Beer awards reveal best brews

Default Profile ImageBen O'Connell

Warkworth company 8 Wired Brewing has won out at the New Zealand Beer Awards 2023 held in Christchurch, taking out the top gongs – Overall Champion New Zealand Brewery Trophy, and the Champion New Zealand Beer, with their Wild Feijoa 2022.

Held at the Wigram Airforce Museum in Ōtautahi, the winners were announced at a gala dinner, where over 300 individuals from across the industry gathered to celebrate.

Over the course of the judging period, which spanned two and a half days, 25 stewards, 30 judges and six support staff poured around 400 litres of beer and served nearly 4000 glasses to the team of judges.

Other winners on the night included the Garage Project in Wellington who took out the Champion Large Brewery award, and bStudio in Napier which won the Champion New Zealand Manufacturer award.

Workshop Brewing in Raglan won the Champion Micro Brewery award, Shining Peak Brewing in New Plymouth won Champion Small Brewery, and Behemoth Brewing Company in Auckland won the Champion Medium Brewery.

The Brewers Guild of New Zealand Beer Awards are held in esteem worldwide due to the reputation of all involved in judging, organising and staging the event, with a world class selection of judges from New Zealand, Australia, America and beyond.

This diversity of background and quality of judge ensures that the Awards have a huge reputation across the globe as one of the most prestigious accolades a brewer can win.

To see the entire list of winners, visit