The New Zealand Beer Awards 2022 winners have been announced, as New Zealand’s brewing industry celebrated at multiple locations across the country.
This year the Guild saw 828 beers entered in the competition across 119 different style classes, which, according to Brewers Guild Executive Director Melanie Kees, was just a handful off the 2021 number of entries.
“We’re thrilled that the entry numbers continue to stay strong, and it was also great to see many new breweries enter this year, many of whom received medals,” she says.
“In fact, this year’s success rate at gaining a medal was 62%, up 10% from last year.”
The addition of a new No & Reduced Alcohol trophy also proved popular, with 29 entries in its first year.
Judging took place in Christchurch where 29 judges, 22 stewards and six support staff poured, delivered and tasted the 800 plus beers.
With travel across the Tasman back to normal, the judging team was joined by four Australian judges, including Head Judge Tina Panoutsos.
The awards’ main celebration was based at Emerson’s brewery in Dunedin and was live streamed to six other locations across New Zealand.
The big winners on the evening included Christchurch Brewery, Three Boys, taking out the top gong as Champion Exhibitor, and Garage Project wining New Zealand’s Best Beer with Chance, Luck and Magic.
The Awards also celebrate the wider brewing industry with awards for Beer Media, Sustainability in Brewing, packaging and beer tourism.
You can find the list of Champion, Trophy, and Industry Award winners below and click here for the full catalogue of results.
Champion Award Winners
Champion Micro Brewery
Kainui Brew Co
Champion Small Brewery
Champion Medium Brewery
Behemoth Brewing Company Auckland
Champion Large Brewery
Te Aro, Wellington
Champion New Zealand Exhibitor
Three Boys Brewery
Champion New Zealand Manufacturer
Steam Brewing Co
Champion New Zealand Beer
Garage Project – Chance, Luck & Magic
Three Boys Brewery – Three Boys Lager
New Zealand Style
Baylands Brewery – Slope Shredder
Sawmill Brewery – Sawmill the Doctor
The Emerson Brewing Company Ltd – Emerson’s Old 95
Garage Project Brewery – Chance, Luck & Magic
Altitude Brewing – Snow Dance
International Pale Ale
McLeod’s Brewery – Paradise Pale Ale
No & Reduced Alcohol
Behemoth Brewing Company – Low Hanging Fruit, Blood Orange and Passionfruit Edition
India Pale Ale
Liberty Brewing Company – C!tra
Good George Brewing – Haze of Glory
Stout & Porter
Altitude Brewing – Starlight Highway
Wheat & Other Grain
Badass Beverages – Hefe Metal
Fruit & Flavoured
Kainui Brew Co – Rose Saison
Specialty & Experimental
Brood Fermentation – Fejoa & rye
Wood & Barrel Aged
Lumberjack Brewing – From the Woods – 2020 Saison
Industry Award Winners
Brewing Sustainability Award
Beer Tourism Award
Wellington Culinary Events Trust – Beervana
Double Vision Brewing
Beer Media Award
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