About the Awards

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.


15 years ago Richard Emerson filed the paperwork in Dunedin to form the Brewers Guild of New Zealand.  And so we thought there was no better way to celebrate 15 years' of industry collaboration than to return to where it all began.

We are very excited that  AWARDS'21 will take place in Dunedin at the Town Hall on the evening of Saturday, 16 October 2021.

We can't wait to get together with you all!

AWARDS'21 Dinner MC - Jesse Mulligan


We are thrilled that Jesse Mulligan is joining us as the MC for AWARDS'21.

Most of us know Jesse from one of his roles as host of The Project or the Afternoons programme on RNZ National. But he's no stranger to beer - hunting out Aoteroa's best beer experiences as a travel writer for the NZ Herald.


Champion & Trophy Awards

Winners of the 2021 Brewers Guild of NZ Beer Awards will be announced at the gala dinner being held in Dunedin, New Zealand on Saturday 16 October 2021.

Champion Trophies

Champion New Zealand Exhibitor
Champion New Zealand Beer
Champion Micro New Zealand Brewery
Champion Small New Zealand Brewery
Champion Medium New Zealand Brewery
Champion Large 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
Barrel & Wood-Aged

Industry Awards

The Brewers Guild of 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.


Morton Coutts Award

The Morton Coutts Trophy is a prestigious award designed to recognise outstanding innovation and/or achievement in the brewing industry of New Zealand. 

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 Media Award

The Beer Media of the Year award aims to raise the standard of media for beer in New Zealand and recognises an outstanding contribution in the media by any individual over the previous calendar year.

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.

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.

2019 Awards Entry Data

Previous Years' Results


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

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