About the New Zealand Beer Awards

Welcome lovers of craft beer and welcome nervous initiates taking their first tentative steps into the world of craft beer. Welcome one and all to NZ Beer Awards, your guide to the goings on in New Zealand’s buzzing craft beer community.

While craft beer made its debut in New Zealand over thirty years ago, it’s only in the last decade or so that its popularity has shot up, giving commercial lager a run for its money. Nowadays there are in excess of eighty craft breweries throughout the country, creating a vast array of weird and wonderful brews. From old classics to innovative experiments, beer fans are sure to find the beer for them.

This website celebrates the New Zealand craft beer revolution and aims to offer informative guides to the new and the old. Here you can find a number of articles showcasing the best breweries, beers and brewpubs in the country. You can also take a look at some of the best places to find craft beer from around the world and the bars in which to drink them.

For home brewers and other enthusiasts, take a look at our guide to some of the biggest and best home brew competitions and some of the most important craft beer festivals in the country.

Anyone who is interested in New Zealand’s humble beer origins is advised to check out a brief history of beer in the country. Meanwhile, if it’s hops you’re interested in, take a look at our guide to New Zealand’s hop culture.

While beer is the main focus, it’s worth keeping an eye on the progress in NZ cider makers are making. Innovative new styles are emerging and look set to soon become firm favorites.

So, grab a beer, sit back and enjoy the site!