Update – Presidents message to members (3rd Sept 2023)
On behalf of the SOBA committee, the SOBA president has provided the attached communication to all members. Communication was sent to each members registered email address for members active as of 23rd July 2023.
Update – Website (29th July 2023)
Following an analysis of spending, the previous website was identified as the single highest monthly cost to SOBA. The ongoing price of this website was simply not sustainable and played a big part in our high operating costs. As part of the financial review, it was agreed to end hosting of the previous web service in favour of a more cost effective and modern site (this one). Logins have not been transferred from the old to new site (yet), this is a work in progress as cost savings are the priority & focus.
Update – Subscriptions (July 2023)
Following a productive national committee meeting on Tuesday, July 18th, a decision was made to temporarily pause accepting membership renewals, starting immediately. Considering the current financial climate, the committee is actively evaluating the feasibility of running a volunteer-led society. As the committee works through this process, we welcome comments and feedback from our members.
Welcome to the Society of Beer Advocates (SOBA), where we celebrate everything about beer in New Zealand. As a consumer-based organization, our mission is to educate, promote, and advocate for the appreciation and responsible consumption of quality beer.
At SOBA, we believe that beer is more than just a beverage – it’s a culture that brings people together. We are passionate about spreading the joy of beer and sharing our knowledge with beer enthusiasts all over New Zealand.
Whether you’re a seasoned beer drinker or just starting to explore the world of craft beer, SOBA is the perfect place to connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion. Join us today and become a part of the growing community of beer lovers in New Zealand!
How do we do this?
We do this by the money raised through our Membership. You have a choice of:
- Annual Membership $40.00 for one year
- Three Year Membership $100.00 for 3 years
In return our members get access to numerous beer related benefits and discounts. You can often earn back your membership fee in only a few months. If you’re already convinced, please Join Now!
But if you’d like to learn more about what SOBA does for New Zealand, please keep reading.
Along with receiving numerous beer related benefits and discounts, you will be helping us to:
- Promote awareness of beer in all of its flavour & diversity
- Protect and improve consumer rights with regards to beer and associated service
- Promote quality, choice and value for money
- Campaign for greater appreciation of traditional crafted beer
- Seek improvements in all licensed premises and throughout the brewing industry
- Act as an independent resource for both the consumer, the pub trade, and the brewing industry
Your Membership will help us achieve these goals by supporting our numerous Beer Festivals around the country, our annual National Homebrew Competition. You will also be supporting various efforts, events and meet-ups in each region of the country and for New Zealand on the whole!
Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you in a good beer establishment soon.