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National Homebrew Competition 2018

2018 SOBA National Homebrew Competition

It’s time to get brewing for the SOBA National Homebrew Competition 2018. Judging will be hosted again by the great team at Pacific Flavours and Ingredients in Auckland.

Key dates:
You can register your entries any time.
Entries can be received from Monday 8 October.
All entries must be received and paid for by 5pm Friday 19 October

Judging is Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 October

The entry fee is 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.

This year we have a even more prizes.
On top of the Champion Brewer and Beer prizes every medal winner has a chance to win. We have a special new award and prize - the Grainfather Champion Club.
If you want your club or group to be in the running make sure they register - click here for more details

Last year we saw a lift in the quality of the beers entered and the top medalling beers were genuinely world class.

It’s the quality of the judges that makes the NHC unique and again this year we have the 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 will continue this year with a new judging sheet.

Entries need to be registered by Friday 19 October and received between Monday 8 and Friday 19 October.

The address for entries is:
National Homebrew Competition 2018
c/o Pacific Flavours
16 Hannigan Drive,
St Johns,
Auckland 1072

You can courier your entries to the address above or drop them off during work hours. Pacific Flavours a great company that provides so much support for the SOBA NHC. Please make sure you thank them when you drop your entries off and try not to disrupt their workplace.

We are very fortunate that several homebrew shops are also providing drop off services - check with them for details and dates.
Hauraki Homebrew - North Shore,Auckland
Brewtopia - Upper Hutt, Wellington
League of Brewers - Nelson
The Beer Library - Christchurch