The South Canterbury Home Brew Competition 2018

Congratulations to our 2018 Winners!

OxtoberFest Winners 2018


WHO: Oxtoberfest Home Brewers in South Canterbury Competition
WHAT: Amateur home brew competition 
WHERE: The Oxford
WHEN: Entries Close Monday 8th October. Oxtoberfest Event is Sunday 14th October 3pm, tickets will be available at the end of August 2018.

Your invited to an amateur home brew competition being held at the Oxford and judged by a group of professional brewers, brew masters and enthusiastic tasters. Oxtoberfest event will be held at the Oxford on the Sunday 14th October. South Canterbury‚Äôs commercial brewers will come together to have their beers available for tasting in beer stalls, with entertainment and food available.

Six Categories

  1. Lager / Pilsner
  2. Pale Ale
  3. Red / Amber
  4. Dark / Porter /Stout
  5. Wheat / Rye
  6. Open / Specialty



Entries Close: Monday 8th October. Entries can be dropped into the Oxford (152 Stafford St, Timaru) from Friday 5th October.

Entry Instructions: 

  • Download and print your Bottle Identification Label or collect from the Oxford.
  • Affix your Bottle Identification Label to a 1 litre bottle or 2x500ml bottles, covering the entire label with clear tape.
  • Deliver your bottle to the Oxford (152 Stafford St Timaru) between Friday 5th October and Monday 8th October.
  • Judging takes place Tuesday 9th October 2018..
  • Open to amateur home brewers who brew a small scale for personal, non-commercial purposes in South Canterbury: Timaru, Geraldine & Peel Forest, Temuka, Pleasant Point, Fairlie, Tekapo, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Twizel, Waimate.
  • Get your tickets and join us at Oxtoberfest hosted by the Oxford Restaurant on 14th October to celebrate local amateur and professional brewers


Judging Process & Disclaimer: Beers will be judged according to category and will follow the New Zealand Brewers Guild guidelines to an extent, however due to the smaller scale competition, judges reserve the right to alter some processes to best suit this competition. Given the vast number of beer varieties and our limited 6 categories, they will be judged in the category that closest suits the beer style provided. Please note this could mean being judged against similar beer styles but not exact beer type. There will be some flexibility granted to the judges here. Entrants will be provided with some feedback on their brews by the judges, this will be available after the Oxtoberfest event.