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Welcome to the brewing comp entry form and details. This is a great opportunity for upcoming brewers to have their creations tasted, and feedback given by our panel of talented judges. Enter below and chuck us some beer!

‘Best Beer in show’ will get to brew their beer at Sunshine Brewery with costs covered. Sunshine will sell the beer at the taproom to cover costs, and bragging rights for eternity.


  1. All entries must be personally home brewed by the entrant. 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.

    • Home brewers who directly work for any commercial brewing entity may enter, though the beer MUST be brewed at home. These entries are eligible for medals and best in class status, but may not win prizes.

  3. One bottle of each entry is required for judging. The minimum size of each bottle is to be 330mL.

    • Liability for loss or damage is the sole responsibility of the entrant.

    • Bottles MUST be safe. Mac's or similar bottles which do not hold pressure will be destroyed and the entry disqualified without refund.

  4. Entries must be made below on the form.

  5. All entries must be registered online by 5pm on 12th April and received at Sunshine, Stockroute Brewing, Raglan Roast or Ezi-made.

  6. Each bottle entered must have an attached label identifying the beer as specified on the entry form.

    • The bottle labels must contain ONLY the complete bottle ID

    • Bottles received without proper labels may be disqualified.

    • Labels must be suitably affixed to the bottle so they are not dislodged during unpacking. Bottles without suitably affixed labels may be disqualified at the Competition Organisers discretion.

  7. Entrants may enter multiple beers into the same category or subcategory.

  8. The same beer cannot be entered more than once.

  9. Failure to observe the competition guidelines may result in disqualification of the entry.

  10. The entrant must enter their beer into the category and/or subcategory where they feel it will perform best. Judges or organisers will not classify or reclassify entries.

  11. No entries will be returned whether received late or otherwise.

  12. By entering the Homebrew Competition you allow Gisborne Beer Festival to use all entry and result details for promotional and marketing purposes. (We won’t go crazy)

  13. Judges, Organisers, Stewards and any affiliated parties are able to enter beers into competition.

    • Judges and Organisers are not eligible to win prizes though are eligible for medals and best in class status.

    • Stewards are eligible to win prizes.

  14. All competition results are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Some Q & A’s will be uploaded in good time, but feel free to fire away questions of your own to us.

Judges include…

Samuel Scott (Phoeneix Foundation and previous Beervana Judge)
Lukas Buda (Phoenix Foundation and previous beervana judge)
Sam Millton (Millton Winery)
Dave Huff (Head brewer, Sunshine Breweries)
Abe Guyer / Jase Duncan (Brewers @ Bassline Brewery)
Kiri Allan (Labour MP and craft beer fan)

Drop off Points: Ezi-made, Sunshine Brewery, Raglan Roast and Stockroute from March 20th.


Brewer *
just checking you're not a commercial brewer!

Q & A about the comp to come soon. But get brewing!