Committee Update October/November

The last couple of months have been somewhat eventful the committee, here’s what’s been happening:

– The committee realises that the SOBA membership is full of talented individuals, some of who might want to volunteer some of those talents one day to help SOBA out. You should have received an email recently asking whether you’ve got some special skills that may be useful to SOBA at some stage, please reply if you’d like to help advance craft beer in New Zealand! If you didn’t receive this email and you’ve got specialist skills you may be able to volunteer at some stage, please let us know at [email protected]

– Work is well under way developing the foundations and framework of SOBA. Currently (among other things) job descriptions for key roles are being created to better define how our organisation should run.

– The new SOBA tee is available at

– A big thanks to who have kindly supported SOBA with a generous discount on their online beer range. You will have received an email detailing how to take advantage of this discount.

– The 2013 SOBA National Homebrew Competition was again run without a hitch by the amazing Hamilton volunteer crew, headed up by Greig McGill, Graeme Mahy and Phil Murray. Their innovative system delivered judging sheets and announced medals within minutes of brewers’ beers being judged. Again the NHC proved to be New Zealand’s largest homebrew competition, with 365 beers entered. It was a truly world class competition, and we sincerely thank everyone who helped make it possible. And of course, congratulations to all winners!
Final results can be found here:

– The results from the first annual SOBA awards have been tallied, thank you to all who responded to the survey. We’re very excited to be able to honour the venues and individuals flying the flag for beer in New Zealand. As the awards are regional we’re currently working on various award presentation events at centres around the country, so keep your ear out for presentation events in December/January!


About David
SOBA Website Admin, Former SOBA President (2013-2016), Former SOBA Committee Member (2011-2013)

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