Hoppiness brings happiness to the 2017 Awards judging panel
9th February 2017
Hoppiness brings happiness to the 2017 New World Beer & Cider Awards judging panel
Have you ever wondered what separates a good brew from a great one?
On the 9th and 10th February brewers, sensory analysts and hop experts will come together with one goal in mind, find the best brews from over 520 hopeful entries. They will “swirl, sniff, sip” and debate over 2,500 glasses of beer and cider across 12 categories to decide the very best brews at the 2017 New World Beer & Cider Awards.
Held to international standards at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium, the panel of 19 independent expert judges will blind-taste each entry to determine which brews stand out from the crowd in technical excellence, balance, mouthfeel, and most importantly, drinkability.
Chair of independent judges, beer writer and author Michael Donaldson says the New World Beer & Cider Awards bring together some of the most reputed experts in the business, with judges carefully selected to reflect the diversity of this growing sector.
“It’s a testament to the credibility of the New World Beer & Cider Awards that it has been able to attract some of the most respected names in the brewing industry, along with some exciting new talent. When their combined expertise tells you a brew is worthy of a gold medal, you can be assured its well-made and highly drinkable.
“All the judges have highly trained palates and their job is to swirl, sniff and sip the beer before deciding if it’s worthy of a medal. They will discuss the technical merits but the focus is on the most basic requirement of a medal-winning beer: great flavour.”
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to suitably worthy entries, with the Champion awarded to the top entry in each category. Shoppers will be soon able to enjoy the Gold medal winners of the 2017 awards in New World stores.
Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand explains, “It’s our job to put the spotlight on the very best brews available in New Zealand. The New World Beer & Cider Awards are unique as they have been specifically designed with the consumer in mind, making it easier for New World shoppers to purchase with confidence. We know from previous experience there is always a huge demand for winning beers and ciders.
“For a smaller brewery, the chance to be stocked at New World stores is an incredible opportunity to grow their business and reach beer and cider drinkers across the country. What we saw in previous awards was niche and micro-breweries go to country-wide audiences overnight. The New Zealand brewing industry is producing some of the best brews in the world, and New World is proud to support it.”
Entries were received from breweries large and small throughout New Zealand and abroad, with the criteria that the brew is available in cans and bottles, and brewers can deliver the required volume to satisfy the thirst of New World shoppers nationwide.
New World Beer & Cider Awards 2017 Judges:
• Michael Donaldson, beer writer and author (Chair)
• Alice Galletly, beer writer and author
• Amy Paisley, sensory analyst and hop expert
• Brian Watson, Good George Brewing
• Colin Mallon, The Malthouse
• Geoff Griggs, beer writer, NHC chief judge
• James Rowan, West Brook Winery
• Joe Wood, Liberty Brewing
• Jono Galuszka, beer writer
• Justin Oliver, Free Range Wines
• Kelly Ryan, Fork & Brewer
• Kieran Haslett-Moore, North End Brewing
• Matt Warner, ParrotDog Brewery
• Mike Neilson, Panhead Custom Ales
• Sam Williamson, Sawmill Brewing
• Shane Morley, Steam Brewing
• Stephen Plowman, Hallertau Brewery
• Tracy Banner, Spring and Fern Brewery
• Wendy Roigard, Valkyrie Brewing Co
New World Beer & Cider Awards 2017 Classes:
3. Pale Ale
5. British-style Ale
6. European-style Ale
7. American-style Ale
8. Stout, Porter & Black Beer
9. Wheat & Other Grain Beer
10. Speciality, Experimental, Aged, Wood-aged and Flavoured Beer
11. Apple & Pear Cider
12. Fruit & Flavoured Cider