Awards Entries

The New Zealand Beer Awards are conducted by the Brewers Guild of New Zealand. Now in their 13th year, the Awards recognise excellence in the production of beer, and in the broader industry.

Follow the entry information below carefully.

Important Dates

Entries Open 26 August, 2019
Entries Close 20 September, 2019
Physical Entry Deadline 25 September, 2019
Beer and Cider Judging 10-11 October, 2019
Awards Night 19 October, 2019

Entry Booklet Cover

The Brewers Guild of New Zealand Entry Booklet references the 2019 (US) Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines which have been used with permission of the US Brewers Association.   

The 2019 US Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines can be found HERE. 

Please refer to the Frequetly Asked Questions below

 

Industry Award Entries

 To Enter the Industry Awards please ensure you have read the 2019 Entry Booklet and submit your information using the appropriate forms below:

Morton Coutts Award

Packaging Award

Beer Media Award

Brewing Sustainability Award

Tourism Award

Beer & Cider Entries

To enter the Awards make sure you have:

1. Reviewed the 2019 Entry Booklet;

2. Confirmed the entry category in the 2019 Entry Booklet and 2019 (US) Brewers Association Style Guidelines; and 

3. Complete the Entry Form and made payment. 

  

Frequently Asked Questions

To help clear things up, we've put together some common questions around awards entries

 

Commercial Packaging Requirements

Question: Can we enter our beers by submitting bottles of our beers without a specific label for each one? i.e. We are a brewery that serves its beers on premise and through take away riggers.  All of our beers are commercially available but we do not have packaging for each beer type.  We have a generic rigger label that when a customer orders a beer in we fill out by hand the beer name and alcohol content. 

Answer:  The primary way that your beer is commercially available to consumers is on tap – that is as draught beer.   You are required to submit the beer as a keg with detailed labelling.

 

Keg Sizes

Question: We have already brewed a beer and it is in a 50L keg.  If we arrange with you prior, can we submit a 50L keg?

Answer:  No. There are a range of reasons why the competition does not accept 50L kegs.  If beer is submitted in a 50L keg it will be disqualified as not complying with the entry rules and will not be judged.

 

Disqualified Beers

Question: If my beer or cider is disqualified by the competition can I get a refund of my entry fee?

Answer: No. If an entry is non-compliant with competition rules, or the physical exhibit does not match the online entry form and is scratched from the competition the entry fee will not be refunded. 

Online entry forms are final and no changes can be made after they have been entered.  It is the entrants responsibility to ensure the information is accurate.

 

Different Package to Entry Form

Question: When I entered online- I thought I was going to include bottles but now want to send a keg can I do this?

Answer: No. If the physical exhibit does not match the online entry form it will be scratched from the competition as non-compliant.

Online entry forms are final and no changes can be made after they have been entered.  It is the entrants responsibility to ensure the information is accurate.   We recommend taking the time to complete the form, or having a second person review the information to ensure accuracy.