NZ Hops Great Brew Challenge

Sat 5 Feb

NZ Hops Great Brew Challenge

Towards the end of 2021, NZ Hops invited a dozen Aussie brewers to create new beers featuring one of five hop varieties: Nectaron, Wai-iti, Moutere, Motueka and Nelson Sauvin.

The beers have been released in mixed packs via Carwyn Cellars, and you can read about them here, here, here, here, here and here.

You can also join a virtual tasting on February 5 at 4pm AEDT, hosted by Beer Diva Kirrily Waldhorn, and featuring NZ Hops sales manager and hop guru George Tunstall, along with a number of NZ hop growers.

As well as talking about the hops and the 12 beers, at 5.45pm they will announce the winner of the People's Choice best beer, followed by a Q&A. If you buy the packs and can't make the live event, it will be available to watch later.

Tap Showcase at Carwyn Cellars

On February 6, a judging event and 27 tap showcase will take place at Carwyn Cellars, featuring "an esteemed group of judges" tasting each of the beers and handing out a number of awards: best beer within each hop category and an overall Champion Beer. This will be followed by an epic tap takeover that's open to the public from midday. 

The official winners will be announced at 3pm, with the People's Choice winner anointed at 5pm.