The Black Rock Homebrew Competition is Back for 2024

We are thrilled to announce the return of the Black Rock Homebrew Competition to the 2024 Beerfest calendar!  

We are again offering two very distinct competitions designed to cater for both the experienced home brewer and those of you who are just starting out. Read on to find out more about which of these competitions best suits your brewing skill levels.

Entries close 6th October 2024

black rock homebrew comp

If you're a seasoned brewer with years of fermentation under your belt, this is the competition for you. Running alongside the Festival since its inception, this competition welcomes all brewing styles and is judged using the BJCP (BeerJudge Certification Program) guidelines. 

Showcase your brilliant brews and compete against the best from near and far across multiple categories. 

The top 3 overall beers will win double pass tickets toSaturday's event and receive trophies at the prize-giving, with a presentation video featured at the Festival.  

Plus, the best-in-show brewer will get the opportunity to develop a recipe with staff from Emerson’s Brewery and then assist with the brewing of the official Festival Beer for the 2025 Festival! 

Full details on this comp, including all the finer T&C's can be found by following the link below.

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black rock emerging brewers comp

If you're a beginner brewer with less than two years of experience, this competition is perfect for you! 

The Emerging category is designed to help ease you into the world of homebrewing, and home brew competitions, and is open to all brewing styles. Judging criteria will be loosely based on BJCP guidelines but will focus more on the taste quality of your creation rather than strict adherence to a particular style. 

The winner of this category will receive a trophy at the prize-giving, a double pass to the festival, and a prize pack from Black Rock, including an exclusive brew day at their site in the Speights Brewery. 

To make entering the Emerging Brewers competition even easier, we're giving away Black Rock personal brewery kits to help kick-start your brewing journey. Simply purchase specific Black Rock products from Dunedin Malthouse and show them proof of your expression of interest to get your free personal brewery kit!

This giveaway is limited to the first 50 Expressions of Interest.  Please note, entry into this competition is in two stages. Expression of Interest, followed by an actual entry once you've had a go at brewing and know what your potential winning brew is.

Full details on this comp, including all the finer T&C's can be found by following the link below.

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Previous Winners

2023 - Overall Winner - Martin Taylor - Razzle Dazzle

2023 - Emerging Brewers Category - Harriet Love - Coco-StickyStout

2022 - Olly Rudd - Jenny’s Wit

2021 - Jimmy Henderson - Super Spontaneous

2020 - Ben Dagg - Apricot Gose

2019 - Travis Gibbons - Hopped Cider

2018 - Laura Atkin - Lizzies English IPA

2017 - Harvey Kane - Session RIS

2016 - Saul Ross - Sauls Milk Stout

2015 - Max Major - Wild Gose Chase

2014 - Brett Houliston - Bourbon Oaked Porter

2013 - Dale Booth - Raspberry Wheat Beer

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