2016 SOBA National Homebrew Competition
And as the sun sets on the 2016 NHC the competition continued to go from strength to strength with a record number of entries again this year and a marked increase in the number and quality of sour and 'experimental' brews.
So after 711 beers, 40 judges, 32 stewards and 8 hours of judging we came down to just 1 winner.
For the first time a single brewer - Jamie McQuillan - took out both the Champion Beer and Champion Brewer prizes. So look out for his beers which will be brewed by Hallertau and Brewaucracy and released commercially and expect to see his name again in the future of NZ beer.
Certificates for all medal winners should be on their way out early in the new year and it only remains for us to say a massive 'thank you' to all the sponsors, judges and volunteers without whom the competition could not be run.
Happy brewing and we hope to see you again in the 2017 SOBA NHC.
SOBA would like to thank the following sponsors for supporting the National Homebrew Competition 2016