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Home-brewers' Conference competition winner gets US trip

Home-brewers' Conference competition winner gets US trip

Nelson, New Zealand, April 2018 — Nelson home-brewer Colin Smith has won the biggest home-brewing prize ever offered in New Zealand - the dream prize of a lifetime with a free trip to the biggest home-brewing festival in the world.

An entrant into BrewMania, The New Zealand Home-Brewers' Conference home-brew competition, Colin will be flown off to Portland, Oregon to attend Homebrew Con in June 2018 thanks to the support of sponsors, Gladfield Malt and The Grainfather.

Colin says “I still can't quite believe it! I am absolutely stoked. I want to give a massive thankyou to the prize sponsors Gladfield Malt and The Grainfather. It's quite fitting, as I brew all of my beers on the Grainfather using Gladfield Malt - so I couldn't have done it without them.”

Brewmania organiser, Mike Stringer said, “This year’s BrewMania competition attracted entrants from all over the country, all motivated by the chance of winning the prize. This is the third time the BrewMania event has been held and the quality of the homebrew increases every year.”

Colin’s three beers - a Porter, an IPA, and a Raspberry Wit - were all served at a ticketed, public judging event in Nelson. Each of these beers survived an elimination judging round, before his three beers went up against one other brewer in a head to head knock-out selection. Along with eight other survivors of the public judging, Colin’s beers were then blind-judged by a panel of home-brew experts from the USA.

The judges thought all of Colin’s beers were well brewed, balanced, and were impressed with the range of different styles he had presented.

Judge Denny Conn from Eugene, Oregon said,”The BrewMania competition format was unlike anything I have seen anywhere else in the world! It is a great way to turn a beer-judging event into a fun and educational social occasion. I can see this idea being really popular in the US”

2nd place in the competition was awarded to Grant Smith from Wellington, and third place was picked up by Pete Norris of Auckland.

The New Zealand Home-brewers' Conference is owned and operated by BrewEvents Ltd, a team of passionate home-brewers dedicated to promoting quality home-brewing in New Zealand.

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