Entries are now open for the inaugural Black Rock Home Brew Competition to be held that this year’s Beervana festival.

the competition presents a chance for aspiring brewers to have the beers judged by some stalwarts of Kiwi brewing, includingBlack Rock Master Brewer Kirsten Taylor, and Taranaki brewing guru Joseph Wood from Liberty Brewing, as well as beer aficionados and home-brew advocates Simon Morton and Richard Scott from Radio New Zealand’s ‘This Way Up’ programme.

“We constantly get emails from passionate home brewers wanting to show off their wares at Beervana,” explains David Cryer, Festival Director. “This year, with Black Rock’s help, we can offer home brewers a chance to demonstrate their skill at the event.”

Taylor agrees, and believes that supporting home brewers is critical to growing a vibrant beer industry. “Home brewers are experimental by nature. Their quest for knowledge, to understand what makes good beer, often leads to brilliant results as they manipulate hops, malt and technique,” she says. “For producers like us, what home brewers do with our products is really inspiring. I’m expecting to see lots of innovation in the competition entries!”
Of the entries 10 finalists will be chosen and then whittled down to two runners-up and an overall winner. The successful brews will be announced at 9pm on Friday 17 August at Beervana Session 2. and there will be a chance for each entrant to speak to the judges and get some feedback.

The winner will take home a GA double-pass to Beervana 2013, three 6-pack cases of malt extract of their choice from Black Rock, $200 voucher for Martin Bosley’s restaurant, and a year subscription to Dish magazine.

The runners-up will win a GA double-pass to Beervana 2013 and one 6-pack case of malt extract of their choice from Black Rock.

For further information visit www.beervana.co.nz/hbcomp

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