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Announcing the 2014 Festive Brew theme
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: http://www.mch.govt.nz/nz-identity-heritage/anzac-day/anzac-guidelines
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.