Competitions help home brewers get ahead
Spring sunshine was a welcome guest at the Moutere Inn on Saturday, where Nelson beer fanatics congregated for the kung fu of home-brewing competition.
Twenty home brewers from around Nelson created 43 unique brews for the bi-annual peer-judged competition, organised by the local branch of the Society of Beer Advocates (SOBA).
SOBA Nelson's brewery relationship officer Matt Downer said the competition was judged by home brewers for home brewers, and was about the shared enjoyment of beer, rather than rivalry.
In saying that, Mr Downer had a few brews entered himself, which said he was hoping would go down alright with the other brewers.
He said the peer-judging format meant less pressure on contestants, and was leading to more and more entries each year.
The first taster, a lager, was poured at 10am with the darker beers, porters and stouts, sampled in the afternoon.
Moutere Inn co-owner Andy Cole said he was pleased to be hosting the social beer-lovers' event for the first time since it started 2011, not only because it brought a good crowd in to the pub, claimed to be New Zealand's oldest, but also because it was an excuse to enjoy a few beers in the sun with fellow fanatics, he said.
"It's a great time of year for it, Spring, it's a beautiful day.
"It's sunny, but not too hot. People aren't going to be falling over," Mr Cole said.
The winning brewers were:
- Gareth Kerr and Matt Hoddy, Red IPA, 1.
- Paul Dunlop, American Golden Rye Ale, 2.
- Krista and Guy of Badde Fairie Brewing, Saison, 3.
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