currently paid on stock transferred to an unlicenced warehouse and no remission is available/granted on stock that is not sold to consumers and is disposed of within the licenced CCA).

FEEDBACK NEEDED - Sale & Supply of Alcohol Act 2012

Beer Sales

How is it working for you?

The Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act made changes to the way you can sell,
advertise or promote beer. The Guild is keen to gather examples of how this Act affects your business, for better or worse.

If you have a story to share about alcohol advertising & promotion, remote
sales, trading hours over Easter, Local Alcohol Policies or obtaining and
paying for a licence, or any other issues you have encountered under the new
Act, please share them with us in confidence.

To help us gather meaningful feedback, we have developed a (very!) short survey so that we can easily collect your concerns and suggestions to put forward to the meeting.

Please take 5 minutes to complete the surveyso that we can create an industry viewpoint on this issue.  Many thanks.

Click here to complete the survey.

MarchFest goes mainstream


Every year a selection of craft breweries from around the country produce a ‘never tasted before’ brew to debut at MarchFest, Nelson’s annual hip hop harvest festival. Part of the excitement for festival-goers is the opportunity to be one of the first to taste these new, and often experimental brews. Some of these brews however, have manage to escape the boutique festival environment of MarchFest and make it into mainstream production becoming part of their brewery’s core selection.

This special club of MarchFest brews that have made it into mainstream production includes; Hop Federation IPA Rakau, Moa’s Mussel Stout, and Dale’s ESB. There’s also Townshend's Henley's Revenge a real ale, that has also been bottled by the brewery, as well as Totara Ninkasi Green, a green-hopped ale.

Hop Federation created their first brew for MarchFest 2014, after setting up their boutique brewery in Riwaka one year earlier. Nicki Nicholas of Hop Federations said, ‘Being the newcomers we didn't really know what to expect; so the fact that people enjoyed it and continued asking for it after the festival was a good indication to us that the beer was good enough to be brewed on a regular basis. We have subsequently made the Rakau IPA part of our core range. It’s now available in kegs and 500ml bottles, on and off premise all over NZ.’

Nicholas also comments on MarchFest as incubator for experimental new brews, ‘Marchfest is an excellent platform to launch new or experimental beers, because you are only brewing a small batch. Therefore there is a minimal cost associated with creating the beer in terms of investment in marketing, branding etc.’

THE EVENT Marchfest is Nelson and New Zealand's craft beer and music flavoured festival - a celebration of music, food, fun and of course, proper beer. Set in the beautiful, traffic-free environment of Founders Heritage Park, Nelson. The 8th MarchFest will take place on Saturday March 21st, 2015.

The Nelson region is New Zealand’s sole hop growing area – and has more craft breweries per head of the population than anywhere else in the country. Unlike ordinary beer festivals, all the beers at MarchFest have been specially commissioned for the event and have never previously been tasted by the public. And unlike other beer festivals, MarchFest is not just about beer. It’s also about local wines, ciders and juices,regional cuisine (including a beer and food matching lunch) as well as its ‘event genre mash-up’ insistence on being a craft beer festival, an indie/world music gig, a hops showcase, an educational forum for home/wannabe brewers and a family-friendly day out. A winning combination that attracts thousands of people each year.

MarchFest has received sponsorship funding for this year's event from the Nelson Events Marketing & Development Programme, which is funded by the Nelson City Council. The Programme's objective is to stimulate Nelson City's economy in the shoulder and off seasons by bringing new spending through visitors coming to Nelson for distinct events.

2015 Awards Update


One of the biggest challenges over the past few months has been finding a suitable date and venue for the 2015 Beer Awards. The consensus at the AGM was to shift the timing of the Awards event away from Beervana (with many members too busy to fully participate at that time of year) staying in Wellington and then moving location away from the capital in 2016.  Unfortunately, with the World of Wearable Arts dominating the Wellington calendar for the preferred window of mid-September and creating issues around accommodation, we were unable to get a suitable date and venue.

We have therefore taken the bold step of moving the location of the awards event a year earlier than planned.  The 2015 Beer Awards will therefore now take place in Auckland, at Sky City.

With a view to making the most of the growing Auckland craft market, and creating a really great industry networking weekend that more people can enjoy, we have also decided to hold the event on a Saturday – so block out your diaries for Saturday 19 September 2015.

Draft format for the event (all timings to be confirmed) is as follows:


Friday 18 September

9am – 3pm Guild Seminars (free to members)

3.30pm – 5.30pm Guild AGM

6pm – 9pm Mashing In

Saturday 19 September

10am – 2pm Guild Seminars (free to members)

5.30pm Awards Reception & Dinner


We are also keen to float the idea of having an optional Brewery Tour day on Thursday 17 September (ie with airport pick up + tour + CBD drop off) and would like to hear your feedback on this.

No decisions have been made on the Mashing In venue as yet, so if you are keen to host this event, or have any suggestions for the ideal venue, please let us know.

This shift in timing will also apply to the submission of beer entries for the awards, the online entry deadline for which will tentatively be 14 August 2015, with physical entries to be received by 21 August 2015.  We will firm this date up over the coming months.

Emersons Scholarship awarded


DUNEDIN: Otago University student Bridget Gould is the recipient of the inaugural Emerson’s Brewery JP Dufour Scholarship.

Bridget will undertake research into the impact of yeast and hops interaction on beer flavour. 22-year-old Bridget has just completed her Bachelor of Science majoring in Food Science and will undertake the study for Emerson’s Brewery next year while she works on her Bachelor of Honours in Food Science.

“I can’t explain how happy I am to receive this support,” Bridget said. “The opportunity to work with Emerson’s is extraordinary.”

Announcing the Scholarship, Emerson’s Brewery founder, Richard Emerson said; “As a brewer I continually experiment and test my intuition about how
different yeasts work with our hops and what this interaction means for the flavour of the beer. Having Bridget critically research and analyse this will provide me as a brewer with a definitive answer which can only help to improve the consistency and quality of the brewing process and its outcome – great beer!”

The scholarship honours the late Professor Jean-­‐Pierre Dufour’s contribution to craft brewing industry and his valued relationship with Emerson’s Brewery.

In memory of Jean-­‐Pierre, each June Emerson’s Brewery releases a Belgian-­‐style ale on the anniversary of his birthday. Simply labeled ‘JP’ the beer must be of a quality and style that the brewery would be proud to serve Jean-­‐Pierre.

Since the inaugural release of the ‘JP’ in 2007 Emerson’s has placed funds from its sales in trust to support the Scholarship. While the scholarship doesn’t officially start until next year, Bridget has already begun working with the Emerson’s team. Next year she expects to visit the Dunedin brewery at least once a week to take samples and check on ferments.

Mobile Bar Unit for sale




Contact Tracy: 021 27 39 233 /

  • The unit is a full walk in chiller on a tandem axle trailer. 6 beer taps, 2 of which are double banked.
  • System is fitted with an independent pump for flushing and cleaning purposes.
  • Runs from standard 240v power supply and sits at 0-1°C degrees comfortably even on a hot day.
  • 2 storage cupboards at rear one of which holds a zip water heater and clean up sink.
  • Water tanks underneath.
  • Platform on rear will carry a generator and a 6 burner BBQ.
  • The trailer and Bighorn are both warranted and registered.
  • Bighorn purchase is optional but because of its size the trailer has to have electric brakes with a control unit in the vehicle. This is already wired up to bighorn but could be removed if the vehicle is not required.
  • Kitchen warrant is in place for food service but a different operator would need to organize their own.


Brewers wanted - McCashins Brewery


McCashin's Brewery have exciting opportunities to recruit additional enthusiastic and conscientious people with new innovation ideas who have passion for being involved in producing world class beverage products.

Ideally we are looking for people with relevant skills and experience to fulfil one of three roles.

1. Cider maker and Cellar Operations
2. Brewer
3. Senior Experienced Brewer

Check out this link for further info:


Inaugural Brewers Guild Honours announced

Brewers Guild of New Zealand Honours 2014

The 2014 Awards Dinner saw the inaugural presentation of Brewers' Guild of New Zealand Honours, awarded for distinguished service to the Guild and to the brewing industry.

The concept of recognising individuals in this way was brought to the Guild AGM in 2013 by Mark White of Harrington's, who now also forms part of the Honours Committee along with Ralph Bungard and Phillippa Boa.

Although it is the intention of the Guild to award these Honours sparingly, having been in operation since 2006, there were a few years of recognition to catch up on, so in some cases, more than one honour of the same type was presented.

Each recipient was presented with a special medal, mounted on a ribbon which designates the particular honour.


















Honorary Fellow

This is the Guild’s highest honour and is awarded sparingly to recognise the high level of achievement of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the brewing industry. This honour is designated by a black striped ribbon on a cast medal.

Honorary Member

Honorary membership is awarded to a person distinguished in any of the technical, organisational or productive aspects of brewing who has been or may be of material assistance to the Guild or the brewing industry. Recipients would be elected to membership by the Guild and able to participate in Guild activities, but would have no vote and pay no membership subscription. This honour is designated by a red striped ribbon on a cast medal.

Life Membership

This is an honour awarded to a member who has given outstanding service to the Guild and its members over a sustained period of time.  Such a person may have actively served and promoted the Guild at a national level, creating a legacy for the good of the Guild. This honour is designated by a yellow striped ribbon on a cast medal.

Industry Achievement  Award

This award is made in recognition of a prolonged and outstanding contribution to the brewing industry of New Zealand not necessarily associated with the Guild. This honour is designated by a blue striped ribbon on a cast medal.

President’s Award

This award is made at the discretion of the President to recognise or reward someone who has aided their Presidency or who has made a worthy contribution to the Guild but who would not, in normal events, be eligible for other awards. This honour is designated by a cream ribbon on a cast medal.


Townshend Brewery named Champion NZ Brewery 2014

Champion NZ Brewery 2014 - Townshend Brewery

Nelson based Townshend Brewery has been named New Zealand’s Champion Brewery.  The announcement was made at the 2014 Craftology-Brewers’ Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards held tonight in Wellington.

Townshend beat stiff competition, with a record 670 beers from 84 breweries entered across 15 different categories this year.  In total, 74 New Zealand breweries entered the awards.

For more news and information on all trophy and medal winners, click here.


This is a gallery of edited images from the Awards Night. 

These images have been provided under a licence* which allows the free download and usage of these images by the Guild and any third party.   They can be downloaded in various file sizes according to your needs (web/print etc). Please feel free to use them for your own promotional needs.

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*In perpetuity license for the Brewers Guild of New Zealand - images remain the copyright of Big Mark Photography.

Brewers Guild Announces Additional IPA class for 2014


Brewers Guild Announces Additional IPA class for 2014

To recognise the growing use of New Zealand hops and hops of other origin in producing stronger IPA style beers the Brewers Guild of New Zealand has included a new class for entries in the 2014 awards - International Style IPA.

This will allow for beers brewed with hops of origin other than British and US with higher IBU’s and ABV’s than the current styles allow. This class will be included in the International Ale Styles trophy.

Additional information can be found at: or by emailing

Brewers Guild Announces New Champion Manufacturer Award


Brewers Guild Announces New Champion Manufacturer Award

The brewing landscape in New Zealand is constantly changing. To recognise the hard work and endeavours of manufacturing breweries, the Brewers Guild of New Zealand has introduced a new Champion Manufacturer award. Entrants will be asked to specify the production site where the entry was produced when entering their beers. All beers and ciders produced for any brewing company at this site will be eligible for this trophy.

Points are awarded per medal to find the Champion Manufacturer. These points are awarded to any beer entered based on the physical location (brewery) that produced the beer. Beers entered which are brewed under contract will need to specify the location where the beer is produced, likewise any brewing company with multiple brewing locations will need to specify which location produced each entry.

Scoring is as follows:

Gold medal = 3 points

Silver medal = 2 points

Bronze medal = 1 point

No medal = 0 points

The five highest scoring entries from each manufacturer will be included in the calculation. In the event of a tie, a countback to each manufacturer’s sixth-ranked (and subsequent) beers is then taken into consideration. Should one of the tied manufacturers have less overall entries than the other preventing a countback from occurring, the total number of points scored by each brewery shall be divided by that brewery’s total number of entries to give an average score per beer. The manufacturer with the highest average score shall be deemed the winner.

Festive and packaging medals do not count towards the Champion Manufacturer award. Medals must be awarded in at least three Trophy classes to be eligible for the Champion Manufacturer award.

The entries produced by the winning manufacturer will not be promoted by the New Zealand Brewers Guild in marketing of this award.

Additional information can be found at: or by emailing

Entries open for the 2014 Craftology-Brewers Guild Beer Awards


Entries are now open for the 2014 Brewers Guild Beer Awards brought to you once again by principal sponsor, Craftology.

“Craftology is a key brand in the market for our Super Liquor franchisees who are passionate about craft beer” says Super Liquor’s Marketing Manager Lynda-Anne Bodger. “Our sponsorship is our way of giving something back to the NZ brewing community. We are very excited to again be a part of this very special event dedicated to brewing and all things beer. We are looking forward to another great night!”

Last year’s event saw a record 541 entries, a creditable 35% of which received medals, 41 gold, 50 silver and 97 bronze, all judged by a select group of highly qualified and internationally respected beer judges.  

Last year’s event saw a record 541 entries, a creditable 35% of which received medals, 41 gold, 50 silver and 97 bronze, all judged by a select group of highly qualified and internationally respected beer judges. 

“New Zealand’s vibrant and diverse brewing industry offers the beer enthusiast an ever-increasing range of beer styles to choose from and the Craftology-Brewers Guild Awards event provides a platform to showcase and celebrate the very best ” says Ralph Bungard, Brewers’ Guild President. “The growing importance of the beer industry is a major factor in attracting sponsorship investment which we receive from a range of affiliated industries including agriculture, manufacturing, media and packaging. The grain to glass contribution of the beer industry is around $2.2billion to the NZ economy.” 

The 2014 Awards will be announced at a black tie dinner on the 21st of August at Wellington’s Shed 6. Open to both public and industry, the event will once again be hosted by well-known TV personality Te Radar, himself a passionate home brewer.

Along with several trophies dedicated to specific beer styles, the Awards dinner will also include the announcement of Grand Champion Brewery, for the brewery that accumulates the most awards on the night, the Morton-Coutts Trophy for innovation and excellence in the brewing industry, and the Annual Beer Writer of the Year award for outstanding contribution to beer journalism.

We are grateful for the generosity of all our 2014 sponsors, who span the affiliated industries of agriculture, manufacturing, media and packaging:


Tickets for the Awards Dinner can be purchased online here.

Beervana Trade Show announced


The inaugural Beervana Trade Show, aimed at developing business in the craft brewing industry, is being held at Westpac Stadium from 2pm to 4pm, on Thursday 21 August.

Sponsored by Charta Packaging, the Beervana Trade Show, which is being held the afternoon before Beervana opens to the public, is for the brewing industry, retailers, restaurants, bars, caterers, media and others wanting to develop their business with the brewing industry, with the aim of increasing trade for New Zealand brewers both here and in Australia. 

“Craft beer sales in New Zealand are on a strong growth trajectory, growing by 33 percent in grocery last year,” says David Cryer, “so the opportunities for continued growth in New Zealand and increasingly in exports to Australia are significant and we want to create a forum to encourage this.”

Charta Packaging is the major sponsor of the Beervana Trade Show.

Charta specialises in corrugated cardboard packaging and is the main supplier of box and display packaging to the wine industry.  "Charta Packaging's service levels, quality and capabilities make us a perfect partner for anybody in the craft brewing industry as we can deliver on all levels of corrugated packaging tailored to suit the needs of individual brewers or brands,” says General Manager Wayne Emerson.

The Beervana Trade Show will be held at the new Mezzanine Lounge at the stadium, which was opened in April and has views over the stadium and out to Wellington harbour.   Craft beer tastings will be on offer during the afternoon.

Media Contact:                                 Catherine Cordwell                                027 276 8209

Beervana Director:                          David Cryer                                                021 430 216

For any media wishing to attend the Beervana Trade Show, please register here:


Little Creatures (Australia) seeking Packaging Operator

Little Creatures

Packaging Operator

Little Creatures Brewing, one of Australia’s leading craft brewers, is looking for someone with mechanical skills to join our dynamic packaging team as a Packaging Operator. We are seeking someone who is personable, safety orientated, interested in machines and is passionate about beer. Knowledge of brewing processes would be highly advantageous.

Reporting to the Packaging Team Leader, you will keep the beer flowing into bottles and kegs, through the efficient coordination of equipment, materials and beer. You will operate all of the packaging and kegging equipment, as well as prepare and coordinate the delivery of finished product to the warehouse. You will perform cleaning and sanitation efforts to ensure the Packaging line is always ready for action. You will help the team achieve quality benchmarks through the completion of various quality line initiatives. You will be in tune with the equipment to perform basic maintenance and troubleshooting as needed.

The role is based in Fremantle, includes shift work, and is ideal for someone who is flexible, driven, career focused and keen to be a part of a team of flavour junkies and certified hopheads.

For more information and to apply please visit our website and follow the links to our job openings.

Please supply a cover letter (stating why you think you will be the best person for this position) and a current copy of your resume. For further information contact Menno Bakkers on (+61) 8 9338 8500.

Announcing the 2014 Festive Brew theme

Festive Brew theme 2014

The Brewers Guild is pleased to announce the theme for the 2014 festive brew:

Let’s… 'Salute Fallen Heroes'

2014 sees the 100th anniversary of the commencement of WW1 and likewise 25 April 2015 the commemoration of the Gallipoli campaign. Although Anzac Day, the anniversary of the first day of conflict, does not mark a military triumph, it does remind us of a very important episode in New Zealand's history. Great suffering was caused to a small country by the loss of so many of its young men. But the Gallipoli campaign showcased attitudes and attributes - bravery, tenacity, practicality, ingenuity, loyalty to King and comrades - that helped New Zealand define itself as a nation, even as it fought unquestioningly on the other side of the world in the name of the British Empire.

The Guild encourages brewers to encapsulate these attributes in  a beer. This beer must contain two ingredients integral in ANZAC biscuits, namely Rolled Oats and Golden Syrup. Extra creativity could be achieved with the additional use of flour, coconut, butter etc. As with previous Festive Brews, creativity is encouraged and will be rewarded by the judges and is essential to success in this class.

However, the beer must be absent of all technical faults (e.g. DMS). The beer will be judged on creativity, drinkability, overall appeal and technical merit. We remind members that:

  • The beer must not be commercially available until after Beervana.
  • A minimum of 200 litres must be available at Beervana.
  • Entries must be based on an existing 2013 Brewer’s Association Style Guide Beer Style.
  • The brewer must include the brewer’s notes detailing all ingredients used, anything specific or different in the brewing process, and the base beer style(s) upon which the entry is modelled. The proportion of the malt/sugar bill that is made of oats and golden syrup should be also stated.

The Guild asks that members be careful using the protected term of ANZAC:

See the Ministry of Culture and Heritage guidance on the use of the term Anzac here:

Basically brewers can’t use the term “ANZAC” as a stand-alone term on anything (eg. the label or name for the beer, eg. ‘Anzac Ale’). However terms such as ‘Anzac biscuit beer’ ‘Heroes Ale’ or ‘Salute Stout’ or other similar are acceptable.  
Dates for this year’s competition:

  • Entries Open: 30 June
  • Entries Close: 25 July
  • Physical entries MUST be received by 30 July.

Absolutely no late entries will be judged.

Renaissance does it again in OZ


The winners of the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) were announced at a gala dinner ceremony in Melbourne last night and Renaissance Brewing are bringing home the Champion Small International Brewery Trophy for the second year in a row.

Well done guys!!

Read the full announcement here.


Ladies - Pink Boots Society NZ Inaugural Meeting


Ladies and....Ladies.

Join Craft Beer Ambassador Denise Ratfield as she launches the introductory meeting of Pink Boots Society New Zealand and introduces Chapter Coordinator Ava Wilson.

This seminar is for female professionals in the brewing industry and will be held at Beervana at 6.30pm on Friday 22 August.

  • Find out how we are empowering women in the brewing industry through education.
  • See how we are raising worldwide awareness about who we are and what we do.
  • Experience the positive attitudes and influences of female leaders in the craft beer community.
  • Become inspired through an open exchange of ideas.

Martin Bennett, the sod .......turner


Martin Bennett of Twisted Hop fame gets hands on turning the first sod at the site of his new project, The Laboratory at Lincoln.

It's been a long road, but consents are done and the build is finally underway.

Join The Laboratory e-mailing list to keep informed of latest developments and news.  There may even be a party invite or two via the newsletter so sign up if you're keen to get an invite.

Other links:







Love Lisa and Martin (aka Prof. Dodsworth)

Micro Brewer | Sale St Brewery


Sale St Brewery Co Ltd has an exciting opportunity to bring on board a talented Brewer to join our team on a contract basis with an intriguing new concept in brewing.

  • Own the brewing concept of this business
  • Central Auckland location
  • Be the face of the brewery and the brand

You’ll be brewing beer, so naturally you’ll need a keen interest in the beverage and the ability to get stuck in and make it.  Using your interpersonal flare you will share your passion (and creations) with others such as beer writers and enthusiasts.  

You’ll be on the frontline talking with the drinkers as well as brewing the beer itself with the ability to give that personal touch to every batch you prepare.

This exciting opportunity will allow you to have exposure to all areas of brewing and production, including the planning and administration involved behind the scenes from the budget and financial restraints involved in brewery operations. Specific duties will include:

  • Recipe formulation
  • Management of entire brewing process
  • Stock control management
  • Equipment maintenance
  • Marketing & promotion
  • Health & Safety compliance
  • Staff training
  • Being the ‘face’ of the brand

You will ideally have brewery laboratory and technical skills experience; have excellent planning and problem solving skills, a good hand at working the numbers and an ability to showcase your first class communication skills.

To register your interest in this position, please forward your CV to:

Mark Jackson, Sale St Brewery

7 Sale St Freemans Bay, Auckland 1010

PO Box 911-421 Victoria St West, Auckland 1142

Zeelandt Brewery seeks Assistant Brewer


Zeelandt Brewery, in Eskdale, Napier, is looking for an assistant brewer.

This is an entry level position that will include tasks ranging from bottling, labelling, cleaning and assisting in the brewing process.

The position is full time and therefore suitable to a person who has decided to make a career in the brewing industry.

The successful applicant will be energetic and display a rounded set of experiences. The applicant must have initiative and be able to carry out tasks without supervision and with a high attention to detail.

Appreciation of the craft beer industry is absolutely essential and must be willing to learn and develop new skills.

Applications close June 13th 2014.

Please email CV’s to Christopher Barber

Or send to
Zeelandt Brewery,
14 Shaw Road,
Napier 4182.

DB Leading Light Scholarships - 30 May deadline


DB has partnered with the New Zealand Leadership Institute to provide ten Leading Light Scholarships which will be available to applicants from the South Auckland community, where DB Breweries' main brewery and head office is based.

"DB has operated from its Otahuhu location since 1930 when the brewery first opened so has been part of the South Auckland community for 84 years now. We want to give leaders from our local communities the chance to participate in this highly regarded leadership programme from NZLI at the University of Auckland Business School," says Matt Wilson, DB Corporate Relations Manager.

The DB Leading Light scholarships will enable ten South Auckland business or community leaders to take their leadership capabilities to the next level with this dynamic leadership programme. People who currently hold middle to senior roles from business, community or not-for-profit organisations are invited to apply.

Applications close on 30 May 2014.  Further info


Beer Writer of the Year Award 2014

2013 Beer Writer of the Year - Michael Donaldson for Beer Nation

The Brewers Guild is now calling for entries to the Beer Writer of the Year Award. This award aims to recognise outstanding contribution in the media by any individual and may be given for one outstanding contribution or a collection of contributions that together demonstrate an outstanding annual portfolio across a range or combination of media.

Contributions must centre on beer, brewing and/or closely related industry or issues surrounding them. All material must have been made publicly available from 1 May to 30 April over the year preceding the award.

Full details on the entry criteria and guidelines can be found here
Entries must be received by Friday 6 June 2014.

Submissions should be sent to the Brewers Guild.

Morton Coutts Trophy 2014

2013 Morton Coutts Trophy Winners, Jim and Doug Banks, with Te Radar

Nominations are now open for the 2014 Morton Coutts Trophy, which will again be awarded to the most outstanding nominee in any year that has brought a particular or outstanding innovation or achievement to the brewing industry in New Zealand.

Nominations must received by Friday 6 June 2014.

Send your nominations to the Brewers Guild.

Previous entrants are welcome to resubmit.


Tracy's Banner is flying high - Women of Influence Awards nomination!

Tracy Banner, Sprig & Fern - Women of Influence Awards Nominee 2013

Tracy Banner has been nominated and shortlisted by Fairfax Media for their prestigious annual nationwide “Women of Influence Awards”. The Women of Influence awards were established by Fairfax Media and Westpac to recognise the achievements being made by women across society.

This is an fantastic accolade, to even be considered amongst this esteemed list of peers shows the value and respect within New Zealand for Tracy’s contribution to business and brewing.

Read all about it.


McCashins strike Gold in London


Nelson based McCashin’s Brewery has once again swooped gold at this year’s prestigious Beer Challenge awards in London. 

McCashin’s Brewery picked up a string of awards including two Gold medals for the Stoke Bomber Smokey Ale and Stoke Bomber Oatmeal Stout, two Silvers for Stoke Dark and Stoke Bomber KPA and four Bronze medals for Stoke Lager, Stoke Amber, Stoke Pilsner and Stoke Bomber Biscuit Lager.

For seventeen years, this well-established and highly credited competition has attracted the ‘shrewdest of judges’ from the UK and Continental Europe.  This provides a unique spread of tasting experience to judge the increasingly high-standard of beers that enter each year.

Awards co-ordinator, Monica Tapias says “The level of knowledge and experience of the judges is striking”.

“The standard of beers entered in this year’s competition was very high and the judging panel were very impressed overall”.

McCashin’s Brewery General Manager, Andrew Murray, is thrilled with their latest international accolades and says “We are absolutely delighted to achieve these results at such a prestigious event and against the high standard of international company, and is excellent recognition and reward for our whole team at the brewery.”

This caps off a very successful twelve months for McCashin’s Brewery on an international level who also successfully took out three Gold medals at the industry recognised Asian Beer Awards in Singapore.

The medals were awarded to their Stoke Pilsner, Stoke Lager and Stoke Bomber Bohemian Ale. This world-renowned competition only awards one Gold medal per class in a field of nearly 700 international beers.

McCashin's Brewery Head brewer Sam Wilson and the team at the brewery are very comfortable to be judged by the quality and flavour of “what’s in the bottle”.  Success at international level in the markets McCashin’s Brewery has selectively chosen to enter helps with the continued export growth experienced by the craft brewery.  The brewery is actively in discussion with an interested party to export Stoke beer to the U.K. which will provide exposure for Stoke products in that market.

To run with the winning theme, they were also awarded a Gold medal for the Stoke Gold Ale at last year’s IBC event.

Established in 1981, McCashin's Brewery have planted solid footprints in New Zealand's craft beer category – and despite the 'craft beer explosion’, they continue to be leaders in the market, concentrating on the quality of ingredients to develop full flavoured beers true to the traditional styles.

Despite a flat market, the craft beer category continues to grow in New Zealand – and craft beer drinkers are becoming far more experimental in their approach to trying different styles of beers.

Still very hands-on with the operation of the brewery, the McCashin's family continue to innovate, new and exciting products to meet the increasingly discerning consumer palate.



For more information, quotes and images contact:

Andrew Murray 021 972610,

Free Workshop - Hosting Beer Festivals 19 Sep, Wellington


Hosting Beer Festivals Workshop - 19 Sep Wellington

Just a reminder that this workshop is scheduled to take place next Thursday, 19 September at the Rydges Hotel Wellington.   Following the passing of the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act 2012 (SSAA 2012) there will be a number of different obligations relating to anyone participating, organising and promoting events involving alcohol.

Because this issue is of such high importance to our industry, the Brewers Guild of NZ and the Brewers Association are jointly hosting a FREE workshop for the beer industry to assist with preparation for the entry into force of the SSAA2012 from 18 Dec 2013. Please circulate this information widely to anyone that you know may be interested in attending.

Aims of the Workshop:
- to inform participants of the main changes to the law under the SSAA 2012
- to discuss and identify key issues and workable solutions when it comes to hosting beer events 
- to discuss developing an industry code of good practice.  

This workshop will be valuable for anyone or any company that participates in or organises beer events, be they a small beer tasting event, or a major beer festival.  It is also critical for all those who produce, serve, and market beer to understand your obligations and responsibilities.  
The workshop will include presentations from the Ministry of Justice, the Police, the Health Promotion Agency (formerly ALAC), the Advertising Standards Authority, a Liquor Licensing Inspector, and Beervana's David Cryer, as well as practical examples of how different events manage the risks and enhance the positives.  NZ Police and ALAC put together some guidelines in August 2010 which are a helpful reference point.

Hosting Beer Events Workshop 
9:30am-4:30pm,Thursday 19 September
Rydges, Wellington

Special accommodation rates for the meeting available at Rydges of $209 incl GST for their Superior/Twin Room on 18 and 19 September.  Please contact Rydges directly to book on 0800 446 187 or via their website quoting “Beer Event Workshop”.

If you have any questions regarding registration details please contact Phillippa Boa.
If you have any questions regarding the content of the workshop please contact Jenny Cameron

Morton Coutts Trophy 2013 - Doug Banks & Jim Banks

Morton Coutts Trophy 2013 - Doug Banks and Jim Banks

Twin Brothers Honoured With Top Brewing Accolade

Twin brothers, Doug and Jim Banks, were doubly delighted to be awarded the Morton Coutts Trophy at the annual Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards.

The prestigious Morton Coutts Trophy is given to the most outstanding nominee, who has brought an outstanding innovation or achievement to the brewing industry in New Zealand.

The brothers, who between them have 70 years brewing experience, with Doug Banks this year celebrating 40 years of service at DB Breweries, were honoured to be recognized with the Morton Coutts award for a series of achievements. The brothers can personally remember working with Morton Coutts one of New Zealand’s influential brewing forefathers, so the award had extra significance. It is also the first time a DB nomination has won the trophy which was hotly contested by other notable contenders.

“We have both had great careers in brewing and our work has been a labour of love, inspired by our time spent with Morton Coutts, who truly was a man ahead of his time combining the art and science of brewing,” says Jim Banks.

Doug Banks, a keen beer historian also, says it is important to note that beer has always had a role in society since the earliest civilizations and that changes in brewing processes have always been achieved through numerous innovations, big and small, which no doubt will continue into the future.

“The current renaissance in brewing in New Zealand is great to see as a younger generation embraces beer but it is important for people to know about the history and social significance of beer, and how it has evolved. Jim and I are certainly proud to have played our part in brewing in New Zealand,” says Doug.

Andy Routley, Managing Director of DB Breweries, says that Doug and Jim are well respected brewers not only at DB but in the brewing world both in New Zealand and overseas. They are unassuming figures, preferring to simply get on with the job in good Kiwi style, so it was fitting that their longstanding service to brewing, excellence in innovation, commitment and quiet diligence was publicly recognized.

“Younger brewers and those coming up through the ranks, might not realize the debt of gratitude they owe to brewers like Doug and Jim Banks who have actively participated in the research and development of brewing barleys, hops and brewing microbiology in New Zealand. Both brothers have been generous with their time, energies and expertise in this area as well as the research and understanding of yeast in fermentation as well as other brewing innovations,” says Andy Routley.

“No matter if you are a small, medium or large sized brewery, the vital components of hops, malt and water are the working elements of beer that bonds all brewers. Doug and Jim have developed and improved the brewing processes using these elements for many years now, the art and science of brewing, so it is fitting that their contribution has been recognized and they take their rightful place in New Zealand’s brewing story,” concludes Andy Routley.

Doug Banks joined DB Breweries as a microbiologist then progressively moved into the area of quality and finally into the technical sector. Jim Banks has held the position of project brewer from the time he joined DB, 30 years ago, with his principal focus on new product development and the development of brewing technologies. Over their time with DB they have both played their part in the development of new brewing technologies, particularly in the development of Continuous Fermentation.

Working so closely together, the question has to be asked - do the brothers ever argue? Apparently this is a rare occurrence, and nine times out of ten it will be about brewing. But any disagreement it seems can always be sorted out by sharing a beer – of course.

Brewers Guild-Craftology Awards 2013 results

Renaissance Brewing-NZ Champion Brewery-Brewers Guild NZ Craftology Awards 2013

Congratulations to Renaissance Brewing on winning the Champion Brewery of NZ Award in the 2013 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards, brought to you by Craftology.

Congratulations also to all our major Trophy Winners, and all winners of the bronze, silver and gold medal winners.

The Catalogue of Results and imagery will be available for download soon, but meantime, a copy of last night's presentation with all the results can be viewed here or downloaded (free) here.

If you have any problems accessing these documents, please email us for a copy.

Trophy Winner Sponsor
NZ Champion Brewery Renaissance Brewing Dish
Champion International Brewery Boston Beer Company NZ Hops
European Lager Styles Cassells & Sons for Dunkel Weyermann Speciality Malts
International Lager Styles Townshend Brewery for  Oldhams Tap Riwaka Pilsner O-I
British Ale Styles Renaissance Brewing for Tribute Barley Wine Leading Label
Other European Ale Styles Emerson's Brewery for Dinner Bell Cryer Malt
US Ale Styles Tuatara Brewing for Tuatara American Pale Ale Pall Food & Beverage
International Ale Styles Lion - The Pride for Mac's Shady Pale Kiwi Labels
Stout & Porter Styles Wigram Brewing Company for The Czar Orica Chemnet
Wheat & Other Grain Styles Renaissance Brewing for Enlightenment Black the RIPA Beer & Brewer Magazine
Flavoured & Aged Styles (incl. Fruit / Spice/Herb/Honey/Smoke Three Boys Brewery for Three Boys Coconut Milk-Stout Farra
New Zealand Specific Styles Boundary Road Brewery for Haagen Lager Gladfield Malt
Speciality, Experimental, Aged, Barrel, Wood-Aged Styles Garage Project for Cockswain's Courage Double-Barrelled Edition Plant & Food Research
Cider & Perry Styles Good George Brewing for Drop Hop Cider Charta Packaging
Cask Conditioned Styles Townshend Brewery for Old House ESB AIBA/CBIA
Packaging Tuatara Brewing for Tuatara Range Endeavour
Festive Brew The Twisted Hop for Cheery Beervana
Morton Coutts Trophy for Innovation Doug Banks and Jim Banks DB Breweries
Beer Writer of the Year Michael Donaldson Brewers Guild


Beer Writer of the Year Award

Beer Writer of the Year 2013 - Michael Donaldson for Beer Nation

This award aims to recognise outstanding contribution in the media by any individual and may be given for one outstanding contribution or a collection of contributions that together demonstrate an outstanding annual portfolio across a range or combination of media.

Several high calibre entries were received for this award, but there could be only one winner, and Michael Donaldson took out the coveted title for his book about New Zealand's beer history, Beer Nation.

NZ Success at AIBA

Renaissance Success at AIBA

Congratulations to Renaissance Brewing Ltd who have taken the Champion Small International Brewery title at the Australian International Beer Awards, along with other NZ trophy winners:

City Of Ballarat Trophy For Best Australian Style Lager: Mac's Gold: Lion, Auckland;

Brewers Guild Of New Zealand Trophy For Best Pilsner: Mac's Hop Rocker: Lion, Auckland;

Good Beer Week Trophy For Best IPA: Superconductor: 8 Wired Brewing, Blenheim;

Labelmakers Group Trophy For Best Scotch Ale & Barley Wine: Tribute 2011 Barley Wine: Renaissance Brewing Ltd, Marlborough; and

Labelmakers Group Trophy For Best Packaging: Tuatara Brewing Co Ltd Pilsner Twelve Bottle Carton: Tuatara Brewing Co Ltd, Wellington.

Full AIBA results here.

Beer aficionado gives our beer workshops the thumbs up.

Hop to it

Our Certificate in the Craft of Beer Workshop programme gets a thumbs up from Geoff Griggs. 

Read his article here. (Marlborough Express)

Check out the November workshop dates and book now to secure your place.

New Advertising Standards Guidelines

Alcohol Advertising Standards Guidelines 2013

The Guild would like to notify our members of the updated Advertising Guidelines from the ASA, effective January 1, 2013.

Please take a moment to download these here and read them.

Of note is the recommendation for websites:

3(i) Websites that primarily promote an alcohol brand and contain games, competitions or other interactive activities shall have an Age Verification Page at entry. Verification shall be by way of input of the visitor’s date of birth.

Memebers who have any comments on these guidelines are welcome to contact the Guild.


UPDATE: Certificate In The Craft Of Beer Workshops - BOOK NOW!

The Brewers Guild Certificate In The Craft Of Beer

November Craft of Beer Workshops - new subsidy

These one-day workshops offer you the opportunity to achieve the formally recognised Certificate in the Craft of Beer, which sets the standard for beer knowledge in the hospitality and retail industries.

Check out the November workshop dates/Brewers Guild subsidy and book now to secure your place.



Sprig & Fern Take Out Best Bar Award

Sprig & Fern

Congratulations to Guild member The Sprig & Fern who won the best bar category at the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence announced in Wellington recently.

They took home the Awards for their Milton Street venue, you can read all about it here via the Nelson Mail online.


Brewer Wanted - Good George Brewing

Good George Brewing

We are looking another brewer for the Good George brewery based in Hamilton, New Zealand.

The role encompasses all facets of production with particular emphasis on a hands-on approach to brewing. 

The successful candidate requires at least 2 years brewing experience with Tertiary education highly desirable. The successful candidate will possess the ability to grow, with the opportunity to gain further education and develop a real buzz in an emerging beer market.

There is an excellent package on offer and an exciting and challenging position for the right applicant with the willingness to learn, great interpersonal skills and a drive to produce premium products at the highest of quality.

Please send full CV and references to:

Release: Steam Brewery Congratulates Tom

Release: Steam Brewery Congratulates Tom

Press Release: Another Qualified Brewer at Steam

11 September 2012

The Institute of Brewing & Distilling, a UK based members organisation dedicated to the training and education of the international brewing community, has recently released the results of their globally recognised qualification exams.

Logistics Manager and Quality Controller Mr Tom Ashton was one of the successful candidates sitting exams this year and Steam Brewing Company would like to congratulate him for his well-deserved pass marks. Well done Tom for passing your final exam (Diploma Module 3 – Process and Packaging Technology) and completing your IBD Diploma in Brewing.

Tom is extremely pleased to have attained the qualification and looks forward to receiving the official ‘IBD Diploma in Brewing Tankard’. “There are not many people in NZ able to use the post-nominals 'Dipl. Brew' and they are all quite intelligent” says Sam Williamson (Dipl. Brew). “Congrats Tom” adds Shane Morley (M. Brew).

The team at Steam Brewing Company have now completed four General Certificates, three Brewing Diplomas and a Masters in Brewing between their (now) 7 full-time staff. This coupled with the company’s comprehensive list of accreditation (and beer-awards tally) has gained them a highly regarded reputation in the contract packaging industry.

Steam Brewing Company would also like to take this time to welcome Stewart Hickford to their team. He has a comprehensive knowledge of packaging and will be a valuable member of the team.

Steam Brewing Company is a custom beverage team empowered by their brewing expertise. Their Otahuhu facility is able to blend, brew, package and pasteurize a wide variety of cold beverages and pack sizes.


In Memory of Barry Newman

Barry Newman - In Memory - Brewers Guild of New Zealand

Barry Newman passed away Saturday 25th August. He died peacefully with his wife Leonie and his daughter Marina by his side.

Barry Newman
Barry was nominated for the Morton Coutts trophy at this year's Awards by Shane Morley (Steam Brewing). Here's his recollections of a true pioneer and legend of our industry.

Shakespeare Tavern Brewery
The brewery at the Shakespeare was set up in 1986.  At that time the only breweries were Lion and DB; Macs in Nelson producing a range of beers; Jamie Jamison in Porirua operating a small brewery selling PET in the local market; and Stocken (sp?) in Henderson with a Robert Morten plant and packaging line. Newbegin were about to start up in Onehunga. Strongcroft in Petone followed later I think as did a brewpub in Tauranga.

Shakespeare was definitely innovative and ahead of it’s time. Overseas the first pub breweries had just started to appear in Australia with the Sail and Anchor in Freemantle in 1984 but there were few of them and most closed.  The Shakespeare has continued to operate to this day.

The Shakespeare was owned by Peter Barraclough, who put in the brewery to create a point of difference for the pub. He was a loyal DB customer and continued to keep DB on tap and drink it himself.

Barry Newman was recruited as the Brewer after the first brewer (also called Barry) quit before the brewery was completed. I think Malcolm Cheadle, the architect on the pub refit, recommended Barry for the job. Barry had previously been ‘sly grogging’ (to use his term), brewing and selling beer without a licence.

The Shakes differentiated itself from many who would come later and attempt to compete on price.  An early T-shirt had the slogan ‘twice the price but thrice as nice’. I don’t know if the selling price was twice that of DB but they certainly were out to produce beers that stood out. The only exception was possible the rather mainstream Barraclough lager, the only beer without a Shakespearean name.

The beers were an innovation in the NZ market at that time. Barry started making complex, hoppy bitter beers. There was nothing on the market like King Lear when he released it. 

Barry also experimented with some unusual ingredients. His chestnut beer was a standout, with fruity aromatic characters reminiscent of aroma hops from the nuts.

Barry also travelled to Japan and Vanuatu to assist with startup of brewpubs using the same equipment as the Shakespeare.

Barry and the Shakespeare were an important part of the growth of craft brewing in NZ, most if not all aspiring brewery startups would have visited the Shakespeare.

Barry made a huge contribution to the industry we admire today.

We honour his memory and our thoughts are with his family in this difficult time.


Thanks to NZBrewer's Flickr stream for the photo of Barry and Michael Jackson in 1999.


2012 Awards Round Up

Harrington's Breweries - 2012 New Zealand Champion Brewery - Brewers Guild of Ne

Another year, another Awards in the book. Congratulations to everyone who entered, everyone who won and Harrington's Breweries for taking out the Champion Brewery in New Zealand title.

Firstly, Thanks to all our judges, led by Brian Watson.

Craig Bowen (NZ)

Helen Matthews (NZ)


Richard Emerson (NZ) Leon Mickelson (China)
Colin Page (Singapore) Mark White (NZ)
Dave Nicholls (NZ) Leon Dawson (NZ)
Lachie MacBean (Australia) Shane Morley (NZ)
Jayne Lewis (Australia) Geoff Griggs (NZ)
Tracy Banner (NZ) Ian Kingham (Australia)
Søren Eriksen (NZ) Dave Bonighton (Australia)
Warren Pawsey (NZ) Kelly Ryan (NZ)


Matt Thompson Tammy Vitakangas
Wendy Roigard Sean Harris
Brendan Bransgrove  

Head Judge: Russell Brown (Public Address)
Simon Morton (This Way Up)
Richard Scott (This Way Up)
James Smith (The Crafty Pint)


Heather McClean Arron Cox
Cameron Jamieson Luke Larsen
Elena Norris Katie Ward
Justin Maher Jane McBreen
Steph Coutts Braden Rawinlson
Ryan McArthur Kieran Rawlinson
Joshua Cummings Paul Harrison
Chris Symonds  

We'd also like to acknowledge and thank our event organisers Dean and Lu from Convention Management NZ; our host Te Radar; all the volunteers - and many from SOBA - thanks again; Fork and Brewer for hosting our Mashing In launch night; and all who turned up and had a ball and Wellington for being a great place to host an Awards evening.

Thanks also to our sponsors, without whom we couldn't put on such an amazing evening, led by our naming sponsors Sutton Group.

Sutton Group Endeavour Glass
New Zealand Hops Weyermann 
O-I Plant and Food 
Cryer Malt   Zymus
Gladfield   Farra
Pall Leading Label  
Orica Beer and Brewer
Beervana Labelmakers

The Full Details of the Trophy Winners are below:

New Zealand Champion Brewery
Harrington's Breweries

Champion International Brewery
Boston Beer Co

European Lager Styles
Wigram Brewing Company
Munchner Dunkel

International Lager Styles
Tuatara Brewing Company
Tuatara Pilsner

British Ale Styles
Emerson's Brewery
Regional Best Bitter

Other European Ale Styles
Golden Bear Brewing
Pirate Peach Saison

US Ale Styles
Liberty Brewing Co
Yakima Monster

International Ale Styles

Stout & Porter Styles
Wigram Brewing Company
The Czar

Wheat & Other Grain Styles
Tuatara Brewing Co Ltd
Tuatara Hefe

Flavoured & Aged Styles (incl. Fruit/Spice/Herb/ Honey/Smoke)
Garage Project
Dark Arts

New Zealand Specific Styles
Boundary Road Brewery
NZ Pure

Specialty, Experimental, Aged, Barrel & Wood-Aged Styles
8 Wired Brewing
Grand Cru 2011

Cider & Perry Styles
Bulmer Harvest
Harvest Pear Cider

Cask Conditioned
Townshend Brewery
HM’s Black Strap Porter

Tuatara Brewing Company
Tuatara Range

Festive Brew
Garage Project
Ziggy’s Carrot Cake

Morton Coutts Trophy for Innovation
James (Jim) Pollitt

Brewers Guild New Zealand Beer Writer of the Year 2012
Phil Cook

Media & Marketing
There's been a good deal of media coverage which is great to see and we encourage all breweries who won access and use the official 2012 marketing materials.

We have created a page on the Guild site that contains all Awards marketing materials.

Access is by password only which is available on request.

We would remind all Members of the terms of use of these graphics, which was a condition of entry.

Sutton Group Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards 2012

Jed Soane (The Beer Project) has provided the following links to two awards galleries:

2012 Trophy Winners Gallery

2012 Awards Evening Gallery

These will be available in print resolution on request in the following days.

All winners will receive certificates over the coming weeks and at that time digital copies will also be available on request.

All requests are to be made to

Don't Forget
Full details of all the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and all awards can be downloaded by clicking here.

Sutton Group Brewers Of New Zealand Awards Results Announced

Sutton Group Brewers Of New Zealand Awards Results Announced

16 August 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 2012 New Zealand Champion Brewery Winner Announced

The Sutton Group Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards have been judged, with Harrington's Breweries (Christchurch) taking out the top honours to become the Champion Brewery in New Zealand for 2012.

In its eleventh year, the Awards continued to be strongly contested with 460 entries in 2012. This year saw increased support from local breweries, with 20% more New Zealand entries than in 2011.

The New Zealand focus continued with Brian Watson returning as Head Judge for a second year, and the Awards being handed out at a gala evening in Wellington hosted by the iconic entertainer Te Radar.

In 2012 the Guild introduced a Beer Writer of the Year Award, voted on by Russell Brown (Public Address), Simon Morton and Richard Scott (This Way up) and James Smith (The Crafty Pint).

The Full Details of the Trophy Winners are below:

New Zealand Champion Brewery
Harrington's Breweries

Champion International Brewery
Boston Beer Co

European Lager Styles
Wigram Brewing Company
Munchner Dunkel

International Lager Styles
Tuatara Brewing Company
Tuatara Pilsner

British Ale Styles
Emerson's Brewery
Regional Best Bitter

Other European Ale Styles
Golden Bear Brewing
Pirate Peach Saison

US Ale Styles
Liberty Brewing Co
Yakima Monster

International Ale Styles

Stout & Porter Styles
Wigram Brewing Company
The Czar

Wheat & Other Grain Styles
Tuatara Brewing Co Ltd
Tuatara Hefe

Flavoured & Aged Styles (incl. Fruit/Spice/Herb/ Honey/Smoke)
Garage Project
Dark Arts

New Zealand Specific Styles
Boundary Road Brewery
NZ Pure

Specialty, Experimental, Aged, Barrel & Wood-Aged Styles
8 Wired Brewing
Grand Cru 2011

Cider & Perry Styles
Bulmer Harvest
Harvest Pear Cider

Cask Conditioned
Townshend Brewery
HM’s Black Strap Porter

Tuatara Brewing Company
Tuatara Range

Festive Brew
Garage Project
Ziggy’s Carrot Cake

Morton Coutts Trophy for Innovation
James (Jim) Pollitt

Brewers Guild New Zealand Beer Writer of the Year 2012
Phil Cook

Full details of all the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and all awards can be downloaded by clicking here.

For all media enquiries please email

About The Brewers Guild
The Guild’s mission is to grow the value and quality of the New Zealand beer sector while maintaining integrity with its members, the Industry and the public as a whole.

The Brewers Guild of New Zealand operates as a collective voice for the brewing industry. The Guild’s aim is to reflect the majority view of its members in a transparent manner and to act with vision for the future of the New Zealand brewing industry through education, training and communication.


A Moment With Te Radar

Te Radar - Brewers Guild NZ Awards Evening MC

A few choice words from Te Radar on beer and hosting...

I have tried in the past to make my own beer. I have discovered that it is most assuredly not my forte.

Fortunately there are others far better equipped and qualified to brew beer than I, and for this I am eternally thankful.

They are currently producing some of the best beer I have ever had the pleasure of supping, and it is a constant source of delight to see and savour their skills as often as I can.

I once overheard a man in a bottlestore near Tauranga proclaim that “My grandfather drank (a particular mass produced beer that shall remain unnamed), My father drank it, and I drink it. It’s all they drank, and it’s all I drink”.

It was without doubt, one of the saddest things I have ever heard.  

May we never be that man.

Update on Ted

Brewers Guild of NZ News

The Guild would like to take a moment to update our members and the brewing community about Ted Verrity.

We apologise for the lack of communication in the first instance, however we have respected Ted and Frances' wishes for some privacy, but with their blessing we are happy to report that Ted is doing well after suffering a stroke, and is currently in rehabilitation at Keneperu (Wellington).

Frances says that Ted has walked unaided and his doctors are pleased with his progress. He hopes to be home in the next week.
Ted and Frances would like to take a moment to thank all those in the beer community who have been generous with their support and good wishes.

We know we speak for everyone when we send our thoughts and best wishes to them both at this time and we hope for Ted's swift recovery.

Announcing the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Writer of the Year Award

Announcing the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Writer of the Year Award

Announcing the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Writer of the Year Award

The Brewers Guild of New Zealand is proud to announce the inaugural Beer Writer of the Year award.

The award aims is to recognise outstanding contribution in the media by any individual over one calendar year.

The award may be made for media contributions ranging from one outstanding contribution to a collection of contributions that together demonstrate an outstanding annual portfolio.  All material must have been made publicly available from May 1st to April 30th over the year preceding the award.
Contribution in the media is not restricted to any one media format and may include a combination of print, television, film or social media amongst others.

Contributions must centre on beer, brewing and/or closely related industry or issues surrounding them. There is no caveat that articles necessarily show the brewing industry in a positive light but contributions should be informative, educational and/or entertaining

Applicants are asked to submit articles or portfolios to be judged before the closing date of 31 July. Submission must include copies or links to articles as appropriate, a list of the articles that are to be considered for judging and a brief cover letter explaining why the applicant merits the award of Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Writer of the Year.

The award will be presented at the annual Sutton Group Brewers’ Guild of New Zealand Awards, to be held in Wellington Thursday 16 August.

Applications should be made to:

Beer Writer Of The Year Award Application
The Brewers Guild of New Zealand

and emailed to or posted to PO Box 37281, Christchurch.


Media Release: Entries open for Black Rock Home Brew Competition

Beervana Black Rock Home Brew Competition

18 June 2012
Home Brewing celebrated at Beervana 2012
Entries open for Black Rock Home Brew Competition
Beervana and Black Rock announced today the inaugural Black Rock Home Brew Competition to be held at Beervana 2012.

The Competition is a chance for aspiring brewers to have their brews judged by Black Rock Master Brewer Kirsten Taylor, Taranaki brewing guru Joseph Wood from Liberty Brewing, and beer aficionados and home-brew advocates Simon Morton and Richard Scott from Radio New Zealand's 'This Way Up' programme.

“We constantly get emails from passionate home brewers wanting to show off their wares at Beervana,” explains Festival Director David Cryer. “This year, with Black Rock’s help, we can offer home brewers a chance to demonstrate their skill at the event.”

Black Rock Master Brewer Kirsten Taylor believes supporting home brewers is critical to grow a vibrant beer industry. “Home brewers are experimental by nature. Their quest for knowledge, to understand what makes good beer, often leads to brilliant results as they manipulate hops, malt and technique.”

“For producers like us, what home brewers do with our products is really inspiring. I’m expecting to see lots of innovation in the competition entries!”
She also believes that brewing for competition is often the catalyst for home brewers to become professional.

“Competitions encourage home brewers to look at what’s currently available and what styles or brands they might aspire to be able to brew like. It makes them focus on the consumer.

“Competition also often helps brewers break through barriers in the standard of their brews, as they pay more attention to sanitation and other aspects of the brewing process.  And of course the feedback gained from competition is invaluable too,” says Taylor.

Ten finalists will be chosen, including two runners-up and an overall winner. The finalists and winners will be announced at 9pm on Friday 17 August at Beervana Session 2. Every entrant will have an opportunity to talk to the judges after the winners are announced.

The winner will take home a GA double-pass to Beervana 2013, three 6-pack cases of malt extract of their choice from Black Rock, $200 voucher for Martin Bosley's restaurant, and a year subscription to Dish magazine. The runners-up will win a GA double-pass to Beervana 2013 and one 6-pack case of malt extract of their choice from Black Rock.


For further information contact Jessica Venning-Bryan, or 027 528 0257. Or visit

Media accreditation for Beervana 2012 can be completed online at

Yeastie Boys Crowned Champions at Asia Beer Awards

Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black

Hot on the heels of winning People's Choice at the Great Australasia SpecTAPular the Yeasties have done it again at the Asia Beer Awards.

Read Geoff Griggs article on the chaps and their recent success at the Marlborough Express by clicking here or the Press Release below.


Press Release Via Voxy

New Zealand brewing company Yeastie Boys capped off a whirlwind award-winning month when their flagship porter - Pot Kettle Black - headed off more than 350 beers to be crowned Champion Beer at the Asia Beer Awards in Singapore last weekend.

Pot Kettle Black, Yeastie Boys' fastest-selling beer, was awarded a gold medal and named champion Porter in the early rounds of the competition.

A second round of judging, which reviewed the top 10 point scoring beers of the entire event, resulted in the New Zealand beer being name Champion Beer of Festival.

"The results are certainly a who's who of breweries around the world, from the very biggest through to some of the smallest and most exciting ones" stated Yeastie Boys' Creative Director Stu McKinlay.

"We may well have been the smallest brewery in the competition, by volume produced, and were thrilled to pick up a gold medal. To take out the champion beer of the show, when you're up against breweries that are essentially your brewing heroes, is simply staggering. It's still quite hard to believe."

Category winners came from the traditional brewing powerhouses of Belgium, Germany, England and United States of America but also featured lesser-known brewing nations such as Belarus and New Zealand.

The win, arguably the biggest international award picked up by a New Zealand brewery in recent years, comes hot on the heels of another big victory for Yeastie Boys.

Their Earl Grey infused Gunnamatta, a 'Tea-leafed' India Pale Ale, picked up the top gong at Melbourne's Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular in May. Gunnamatta pipped 60 experimental beers, from 60 of the hottest breweries in Australia and New Zealand, to win the People's Choice award.

"These sorts of things always have the potential to open some pretty interesting doors for a small company with no sales team or marketing budget" said McKinlay. "Winning a couple of huge awards like this with such vastly different beers, and in close succession, proves yet again that we're anything but a one trick pony. It gives interested buyers the best possible indication that our beers are both pleasing to the general public and deemed technically perfect by the experts."

Yeastie Boys' Directive Creator, Sam Possenniskie, said the recent wins have come at the ideal time for the small company. "We've been around since 2008 and have an excellent track record in regards to winning awards but, having grown by more than 300% in the last year, we're only just making that giant leap from hobby business to what we'd consider a real business. These sorts of things are the perfect indication that we're maintaining that ideal balance between the growth of our business and the quality of our product." Possenniskie went on to praise the brewing team at Invercargill Brewery, where Yeastie Boys' production takes place: "Steve Nally and his team at Invercargill are doing an amazing job for us. We're pushing them in regards to volume, and the creative use of their brewery, but they just keep on coming up trumps. It's becoming a partnership not unlike Hadlee and Chatfield in the 1980s. We may be seen to be taking all the metaphorical wickets at one end but we couldn't do it without the consistency of the team at Invercargill."

The Yeastie Boys, who both still hold down unrelated day jobs, are certainly making some noise.

Pot Kettle Black is available through Yeastie Boys' distributors BeerNZ Ltd (New Zealand), Innspire Pty Ltd (Australia), Shelton Brothers (USA), Impex Beer (Europe) and Beer Bach (Singapore).


Kiwi craft brewery takes on the world and wins!

Croucher AIBA Winners

Press Release – Croucher Brewing Company

In the largest annual beer competition in the world, Rotorua’s own Croucher Brewing Pilsner has just scooped the pool. At the Australian International Beer Awards Croucher Pilsner won GOLD and TROPHY for BEST PILSNER.Kiwi craft brewery takes on the world and wins!

In the largest annual beer competition in the world, Rotorua’s own Croucher Brewing Pilsner has just scooped the pool.

At the Australian International Beer Awards Croucher Pilsner won GOLD and TROPHY for BEST PILSNER. Croucher Pale Ale also had success picking up a silver medal.

This is the latest in a string of accolades for the local brewers having won the title of New Zealand Beer Cup Champion in 2011, Champion International Lager and Champion New Zealand beer in 2010. Nigel Gregory from Croucher Brewing was hopeful that their beers would stand up well at the Australian Awards given their recent track record in NZ, “We’ve started to build some momentum with each of our range winning major awards over the last few years, and it is unbelievably satisfying after a lot of hard graft”.

While Croucher Brewing’s beers have long attracted critical acclaim from such wine critics as Bob Campbell MW, it has only recently gained recognition in the International Brewing Community. Part of the reason for this is an increased understanding and respect for New Zealand styled craft beers. Paul Croucher, brewer, said “We’ve been pushing New Zealand hops into otherwise classic styles of beer and in the past the Judges have complained our Pilsner wasn’t Czech enough and our Pale Ale wasn’t English enough. Now, new categories have evolved and Judges are happy to embrace the new styles coming out of New Zealand of which we like to think we are pioneers.”

While Croucher Brewing only began its push into the Australian market in late 2010, Australia already rivals New Zealand as the top market for its beer. “Australian’s are becoming beer savvy very quickly and despite their excruciatingly high excise tax there are still enough Aussies prepared to pay for something special.”

Sales of craft beer in New Zealand are also growing strongly, and that is against a backdrop of falling sales for mainstream beers. Mr Gregory said, “New Zealand produces many world class craft beers. It is a particularly exciting and dynamic segment of the liquor industry. We urge Kiwi’s to get out and support the craft brewers in their region, and discover the wonderful flavours of craft beer.”

The Croucher Brewing Company is owned by Nigel Gregory and Paul Croucher. It is a craft beer brewery established in 2004 and specialises in making beers that are delicious – not alcoholic soft drinks! Croucher Brewing won the Rotorua’s Emerging Business Of The Year in 2007 and since then has grown into one of New Zealand’s premier craft breweries exporting to Australia and Singapore. In 2011, Croucher Brewing opened BREW | Craft Beer Pub, its own retail pub focused on great New Zealand craft beer and beer inspired food.

Press Release: Yeastie Boys To Release Champion Beer

Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta

Yeastie Boys to release champion tea beer
Press Release
Yeastie Boys, 6 June 2012
For immediate use

Wellington's Yeastie Boys' this week announced the nationwide release of their trophy winning "Gunnamatta" India Pale Ale.  The beer, which beat out 60 other breweries to be crowned "People's Choice" at Melbourne's Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular last month, is a "tea-leafed" India Pale Ale that has taken Australasia by storm over the last few weeks.

The creation of this unique beer, which uses Earl Grey Blue flower tea instead of hops, saw the Yeastie Boys work through a variety of potential teas and tisanes with Wellington based tea company t Leaf T before picking the particular blend that Gunnamatta uses. Yeastie Boys Creative Director, Stu McKinlay, explains: "We went into developing Gunnamatta with quite a fixed idea, based around finding one of the robust single estate teas that we'd read about in the extensive menu, but the team at t Leaf T totally blew our mind with the options available.  We ended up choosing Earl Grey Blue Flower for its pungent perfume of citrus and floral notes, knowing immediately that this would work brilliantly in the type of base beer we had in mind."

"In many ways, it takes the celebration of the development of India Pale Ale one step further than normal" said Yeastie Boys' Directive Creator, Sam Possenniskie. "This kind of ale was shipped from England to India and, once emptied, those ships were filled with tea for the return journey. This beer also goes both ways." However, McKinlay has a different take on the beer. "Sam sure does come up with some interesting intellectual text but, to get directly to the truth of the matter, I just got fed up with chocolate and coffee beers being the trend du jour and thought it was time to put tea into the limelight. I grew up in a tea drinking family, so it has always been my hot drink of choice. We had tea with breakfast, morning tea, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, supper and before bed. We'd even slip a few in between just for tea's sake.  It was part tradition, part theatre - just like this beer is for us now!"

The Gunnamatta name, like many of Yeastie Boys creations, has caused some intrigue. McKinlay elaborates: "It's a beach break on the southern coast of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula and it inspired a Paul Kelly song of the same name on his 2004 album Ways and Means.  As the beer was initially developed for an Australian based beer festival, we wanted it to be inspired by Australian music in some way. We took some wild conceptual rides before Gunnamatta's surf rock left us with a vision of surfing, good friends, a few beers and lots of cups of tea.  Using tea in a beer was one of hundreds of ideas gestating in Stu's head, so the music just induced a pre-existing idea."  The Yeastie Boys asked Paul Kelly if it was okay to mention his name in beer's story on the label and Kelly generously replied with the okay and a nice touch of editing. "As a long time fan, that was probably more exciting than wining the People's Choice," gushed an exuberant McKinlay "we've promised to send him some beer when it hits Australia's shores."

Despite numerous requests, from beer geeks and knitting groups, there are currently no plans to add the beer to Yeastie Boys' leftfield regular range.  As Sam Possenniskie explains "We're quite sure it's popularity is linked to the transit of Venus. We'll brew enough to last us through to spring and then we'll think about releasing it again in 2117."

Gunnamatta will be available nationwide from 11th June, for several months, through Yeastie Boys' distributor BeerNZ Ltd.  It will be available in Australia from early July through Innspire Pty Ltd.

The Yeastie Boys already have plans for the beer that will win them the People's Choice at the Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular in 2013.

Gunnamatta technical information:
Malt: Golden Promise Pale Malt, Carapils, Caramunich, Wheat
Hops: Pacifica, Motueka, Southern Cross, Pacific Jade
Tea: Earl Grey Blue Flower from ”t leaft T”
Yeast: “Chico” (US ale)
Alcohol: 6.5%abv
Bitterness: 52ibu

About Yeastie Boys:
Yeastie Boys is a multiple award-winning Wellington based meta-brewery having more fun than everyone else.  The brainchild of Stu McKinlay and Sam Possenniskie - two of New Zealand's leading beer activists - the brewery has been picking up trophies and receiving critical acclaim since 2008. The only brewery to ever win two trophies for a single beer at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand beer awards (for their flagship Pot Kettle Black), they are also one of the few breweries to regularly receive hate mail (for their infamous Rex Attitude).  They're pleased to report they occasionally receive love letters too!  Yeastie Boys occasionally use Comic Sans in their press releases, just because everyone else hates it so much.

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Beervana Gears up for the 11th Edition in Wellington this year

Beervana 2011 Beers from the North

Beervana’s success lies is in the sheer number of breweries and diversity of brews on show. In 2011 they hosted more than 200 brews, from over a whopping 80 breweries, and in 2012 they expect it to be even bigger and better!

The bright new website is up with photos and videos from 2011, along with an invitation to all the Breweries, Sponsors and Volunteers that wish to be involved for the event in Wellington on August 17th & 18th this year.


You can either take a tap on one of the regional Beervana bars, or staff your own brewery bar.
On a Beervana bar, your beer will be represented alongside brews from other breweries in your region. Beervana staff are available to serve your beer but they encourage you to get behind the bar and make the most of the great opportunity to talk to consumers.

Brewery bars give you the opportunity to have a distinct brand presence at Beervana. They brewery bars sit alongside the regional Beervana bars so visitors can find you easily, but you have sole branding rights and the ability to have your whole team at your bar talking about your beer with patrons.


The Beervana volunteers are the backbone of the event. Over two days they do more than 200 jobs to make sure the event runs smoothly. Put simply, Beervana would not be possible without the support of the volunteer force.

Volunteers are asked to work one session, in return for a free ticket, t-shirt and tokens for another session of their choice. The jobs they ask volunteers to do range from handing out starter packs to pouring beer to assisting with the seminars. Every job, no matter how big or small, is important.


A range of sponsorship options are slao available for enlightened businesses looking to connect with discerning consumers and the brewing industry’s decision makers.

To find out more information, or fill in a registration form got to the event website here

The Great Kiwi Beer Festival Raises Hops & Enjoyment in Christchurch

Huge crowd at the Great Kiwi Beer Festival 2012 in Christchurch

Over ten thousand people from Canterbury and around New Zealand, attended the Great Kiwi Beer Festival in the sun at Hagley Parkon the Saturday the 25th February, for what some said was the biggest beer festival in New Zealand.

Team Event director Callam Mitchell, who is part of the group that runs and owns the festival, said he was thrilled with the response.

More than 100 different beers from 40 brewers, as well as a few ciders and wines, were on offer at the festival. The event was focused on savouring craft beers rather than consuming vast quantities, with beer appreciation and food-matching seminars also provided.

The live music entertainment will include The Black Seeds, AHoriBuzz, The Nudge, The Unfaithful Ways and DJ's Nacoa and Seth Hamilton.

"The vibe and the atmosphere was really positive, and there was a great mix of people too."said Team Event director Callam Mitchell, who is part of the group that runs and owns the festival.

Mitchell said the crowd was well-behaved, with only three evictions and one arrest during the eight-hour event.

Some attendees had flown down from Auckland and Wellington for the festival, while beer writers from the United States and Australia were also present.

"There was some real genuine interest in beer appreciation ... there was a lot of dialogue going on with the brewers from people who were really interested about beer, " Mitchell said, and we couldn't agree more!

See the event website here

AIBA Clarification on Contract Brewing for Awards Entries

AIBA Clarification on Contract Brewing for Awards Entries

There has been a bit of discussion online about entry to the AIBA so the Guild thought that we would post the following clarification around entry, with thanks to Sam Williamson from Steam for his enquiries.

The AIBA have released a full explanation of how the system works, to read the document please click here
International Breweries can contact if they wish to send smaller quantities to the AIBA this year.

Contract Breweries

Contract Brewed beers (such as "Bill's Hightail Ale" which is brewed at Steam Brewing) can be entered into the AIBA and will show up in the results booklet and certificates as:
Best Ale
Bill’s Hightale Ale
Bill’s Brewery,
Class X, Exhibit X
However the medal tally points from this result will not go towards Steam's Champion Brewery tally. Contract Brewed beers cannot win champion brewery unless entered by the Brewery that it was brewed at.
Remember, entries close 24th Feb (Tomorrow).

More info at the AIBA website

Brewers Guild Awards & Mashing In 2011 Photos Online

Brewers Guild Awards Throphy Winners Cassels and Sons

Congratulations again to all the winners - and participants - in the Sutton Group Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards last week, and of course to 8 Wired Brewing for taking out the supreme award.
To all winners you will be receiving certificates soon if you have not done so already, and digital versions are available by contacting
The first round of Awards images - the Trophy Winners - are online now thanks to Jed Soane at his Beer Project Gallery (and whilst you're there have a look at his other amazing work). If you require high res versions of these images please contact
Finally for those that attended Mashing In there is an online image gallery here to view.
We will post more media as it comes to hand.

2011 New Zealand Champion Brewery Announced

Soren Eriksen 8 Wired 2011 New Zealand Champion Brewery Announced

The Sutton Group Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards have been judged, with 8 Wired Brewing taking out the top honors to become The Champion Brewery in New Zealand.
With 465 entries in 2011, the Awards drew the biggest entry tally since their inception in 2001, up from 446 in 2010 and 348 in 2009.
In its tenth year, the Awards are run by the Brewers Guild of New Zealand who represent the majority of breweries in New Zealand.

Full Details of the Trophy Winners

New Zealand Champion Brewery
8 Wired Brewing
Champion International Brewery
Boston Beer Co
European Lager Styles
Steam Brewing Company
Cock & Bull German Pilsner
International Lager Styles
McCashins Brewery
Stoke Amber
British Ale Styles
Harrington's Brewery
Pig & Whistle
Other European Ale Styles
Tuatara Brewing Co Ltd
Tuatara Ardennes
US Ale Styles
Epic Brewing Company
Epic Armageddon IPA
New Zealand & International Ale Styles
Emerson's Brewery
Emerson's Oreti Red
Stout & Porter Styles
Three Boys Brewery
Three Boys Oyster Stout
Wheat & Other Grain Styles
Tuatara Brewing Co Ltd
Tuatara Hefe
Flavoured & Aged Styles (incl. Fruit/Spice/Herb/ Honey/Smoke)
8 Wired Brewing
The Big Smoke
New Zealand Draught
DB Breweries Ltd
Tui East India Pale Ale
New Zealand Lager & Premium Lager Styles
Lion Breweries
Speights Summit Lager
Specialty, Experimental, Aged, Barrel & Wood-Aged, Reduced Alc./Carbohydrate & Gluten-Free Styles
8 Wired Brewing
Barrel Aged Big Smoke
Cider & Perry Styles
Camla Farm
Camla Farm Cider
Cask Conditioned
Cassels & Sons Brewing Co. Ltd
Milk Stout
Moa Brewing Company
Moa St Josephs Magnums
Festive Brew
Emerson's Brewery
Emerson's Black Op
Morton Coutts Trophy For Innovation
The Yeastie Boys
Full details of all the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards can be downloaded below.
For all media enquiries please email

Download the Full Results Sheet below

Sutton Group Brewers Guild NZ Awards 2011 Full Results.pdf1.43 MB

Yeastie Boys Create the Worlds First Known Whisky Beer

Stu McKinlay from Yeastie Boys holding the infamous Rex Attiude

From comes a great write up on the Yeastie Boys latest effort, the much anticpated and debated Rex Attitude. They say is the world's first "whisky-beer", a golden ale made from 100 per cent peat-smoked, Scottish distilling malt.
Here's to the world's first known whisky-beer
Michelle Duff
It's said to taste like bacon, smoked kippers or medicine – so if you don't savour the world's first known whisky-beer, you'll definitely be spitting it out.
Wellington brewers Yeastie Boys have developed what they say is the world's first "whisky-beer", a golden ale made from 100 per cent peat-smoked, Scottish distilling malt.
"We thought we'd have a crack at it, and when we tasted it I knew we were going to have a winner," brewer Stu McKinlay said. "I didn't really think it would result in that – I thought it would be so intense it would be undrinkable."
Since then he and business partner Sam Possenniskie have heard the taste compared to bacon, medicine, coal tar and smoked kippers, and admit "Rex Attitude" won't be for everyone.

Find out more about Yeastie Boy's
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Photo: Andrew Gorrie / The Dominion Post

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