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New Zealand Beer Awards 2022 winners announced

Champion NZ Exhibitor – Three Boys Brewery

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
Three Sisters
New Plymouth

Champion Medium Brewery
Behemoth Brewing Company Auckland

Champion Large Brewery
Garage Project
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

Trophy Winners

International Lager
Three Boys Brewery – Three Boys Lager

New Zealand Style
Baylands Brewery – Slope Shredder

Amber/Dark Lager
Sawmill Brewery – Sawmill the Doctor

British Ale
The Emerson Brewing Company Ltd – Emerson’s Old 95

European Ale
Garage Project Brewery – Chance, Luck & Magic

Amber/Dark Ale
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
Sawmill Brewery

Beer Tourism Award
Wellington Culinary Events Trust – Beervana

Packaging Award
Double Vision Brewing

Beer Media Award
Michael Donaldson

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