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This year's NHC will be judged on Saturday November 5th and entries will need to be in by October 28th.
Keep an eye on the website: nhc.soba.org.nz and Twitter: twitter.com/soba_nhc for updates and opportunities to volunteer. And in the meantime get brewing!
hopefully they'll introduce a few categories for NZ style beers
Yeah would be great if the NZ0 categories were brought back - it's always a bit tricky trying to shoehorn an NZ Pils into the BJCP guides.
Finney has a link here of the NZ style guidelines which were developed to match the BJCP info: http://finneyshomebrew.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/nz_bjcp.pdf
Yeah, I was pretty disappointed when these parts were removed.
NZ hopped beers, are just so different to their international counterparts.
where is the judging this year by the way?
Totally agree, why not add to the BJCP with NZ styles.... ?
Judging is at the Fine Wine Delivery Co store, Constellation Drive, Auckland.
But just to be tricky - "The delivery address will be: Beer Spot, 54 Northcote Road, Northcote, Auckland 0627"
Perhaps just a simple table that says for the purpose of this competition enter the NZ styles against the following International BJCP styles.... as a heavily nz hopped Debles pale ale doesn't really fit the UK or american pale ale sections.... or even any of the commonwealth styles....
For each of these styles below what is the correct fit?
assuming mainly the use of NZ hops ....
NZ Draught > BJCP style *****
NZ Pale Ale
that would make sense reading their FAQ they say its up to the brewer to decide which is a bit of a cop out
New hop varieties and usage methods continue to be developed. Judges should allow for characteristics of modern hops in this style, as well as classic varieties. Becoming more of an international craft style, with local adaptations appearing in many countries with an emerging craft beer market. Hopping styles can vary from the classic large bitterness addition, to more modern late hop-bursted examples; all variations are allowable.
2-3 years ago, they created the NZ Styles to suit, and it seemed to work really well.
the issue I have with not defining the NZ v US hops, is the Citrus vs Tropical Fruit Descriptor.
Then when you add in the "I'm new to brewing, but my NZ Pale ale doesn't fit the descriptors listed."
Yes, its up to us to decide on where to put beers, but for those entering for the first time, it can be pretty daunting....
Just my two cents, as its always a great comp anyways.
will prizes be the same as last year? as, the first couple of years I entered, there were alot more special/spot prizes for entrants.
OK, how does this look as an additional category for NZ Pilsner? Feedback welcome and we'll make a decision about inclusion in a couple of weeks:
IMHO this is Perfect
Sweeter than a German Pils, Drier than a Czech Pilsner, and with a distinctly New Zealand hop character, leaning towards the tropical or citrusy.