New Zealand’s award-winning beers

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Looking for a bucket list of all the best beers to sample in New Zealand? 

There’s no better place to start than with the beers that clean up at the annual Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards.

Since 2007, the guild has held annual awards to recognise the beers judged best in their class, with all the main styles of beer recognised.

Local and international beers are judged over a three day period by a panel of selected experts from New Zealand and globally.

In recent years, small craft brewers have intensified the levels of competition and innovation as brewers look for beers to suit every palate.

2016 Brewing Guild of NZ’s Beer Awards

Champion New Zealand brewery

Tuatara Brewing Company

Champion manufacturer

Steam Brewing

Champion International Brewery

Boston Beer Company

International Lager

DB Breweries for Heineken Light

New Zealand Lager

Tuatara Brewing Company for Mot Eureka

British Ale

Sprig & Fern Brewery for Best Bitter

European Ale

Moa Brewing Company for Moa St Josephs

US Ale

8 Wired Brewing for Tall Poppy

Pale Ale

Tuatara Brewing Company for Sauvinova

Strong Pale Ale

Epic Brewing Company for Epic Armageddon IPA

Stout and Porter

Emerson’s Brewing Company for Emerson’s Phantom Lord

Wheat and Other Grain

Tuatara Brewing Company for Weiz Guy

Flavoured and aged

Choice Bros for Reet Petite

Speciality, experimental, aged, barrel, wood-aged

Croucher Brewing for Lowrider

Cider or Perry

Zeffer Cider Co. for Cidre Demi-sec

Fruit or Flavoured Cider or Perry

Zeffer Cider Co. for Apple Crumble Cider


Moa Brewing Company for Moa NZ Gold Ale 375ml retail unit

Past winners

Champion Brewery

2016: Tuatara Brewing Company

2015: Lion

2014: Townshend Brewery

2013: Renaissance Brewing

2012: Harrington’s Breweries

2011: 8 Wired Brewing

2010: DB Breweries

2009: Emerson’s Brewing Company

2008: Tuatara Brewing Company


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