About

We are the voice of New Zealand’s brewing industry.

Our mission is to be the voice that represents our members via advocacy, resources and knowledge while celebrating our unique and diverse industry.

We are here to SUPPORT, CHAMPION & BOOST our members and the wider industry. Our strategic focus fosters innovation, encourages social responsibility and strives to support the commercial success of the New Zealand’s brewing industry.

Our strategy is pretty straight forward – we are here to facilitate COLLABORATION for the betterment of our member businesses, to create CONNECTION to help foster innovation and promote the industry and CELEBRATE the wins. Our VISION, MISSION and VALUES reflect our unique, passionate and diverse industry.

Our History

The Brewers Guild of New Zealand has been around for a while. On 21 November 2006, Dunedin brewing legend Richard Emerson and 15 members registered the ‘Guild’ as an incorporated Society with a view to create a collective of like minded folks who had the same goal, to help grow and protect New Zealand’s brewing industry.

Plenty has happened since then, and we’re pleased that we still have some of those original 16 as active members of the Guild. Good things take time, and it’s always great when those good things last the distance. We’re pretty confident that what the ‘OG’s’ had in mind isn’t too far from where we are today.

Our Team

Heidi Crockett

Colab Brewing

Auckland

Alyssa Hodgson

Lion

Auckland

Shane Morley

Steam Brewing

Auckland

Brian Watson

Chair

Good George Brewing

Hamilton

Eddie Gapper

Vice Chair

Altitude Brewing Company

Queenstown

Mark Limber

Two Thumb Brewing

Christchurch

Jason Ray

Volstead Brewing Co

Christchurch

Sebastian Burke

Burkes Brewing Co

Tekapo

Michael Oosthuizen

DB Breweries

Auckland

Want to know more about joining the board?

Our board is elected each year at the AGM (dependant on the expiring terms of the directors).  The Board aims to provide representation from across the membership at the AGM.  If you are interested in joining the Board you can find more below.

Melanie Kees

Executive Director

Jo Buckland-Stevens

Administration & Membership Coordinator

HALL OF FAME

The Brewers Guild of New Zealand is a representative group whose strength comes from the collaboration of organisations and individuals within our industry.

The Guild Hall of Fame is where we honour and recognise the contribution by individuals to both the Brewers Guild as an organisation and to the wider industry.

Join us in saying CHEERS to these great individuals.

Honorary Fellow

This is the Guild’s highest honour and is awarded sparingly to recognise the high level of achievement of individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the Brewers Guild of New Zealand.

To be considered for Honorary Fellowship of the Brewers Guild, the person must have been active in the brewing industry for at least 10 years. During this period, the person must have demonstrated a significant commitment to the aims and objectives of the Brewers Guild and have been actively involved in supporting the Brewers Guild to advance the interests of the New Zealand brewing industry.

The award of Honorary Fellow may be made to an individual who has worked for, or owned, a Brewers Guild member organisation. However, the individual no longer need to be working within the Brewing Industry and/or their company does not need to be a member at the time of the Award.

Tracy Banner

Sprig + Fern Brewing Co.

NELSON - TASMAN

Ralph Bungard

Three Boys Brewery

CANTERBURY

David Cryer

Cryer Malt

AUCKLAND

Richard Emerson

Emerson's Brewery

OTAGO

Honorary Member

Honorary membership is awarded to a person distinguished in any of the technical, organisational or productive aspects of brewing who has been of material assistance to the Brewers Guild of New Zealand.

To be considered for Honorary Membership to the Brewers Guild, the person must have been active in the brewing industry for at least 3 years. During this period, the person must have demonstrated a commitment to the aims and objectives of the Brewers Guild and have been actively involved in supporting the Brewers Guild to advance the interests of the New Zealand brewing industry.

The award of Honorary Member may be made to an individual who has worked for, or owned, a Brewers Guild member organisation. However, the individual no longer need to be working within the Brewing Industry and/or their company does not need to be a member at the time of the Award

Dave Nicholls

DNA Brewing

MALBOROUGH

Brian Watson

Good George Brewing

WAIKATO

Jonathan Alve

DB Breweries

AUCKLAND

John Harrington

Harringtons Brewery

CANTERBURY

Tracy Banner

Sprig + Fern Brewing Co.

NELSON - TASMAN

Ralph Bungard

Three Boys Brewery

CANTERBURY

Craig Bowen

Brewing Industry Members

Industry Achievement Award

This honour is awarded to a person who has gained recognition for outstanding achievement in a field allied to the brewing industry. This Honour is distinct from other Industry Awards at the New Zealand Beer Awards because it awards individuals rather than organisational achievements.

To be considered for an Industry Achievement Award, the person must have been active in the brewing industry for at least 5 years. During this time, the person will have demonstrated a commitment to supporting the interests of Brewers and actively going above and beyond in their conduct and service to make the day-to-day activities for brewers easier. More than focusing on ‘just doing their job’ this award recognised excellence in customer service, positivity in attitude and a commitment to collaboration.

Dean Bradley

Convention Management NZ

Carl Vasta

Tuatara Brewing Co

WELLINGTON

Doreen Helms

Non Industry Members

Doug Donelan

Geoff Griggs

Brewing Industry Members

Gabi Michael

Gladfield Malt Ltd

CANTERBURY

Doug Michael

Gladfield Malt Ltd

CANTERBURY

James Holly

Nomination and Selection Process

Nominations for the Honours Awards are initiated and supported by the Brewers Guild of New Zealand. We encourage anyone who knows of an individual they believe should be recognised for their contribution to brewing in New Zealand, to nominate them for Honours.

We will update this when nominations reopen for the current year and provide a link for the nomination form.
 

Online Nominations Open 

2024 Dates TBA

Online Nominations Close

2024 Dates TBA

SAFE, SUSTAINABLE, SOCIAL
OUR COMMITMENT

‘Safe, Sustainable and Social’ is the Brewers Guild of New Zealand alcohol policy statement that commits all Guild members to work together to tackle social issues around alcohol and, at the same time, build a healthy, vibrant and diverse local brewing industry.

The Brewers Guild commits to supporting clear goals and actions that promote sensible drinking and reduce antisocial behaviour and harm that alcohol can cause. At the same time The Brewers Guild aims to ensure that people can enjoy alcohol safely and responsibly and that they benefit from a diverse and vibrant local brewing industry.

The Brewers Guild is committed to consulting and interacting in a positive manner with policy makers and organisations involved with social issues around alcohol. The Brewers Guild is committed to encouraging individual brewery actions, social opinion and government policies that:

 

  1. Support the enforcement of policy aimed at illegal and irresponsible behaviour associated with alcohol; 
  2. Focus policy, support and information on those most at risk from harm associated with use, misuse and abuse of alcohol; 
  3. Support initiatives and policy that creates an environment which promotes sensible drinking; 
  4. Promote and encourage a healthy, vibrant and diverse local brewing industry. 
SAFE, SUSTAINABLE, SOCIAL
OUR COMMITMENT

The Brewers Guild are committed to supporting our members to ensure that the brewing industry in New Zealand is a safe and inclusive place for people to work and socialise. We are also committed to offer training and education for our members to help them develop and evolve their workplaces to be inclusive, diverse and safe.

We are pleased to partner with ‘The Good Fight’ powered by Beer Baroness and their colab guest breweries, to help provide a variety of training that will support and guide better practices within the industry.  

The Guild will also continue to encourage businesses in the brewing Industry to review internal practices, procedures and Standards of Conduct to ensure that they are current and reflect best practice.

SAFE, SUSTAINABLE, SOCIAL

DIVERSITY IN BEER

The Brewers Guild of New Zealand and Pink Boots NZ have united in a commitment to foster a safe and inclusive environment within the New Zealand brewing industry, targeting both workplace and social contexts. Pink Boots NZ, originally established to empower women beer professionals through education, actively collaborates with the Brewers Guild to encourage industry-wide participation in diversity and inclusion discussions. Community members are invited to share their experiences and suggestions for improvement through various channels including email, where correspondence will be kept confidential by Sabrina Kunz and Kelly Ockwell, and Instagram via the @nzbeerfam account, a platform designed to facilitate change within the industry.

Additionally, Pink Boots NZ is organizing regional gatherings to allow industry members to discuss issues and potential solutions in a supportive atmosphere, aiming not just to share but also to educate and influence lasting change. The Brewers Guild encourages businesses to examine their internal practices, suggesting the use of their sample Standards of Conduct and employment agreement templates to help ensure workplaces are inclusive and safe. Furthermore, the international Brave Noise Beer collaboration is highlighted as an incentive for breweries to review their standards of conduct, promoting transparency and commitment to creating inclusive environments. This collaboration reflects the broader industry’s ongoing effort to evolve and adapt its strategies for inclusivity and safety, with the Guild and Pink Boots NZ pledging to keep their approach to these issues transparent and responsive to the community’s needs.