Entries should reflect the product’s labelling as well as what a consumer might expect from a purchase. For example, if a beer is labelled as an IPA it should be entered as an IPA rather than, for example, an American-style ale or a British-style ale. While a red IPA could be entered as an American-style ale, for consumer understanding it should be entered as an IPA.

  • The entry classes are broad to encourage a wide range of beverages into the competition.
  • Similar style beers and ciders are grouped together within a class to ensure consistency of judging.
  • Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are awarded to suitably worthy entries.
  •  The “Best in Class” is awarded to the top entry in each class. Where a class is judged across multiple panels the top beverages will go through a separate ‘taste-off’.

Class

Definition For Breweries

Minimum Volume Requirement  

1.       Lager

All pale lager except Pilsner (Class 2). Non geographic so includes NZ draught, premium lager, international pale lager etc. Dark lagers to be entered into Class 8.

3,600 litres in total

(1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Friday 1 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 13 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 20 April)

2.       Pilsner

All products labelled as Pilsner.

2,400 litres in total

(1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Friday 1 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 13 April)

3.       Pale Ale

Non-geographic so includes American pale ale, NZ pale ale, traditional British-style pale ale and strong pale ale.

3,600 litres in total

(1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Friday 1 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 13 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 20 April)

4.       IPA

Non-geographic and includes double IPA, red IPA, black IPA etc.

3,600 litres in total

(1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Friday 1 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 13 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 20 April)

5.       British-style Ale

Includes bitter, ESB, Scottish ales (light and heavy), summer ale, barley wine, brown ale, Irish red ale etc.

2,400 litres in total

(1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Friday 1 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 13 April)

6.       European-style Ale

Includes kolsch, altbier, gose, rauchbier, dubbel, tripel, saison, Belgian table beer etc.

2,400 litres in total

(1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Friday 1 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 13 April)

7.       American-style Ale

Includes golden ale, amber ale, brown ale, black ale, cream ale, steam beer etc.

2,400 litres in total

(1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Friday 1 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 13 April)

8.       Stout, Porter and Black Beer

Includes imperial stout, Baltic porter, hoppy porter and dark lagers (for example bock, dopplebock, schwarzbier, muncher dunkel etc)

2,400 litres in total

(1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Friday 1 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 13 April)

9.       Wheat and Other Grain Beer

Non-geographic so includes all wheat beers and beers featuring other grains such as rye, oats, rice and corn.

2,400 litres in total

(1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Friday 1 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 13 April)

10.   Experimental, Aged, Fruit and Flavoured Beer

Out of style or style-blending beer, including Pacific ale, fruit beers, pumpkin ale, coffee beer, tea beer, chilli beer, spice beer, wood and barrel-aged beer, herb beer etc.

2,400 litres in total

(1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Friday 1 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 13April)

11.   Lower Alcohol and Session Beer

Lagers and ales that are 1 standard drink or less per package (bottle or can).

3,600 litres in total

(1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Friday 1 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 13 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 20 April)

12.   Apple and Pear Cider

Common cider, traditional cider, common perry, traditional perry.

3,600 litres in total

(1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Friday 1 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 13 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 20 April)

13.   Fruit and Flavoured Cider

Cider and perry with added flavourings (spices, fruits, other sweeteners etc).

2,400 litres in total

(1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Friday 1 April

1,200 litres to be available for delivery by Wednesday 13 April)


Entries closed 27 January 2016.

All enquiries are welcome and can be directed to the Competition Coordinator:
Rachel Touhey, Foodstuffs NZ
Phone 0272 163 986 or e-mail nwbca@foodstuffs.co.nz or rachel.touhey@foodstuffs.co.nz

  • Competition overview

    A unique competition celebrating great beer and cider from around New Zealand and from overseas. The biggest and smallest breweries are invited to enter and compete in this exciting event.  see more

  • Conditions of entry

    Terms and conditions of entering the New World Beer & Cider Awards.  see more