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National Homebrew Competition 2019

2020 SOBA National Homebrew Competition Cancelled

NHC 2020 Update

Unfortunately we have decided to cancel the 2020 SOBA NHC. Many of the judges and volunteers involved participate in the wider beer community in one way or another - hospitality workers, brewers and brewery staff, other suppliers and industry staff, and of course consumers! The postponement and subsequent rescheduling of many of NZ’s beer events into the September-November months led us to deciding to cancel this year’s event. In addition to the timing conflict this year, it has been acknowledged that the SOBA NHC is not sustainable in its current format. The SOBA Committee will be taking this into consideration when planning for its return in 2021, and we look forward to providing updates in due time.

Visit the BJCP Competition Schedule Page to find other upcoming BJCP sanctioned competitions

NHC 2019 Results

In the end 688x entries were judged by over 30 different judges! Thanks to everyone who entered and congratulations to all of the Award Winners! View all results on the Results Page.

  • Champion Brewer - Daryl Bryant
  • Champion Beer - Simon Woods (Wild Specialty Beer)
  • Champion Lager - Jared Reeves (German Pils)
  • Champion Ale - Brent Heppie (Imperial Stout)
  • Champion Club - Brütopians
  • Best New Brewer - Simon Woods

BJCP Sanctioned Competition

NHC is a BJCP Sanctioned Competition and will be judged by the 2015 Style Guidelines. New or experimental styles are to be confirmed. If you are a judge or steward, you will be eligible to earn points in this competition. Please see the BJCP Competition Center for full details.

Judges & Stewards

We are excited to have Geoff Griggs back as Head Judge and Alex McGill back as Head Steward this year. For a full list of judges please view the Judge Page.

Thanks to all of the SOBA Members out there for helping make this happen - if you aren't a member you can still Join SOBA today!

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