Commercial beer scores 11/50 in National Homebrew Comps

How would commercial beer rate against home brew, in a blind, objective competition? I’ve wondered this for a few years as a home brewer and beer judge. The worst home brews are bad – mine were – and it is easy to see how Uncle Ted’s homemade rotgut earned its notoriety. But the best are […]

Confessions of a home-brew judge

The Society of Beer Advocates has held a national home-brew competition every year since 2007, and I’ve been a judge for the past three years. This year the competition is in Hamilton, the first time it has been held outside Wellington, and a new crew will be judging. It’s time to think about entering. The […]

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