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National Homebrew Competition 2018

2018 SOBA National Homebrew Competition

Thanks to everyone who entered he 2018 SOBA NHC, you helped make it a great competition Certificates are being produced and barring any hiccups should be sent out in a couple of weeks Homebrewing is going from strength to strength if the quality of entries in the 2018 competition are an indicator.

685 entries, up from 545 last year, were judged over two days at the end of October and resulted in 32 gold, 70 silver and 133 bronze medals being awarded.

Check out the results here and the prize winners here.

It’s the quality of the judges that makes the NHC unique and again this year we hadthe best judges from all over New Zealand led by internationally renowned Geoff Griggs.

While for many the focus is on medals, the NHC is a still one of the best opportunities to get unbiased feedback and expert advice on how to make better beer. Last year there was focus on increased judge feedback to brewers and that continued this year with a new judging sheet.

Our Partners I would like to thank our partners – The Grainfather, Cryer Malt, New Zealand Hops, Brewaucracy, Hallertau, Gladfield, Brewshop, WilliamsWarn, Pacific Flavours and Ingredients, and Brewers Coop. Please support our sponsors as we could not run the competition without them Judges and Volunteers This year we had one of the strongest judging line ups ever. I would like to thank the judges, the small army of stewards and volunteers that make it all happen on the day and especially the organising team of Peter Smith, Julian Melville, Tom Middleton and Kelly Ockwell for all their hard work.

We need you The SOBA NHC is a great competition and a unique event in NZ’s homebrew calendar. As you can see it takes a small army of volunteers to make it happen.

Getting volunteers is one of the key challenges in each competition. We need people to steward (organise and pour the entries) and help with a range of tasks on the day. If you value this event and would like to be help with the next one, then I would like to hear from you - email [email protected]. It’s great fun and a chance to improve your brewing and beer knowledge plus meet and learn from some of the best in the industry. We can’t run the competition without your support

Follow our Facebook page @sobanhc for announcements and details on the 2019 competition later in the year

2018 dates:
Entries can be received from Monday 8 October 2018.
All entries must be received and paid for by 5pm Friday 19 October 2018

Judging Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October 2018

The entry fee wass the same as last year: -
SOBA members - $12.00 per entry
Non-members -$17.00 per entry.
This is a great time to make sure your SOBA Membership is up to date.