Black Rock Presents NZ’s Hottest Home Brewers

Black Rock’s NZ’S HOTTEST HOME BREWERS Competition is back

More Kiwi beer lovers are brewing at home than ever before and for many years, the country’s keenest amateur brewers have been able to submit their beers to home brewing competitions all over New Zealand. However home brewing doesn’t need to be a singular and lonely endeavour, it may be said that too many cooks might spoil the broth, but we reckon the more brewers the better the brew.

After a rollicking first year Beervana and Black Rock are bringing back New Zealand’s Hottest Home Brewers.

We invite teams of two to four people to test their brewing chops in the biggest brewing battle New Zealand has ever seen. While this might be a competition for groups of friends, it isn’t going to be very friendly. Teams will have not only brewed a fine ale, but be prepared to go head to head with other teams at Beervana in a battle of senses, coordination, and wits.


How it works

Get a team of between two and four people, brew this year’s style which is the sexiest style of all BROWN ALE, come up with a good name, an awesome label if you feel like it and send it to us for the Qualification round. 

Friday 4th August: Qualification – Four weeks before Beervana a panel of judges will determine the eight best beers based taste. Qualifying teams will be invited to Beervana to compete in the quarter-finals. Teams will receive up to four GA tickets for the Saturday afternoon session (session 3) to attend the quarter-final. They must make their own way to Beervana and have at least two representatives from their team present. In the instance a team cannot attend Beervana, the team who have brewed the next best beer will be invited.

Saturday 12 August Beervana session 3, 11:30 am: Quarter-finals (8 teams) – PHYSICAL CHALLENGE! Four games of Flip Cup will be played in the Home Brewers Hub (with water) to determine who advances to the semifinals.

Saturday 12 August Beervana session 3, 12:30 pm: Semi-finals (4 teams) – A battle of senses and wits. Points will be taken from the two activities to determine which three teams will continue on to the final. These activities will be:
Blind Tasting – One team member must taste blindfolded and guess the correct styles of five different beers.
Beer Quiz – Teams go head to head in a battle of beer wits.

Saturday 12 August Beervana session 3, 2:30 pm: Finals (3 teams) – The final three teams’ beers will be put to a panel of judges who will determine whose beer is the most delicious and thus crowning their team New Zealand’s Hottest Home Brewers!


Commercial brewday with Black Rock and a brewery to be determined based on winners’ location.
$1000 cash
2018 VIP Beervana experience for all team members
Black Rock product & merchandise

$500 Cash
Beervana general admission tickets for all members
Black Rock product & merchandise

Beervana general admission tickets for all members
Black Rock product & merchandise


Initial judging will take place over the weekend of 5th/6th of August in Wellington. Finalist teams will be announced on Monday 7th August. Delivery must be at the following address by Friday 4th August – 

NZ’s Hottest Homebrewers Competition
c/o Mud Cycles
421 Karori Rd, Karori 6012
Attn Dave Waugh

Black Rock Master Brewer Kirsten Taylor will be the head judge. Other judges will be confirmed and announced before the competition. Beers will be judged on Beer Name, Aroma, Appearance, Flavour, Mouthfeel, and Overall Impression in addition to the beer name and label design.

Finalists and winners

Eight finalist teams will be selected to advance to the quarter-finals at Beervana. All finalists will receive a GA ticket to the Saturday afternoon session of Beervana.  All entrants will receive a copy of their judging form.

Competition Rules

  1. All entries must be personally home brewed by at least one member of the entrant team. If multiple brewers created the entry, then all brewers must be listed on the entry form.
  2. Commercially brewed beer is not eligible for entry.
  3. The entry fee is $40.00 for each team. Teams must include two to four people.
  4. Three bottles of each entry are required. The minimum size of each bottle is to be 330mL. Three bottles are required for judging, backup in case of accident or contamination, and in the event a second round of judging is required, so you must send three bottles.
  5. Liability for loss or damage is the sole responsibility of the entrant.
  6. Entries must be made via the Black Rock NZ’s Hottest Homebrewer Competition page on the Beervana website.
  7. Beers submitted must fall under the style for this year’s competition (BROWN ALE).
  8. All entries must be registered online by 1 August 2017 at 5pm and received by 5pm 4 August 2017.
  9. Each bottle entered must have an attached, removable label identifying the beer as specified on the entry form. Bottles with permanent or missing labels may be disqualified at the organisers’ discretion.
  10. The bottle labels must contain ONLY the Entry ID # sent to you by Beervana.
  11. Teams may only enter one beer.
  12. An individual may only be a member of one team.
  13. Failure to observe the competition guidelines may result in disqualification of the entry.
  14. The entry fee is not refundable for disqualified entries or if teams do not send their beer in time.
  15. All entries will become the property of Black Rock Home Brew Competition.
  16. No entries will be returned whether received late or otherwise.
  17. By entering the Black Rock Home Brew Competition you allow Black Rock Home Brew Competition and Beervana to use all entry and result details for promotional and marketing purposes including the right to use names & images of the winners in publicity material for one year from the date of the official judging at Beervana.
  18. By entering the Black Rock NZ’s Hottest Hombrewer Competition you allow Black Rock and Beervana to contact you regarding homebrew and beer related events in the future. You may unsubscribe at any time.
  19. Judges and Organisers are not able to enter the competition.
  20. Beervana reserves the right to refuse entry to beers named with a competitor brand to Black Rock or anything deemed unsuitable or inappropriate at our discretion.

Finalists will be announced on social media and the Beervana website on 6 August. The overall winner and the runners-up will be announced on social media and at the event on Saturday 12 August.

Do you and your mates have what it takes to become New Zealand’s Hottest Home Brewers?