About the NZBA

Held annually, the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards are held in esteem worldwide due to the reputation of all involved in judging, organising and staging the event, with a world class selection of judges from New Zealand, Australia, America and beyond.  This diversity of background and quality of judge ensures that the Awards have a huge reputation across the globe as one of the most prestigious accolades a brewer can win.

NZBA 2024 - Expression of Interest for Judges and Stewards is now OPEN

Keen to express your interest in being a judge or steward at the 2024 New Zealand Beer Awards? Read on to find out more and submit your application.
When and where is judging taking place?

The New Zealand Beer Awards Judging will take place on the 3rd - 5th July 2024 at Riccarton Park in Christchurch.  

Express Your Interest

We always receive more applications than places available. Not every person will be selected every year. While being selected as a participant is a privilege – (and we ask that you treat it as such) we are very grateful for everyone involved who gives up their time to volunteer for the competition. We could not run the competition without you! Both Stewarding and Judging are key components to running a successful competition. 

Successful applicants will be advised by email at the end of April.

Click on the link below to apply.  Expressions close Thursday 4th April 2024 at 6pm.  

Expression of Interest Form


Key Dates

Expressions of Interest for Judges and Stewards Open 8 March 2024
Expressions of Interest for Judges and Stewards Close 4 April 2024
Online Entries Open  8 May 2024
Online Entries Close 16 June 2024
Send Entries to GVI Logistics, Christchurch  20 - 26 June 2024
Judging - Riccarton Park, Christchurch 3 - 5 July 2024
Awards Presentation Evening, Auckland 3 August 2024

Please note: Guild members receive a discounted rate to enter the NZBA (your Guild membership needs to be paid in full, or monthly payments need to be set up to access the discounted rate).


NZ Beer Awards - 2023 RESULTS

If you want to try these beers in the beautiful places they are made you can find them all on the NZ Ale Trail.


Champion Trophies, Beer Trophies and Industry Awards

Celebrating success and quality in beer, we will soon be publishing the 2024 Entry Guide which will outline the full details including the classes, trophies and industry awards.  

Champion Trophies

Champion New Zealand Exhibitor
Champion New Zealand Beer
Champion Large New Zealand Brewery
Champion Medium New Zealand Brewery
Champion Small New Zealand Brewery
Champion Micro New Zealand Brewery
Champion Manufacturer 

Trophy Classes

International Lager
NZ Styles 
Amber / Dark Lager
British Ale
European Ale 
Amber / Dark Ale
International Pale Ale
Stout & Porter 
Wheat & Other Grain
Fruit & Flavoured
Specialty & Experimental 
No & Reduced Alcohol
Barrel & Wood-Aged

Industry Awards

The New Zealand Beer Awards celebrates and recognises quality not only in beer but in the broader organisations and individuals that make the New Zealand brewing industry so vibrant. 

Packaging Award

Packaging is a critical component in determining the commercial success of a brewing business.  Design, aesthetics and utility all play a significant role in getting great beer in the hands of the consumer.  The Packaging Award recognises the achievements of New Zealand brewing businesses in this important aspect of our industry.

Beer Tourism Award

The Tourism Award aims to raise the standard of beer tourism experiences in New Zealand and recognises an outstanding contribution by brewing businesses and operators to enhancing the beer experience for domestic and international tourists.

Brewing Sustainability Award

The award for Brewing Sustainability honours businesses from throughout the grain to glass supply chain in New Zealand that are implementing projects, policies and initiatives that have a positive impact on the environment.

Morton Coutts Award for Innovation

Kiwis are born innovators, and we believe innovation is worth celebrating.
The Morton Coutts Award for Innovation is a celebration of the creative Kiwi spark. The award is
designed to recognise individuals with smart ideas and out-of-the-box innovations. So, if you have
had a bright idea, whether it is a simple tweak you made to the way you brew, package or deliver a
product, a new process that makes customer service smoother, or a smarter way of running your
brewery, it’s your turn to shine.
Your innovation could involve a product, service, technology or process from within the brewing
supply chain in New Zealand, and all innovative ideas will be considered regardless of size or scale.

Sponsorship Opportunities

We have sponsorship opportunities available for those businesses and corporate partners who want to be a part of NZBA '24.  There are sponsorship opportunities for Beer Trophies and Industry Awards. As always, first right of refusal goes to the previous years sponsors and then then opportunities will be released. 

The Sponsorship Prospectus for 2024 is now available, if you would like a copy please email melanie@brewersguild.org.nz



Previous Years' Results

You can view the Catalogue of Results from previous years of the New Zealand Beer Awards by clicking on the  following annual links:

2022, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007