The South Canterbury Home Brew Competition 2020

Are you a home brewer? 

WHO: Oxtoberfest Home Brewers in South Canterbury Competition
WHAT: Amateur home brew competition
WHERE: The Oxford 
WHEN: Entries Close Monday 12th October 2020. Judging takes place 13th October. *Oxtoberfest Event is Saturday 17th October, tickets will be available at the end of August 2020.

Your are invited to an amateur home brew competition being held at the Oxford and judged by a group of professional brewers, brew master and enthusiastic tasters. Oxtoberfest event will be held at the Oxford on the Saturday 17th October. Some of South Canterbury’s 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. IPA / Pale Ale
  3. Red / Amber
  4. Dark / Porter /Stout
  5. Wheat / Rye
  6. Open / Specialty



Entries Close: Monday 12th October 2020. 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 printed copies from the Oxford Restaurant.
  • Affix Bottle ID Label to a 1 litre bottle or 2x500ml bottles, covering the entire label with clear tape. Please mark on your bottles if you want them returned. You have one week from the awards to collect. Beers will be stored refrigerated unless specified otherwise.
  • Deliver your bottle to the Oxford Restaurant, 152 Stafford St Timaru.
  • Drop off can be up to a week prior to the event. Courier/Postal entries are accepted.
  • Judging takes place 13th October 2020. *Winners announced at the Oxtoberfest party.
  • Get your tickets and join us at *Oxtoberfest on 17 October 2020

 Hosted by the Oxford Restaurant to celebrate local amateur and professional brewers.

Judging Process & Disclaimer:  The Oxtoberfest Party and Awards Night could be postponed depending on the government requirements for Covid19 Pandemic. 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.