Homebrewers' efforts assessed
In a country where our national drink has always been beer, no matter what the taste, it seems the rules are changing - following a worldwide trend in beer appreciation.
Gone are the days where carting home a crate of the brown stuff to the boys warranted a medal in itself, nowadays you have to brew it yourself to receive a chunk of gold on a string.
The country now hosts a plethora of events that showcase brewing and this weekend, Hamiltonians will get a taste of the action. The Society of Beer Advocates (Soba) is holding the National Homebrew Competition in Hamilton this weekend where top beer judges from across the country will be grading beer, mead and cider from New Zealand's best and brightest amateur brewers.
The judging panel will feature an array of beer boffins with Graeme Mahy, Kelly Ryan, Dave Kurth, Geoff Griggs, Greig McGill and more taking the stage to critique entries.
With 382 entries, the judges will have to taste a whopping 95 beers each.
But although it seems a lot, Mr McGill said that only amounted to about 5 pints throughout the course of the day and only the best were drunk by the glass.
One competitor, Karl Safi, said the competition was an opportunity to mingle with beer pros to get tips on the art of crafting the perfect brew.
Mr Safi has entered five styles of beer in the competition, a coffee stout, an American stout, sweet stout, a Belgian strong ale and an American barley wine ( it's not wine - it just has 10 per cent alcohol).
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