And that's a wrap for 2015!
A record 539 beers down and we have the results.
John Golics boasted that he was back to defend last year’s Champion Beer title and went one better taking out the Champion Brewer for 2015 which will see his beer released in conjunction with BeerNZ.
Oliver Drake’s Flander’s Red Ale took out the Champion Beer with a score of 48/50 and this will be brewed at Hallertau. So keep an eye out for those releases and associated events in 2016.
Congratulations to all entrants and medal winners, you should have received the feedback from the judging sheets and certificates will be mailed out to medal winners in due course. The proportion of entries earning silver or gold medals was very much in line with previous years but the ‘good’ ratings and bronze medals were up, showing a pleasing increase in the average quality of entries.
We couldn’t have done it without the support of our sponsors, and indeed there would be very few beers without the ingredients and suppliers whom we are very proud to have on board. Please do thank them and give them your support where possible.
The Fine Wine Delivery Co provided a fantastic space for the judging and stewarding and we’re particularly grateful for their support in the weeks leading up to the competition as they dealt with hundreds of deliveries and had us disturbing their fridges while we sorted the bottles.
Some special thank-yous to a few from among the many who were indispensable in the organisation of the competition: Martin Bridges for wrangling the judges, Phil Murray for the IT and back-end systems, Sally Peterson as head steward and Maree Shaw who managed the Tweets, website and Facebook. And of course to all the stewards and judges for making everything run so smoothly on the day.
We’ll be back at the same time next year, hopefully bigger and better again. So if you’d like to be involved do get in touch and it’s never too early to start brewing!
P.S. One final note from the stewards to bear in mind when packaging your beer for NHC 2016 – 330ml is ample for judging (sending more beer really is a sad waste) and the smaller bottles are certainly easier to manage at the competition. If possible, using PET bottles makes shipping easier and safer too, as we always lose a few to breakage in transit no matter how well packed they are.
SOBA would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting the National Homebrew Competition 2015