NZBA 2023 Competition Information

Now in its 18th year, the New Zealand Beer Awards recognises excellence in the production of beer, and in the broader brewing industry. The NZBA are the most prestigious awards in New Zealand’s brewing industry.

The NZBA are open to any brewery or beer brewing business in New Zealand. You do not have to be a Brewers Guild Member to enter the NZBA.  International entries are also accepted in the International categories.  Please see te Entry Guide for full details.

Entry Guide

If you're interested in entering the NZBA, please take the time to read carefully over the Entry Guide. You may find it helpful to have the 2023 (US) Brewers Association Style Guidelines on hand also.

New Entry guide and Style Guidelines will be uploaded shortly.

2023 NZBA Entry Guide

2022 (US) Brewers Association Style Guidelines 

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.

There is no charge to nominate a recipient for the Morton Coutts Award. Entrants may self-nominate or nominate others.

Entries will soon be open for the Morton Coutts Award 2024

Online Entry Portal

You will again be using the online portal entry to submit your entries. For some help and tips on using the portal, please read over the NZBA Entry Portal Help document 

If you need support using the entry portal, please email

Key Dates

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).

FREE Konvoy Kegs Offer for Guild Members

As the official sponsor of the NZ Beer Awards Judging, Konvoy Kegs are once again delighted to offer all Brewers Guild members their 30L slimline kegs for your 2023 NZBA entries - FREE. 

The Brewers Guild encourages our members to use official Judging Sponsor Konvoy Kegs for entering into the Awards - they've got 30L kegs free to our members, which means you don’t need to worry about collection at the end of the event!

You don't need to already be a Konvoy Kegs customer to take advantage of these kegs - they're here to support all Guild member breweries in your quest for trophies with their new fleet of 30L kegs - they're here for your beer!

Keg Details

  • Standard D-type valve
  • 600mm tall, 290mm diameter
  • 3kg weight

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