Brewers Guild of New Zealand

The NZ Beer Awards is a competition organised annually by the Brewers' Guild to celebrate excellence in the brewing industry, which includes beer, innovation/achievement and beer writing.

The Awards are held in esteem worldwide due to the reputation of all involved in organising, staging and judging 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 presitgious accolades a brewer can win.

This year the results of 2018 Brewers Guild of NZ Awards will be announced at the gala dinner being held in Nelson, New Zealand on Saturday 15 September 2018.


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Awards Entry Information

NZ Beer Awards 

We recommend you read the ENTRY & STYLE GUIDE 2018  for full entry information


Entries Open: 
Monday 23 July 2018. 
The On-Line Entry Link will be available here on the 23 July.

Entries Close: Friday 17 August 2018

Entries Must be Received:  Physical Entries must be received in Christchurch by Wednesday 22 August 2018 (see delivery address in Entry and Style Guide 2018 below) 

Judging:  Friday 7 to Sunday 9 September 2018



Entry will be available online with credit card payment only. Fees include GST

Brewers Guild Member rate*: NZ$135 per entry (paid-up Brewery members)  

Non-member rate**: NZ$235 per entry*

*   Only NZ breweries are eligible for Brewery Membership of the Brewers Guild

** Eligible non-members who join the Guild prior to the entry closing date will receive a refund of $100 per entry.  If a Non-Member enters at the Members rate, they will be invoiced the difference by the Brewers Guild of NZ.  All invoices must be paid in full to be eligible for judging.

An invoice/receipt will be generated upon payment and emailed to you for your records.

A ‘Brewers Dozen’ incentive is offered to all 2018 Members. Any 2018 Member entering 12 beers will receive their 13th entry free. This discount is not calculated in the online ordering system but will be refunded to the entrant at the conclusion of the competition.  You must email us with your bank account details so the refund can be made.

Beer Writer of the Year Award

This award recognises excellence in the art of beer writing.  Applications close on Friday 10 August 2018.  Please see here for entry details.

Morton Coutts Trophy

This Award recognises innovation and/or outstanding achievement in the brewing industry.  Applications close on Friday 10 August 2018. Please see here for entry details. 


Entries are judged anonymously over three days by a closed panel of 30 national and internationally qualified judges and trainee judges. The judging process is blind and sees a panel of judges assess each beer individually against the style guide for each category for aroma, colour, bitterness, flavour and presentation as well as for overall balance. This process results in suitably worthy entries receiving Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals. A number of like styles are rolled together to form Trophy Classes. For those beers commercially available (ie that any member of the public has reasonable/fair access to purchase the beer) in New Zealand, each class has a Trophy awarded to a single entry, crowning this entry as the absolute best example of brewing to the grouped category style. 

NZ Beer Awards - Entry and Style Guide 2018