Everything you need to know to survive the chaos

An evening of organised chaos, fun and beer tasting that will identify the BrewMania Champion Brewer for #nzhc2018. A home-brew competition like no other, BrewMania allows you to enter beer as a competing brewer, enter as a spectator and judge – or both! The winner will receive the most magnificent set of prizes ever – trust me*. We will also have a whole bunch of spot-prizes to give-away, so your chances of scoring something are pretty impressive even if you don’t walk off with the big ticket.

*According to Donald Trump. We will do our best to make this true – and considering last year’s winner got a Grainfather Connect, as well as having their beer brewed commercially in three different commercial breweries, we know what magnificent prizes look like!

How does it work?

Compete for BrewMania Champion Brewer by presenting 3 different beers. Brewers must enter three beers, and tell us which beer is for Round One, which is for Round Two, and which is for Round Three. 

What, you still have questions?

How much beer do I need to supply?

For each of their beers, Brewers should provide two 750ml bottles PLUS one bottle of at least 330ml. Brewers must choose which round they want each beer to be judged in.

Why do I need to choose a round for each beer?

The BrewMania Champion Brewer will have survived a knock-out competition. Each beer will have helped them survive a different round.

This is really confusing. Tell me again?

Ok, let’s break it down. You have a killer IPA, an awesome Raspberry Stout, and a delicious experimental Wheat Wine with oregano and lemon thyme in it. You decide to put the Raspberry Stout into Round One, the Wheat Wine into Round Two, and the IPA into Round Three. You send us 2 x 750ml bottles plus one 330ml (or bigger) bottle of Stout, 2 x 750ml bottles plus one 330ml (or bigger) bottle of Wheat Wine, and 2 x 750ml bottles plus one 330ml (or bigger) bottle of IPA. All of the Raspberry Stout bottles are labelled “Round One”. All of the Wheat Wine bottles are labelled “Round Two”. All of the IPA bottles are labelled “Round Three”. That’s it!

But all my beer is in 500ml bottles! What should I do?

We have asked for these sizes to give you the best chances of winning. You can ignore us if you want… but you should understand why. We have chosen 750ml bottles as a good way to serve up to 12 x 50ml tasters without getting sediment out. A winning beer will need to survive two rounds of 12 x 50ml tasters, plus an elite judging panel. So if you *have* to provide 500ml bottles we suggest you provide 2 to replace each 750ml. You could replace each 750ml bottle with one 500ml and just hope that enough judges get a nice clean pour and enough volume to let you progress to the next round. If you have all your beer in 330ml bottles, then you could supply 2 or 3 instead of each 750ml, but if you supply 2 and you have bottle-conditioned then it is likely judges will be getting very small, cloudy samples.

How many brewers will be eliminated each round?

We have done extensive mathematical modelling on this and can conclusively say “some”. This answer will change when we know exactly how many beers have been entered, how many judges we have, and how many judging tables. In most scenarios, between 50% and 80% of brewers will proceed from one round to the next – we are aiming for at least half being allowed to proceed.

So, there must be some strategy to this Round 1, Round 2, Round 3 thing. What do you recommend?

Last year it was pretty clear that the elimination process meant that the standard of beers got better and better as the comp moved from round to round. So we suggest that if you think you have some beers that are better than others, you present your least favourite beer in Round 1 and your best beer in Round 3. This will give you the best chance of surviving through to the finals. Also, if your least favourite beer means you get eliminated, then your preferred beers will get a second chance to compete in the BrewMania Singles comp – with another shot at prizes!

Wait. What? There’s a Singles comp as well?

Absolutely! When a brewer gets eliminated, any of their beers which have not been tasted get entered into the Singles comp. Because they haven’t been tasted yet, we will have enough of them to do a full judging round – and they could be amazing beers so we need to make sure they get a shot at winning something. For the moment, the only beers that will be judged in the Singles comp will be those that drop out of the main BrewMania competition. Nearer the competition time, we may open up entry directly into the Singles comp for those that don’t have three beers, but this will depend on the level of entry into the main BrewMania competition. 

When will you know what the prizes are?!

Patience, Padawan. Good things take time. We wanted to get the competition rules out there as soon as possible so you had a decent amount of time to prepare three great beers. The rest will follow as we sign up our BrewMania sponsors.

BrewMania sounds completely mad! How can I be there?

Entry as a judge to BrewMania is limited to those people who have purchased a “BrewMania Judging Ticket” (or combo ticket including this). All of these people are eligible to enter as Brewers as well as judges. If you are not one of these people, we have a limited number of volunteer opportunities. Contact us via the details on the Volunteer tab.

Being a judge is not going to work out for me. How do I enter as a Brewer?

Easy! Buy a “Beer Entry for BrewMania” ticket from the Tickets page. It’s only $10! You could win amazing prizes! Secure international fame! Have the kudos of being Champion Brewer of NZHC2018! A two week trip to Belgium!* (*Not all rewards guaranteed).  

I have my ticket. What do I do with my beer?

All beer must be presented to one of the Local Home-brew Stores nationwide who have offered to act as Freight Forwarders for your entries. This is a free service. Each Store will have it’s own deadline for receipt of your entries so make sure you confirm this with your preferred Store. We will be in touch to provide labels for your bottles. You can also expect that if the labels fall off the bottles you won’t win.

My local home-brew store is not listed as a Freight Forwarder. What should I do?

We can accept new freight forwarder partners at any time, so please ask them to contact us to be involved. Alternatively, you can mail your beer to the nearest freight forwarder to you. Just make sure you get it to them by their deadline!