8 Wired On Top At NZ Beer Awards

August 6, 2023, by Crafty Pint

8 Wired On Top At NZ Beer Awards

8 Wired won two top gongs at the 2023 New Zealand Beer Awards: Overall Champion NZ Brewing Company and Champion New Zealand Beer for Wild Feijoa 2022. Garage Project claimed a hat-trick on the night too, with a third straight Champion Large Brewery trophy.

The other Champion Brewery titles went to Behemoth (Medium), Shining Peak (Small), Workshop Brewing (Micro), and Ballast Point from the US (International), with Champion NZ Manufacturer going to bStudio.

Garage Project, whose story we featured on the site earlier this year, also claimed the European Ale award for their Chance, Luck & Magic 2020 on an evening at which the individual beer trophies were spread evenly. Only Behemoth, with wins for Clayton F#$%ing Hops NZ IPA and Music City Hazy IPA, doubled up on the night.

The awards, run by the NZ Brewers Guild, also recognise a number of other facets of the beer industry. This saw trophies go to Rhyme & Reason in Wanaka for Beer Tourism, Waitoa Beer for Packaging, Sawmill Brewing Co for Sustainability, and Simon Ross of Microbrew Tech for Innovation.

There were 825 entries from 80 companies, with 82 gold, 230 silver, and 252 bronze medals awarded. The awards ceremony was held last night (August 5) at the Wigram Airforce Museum in Christchurch.

Full List Of Winners


Champion New Zealand Beer

8 Wired Wild Feijoa 2022

Champion Large New Zealand Brewery

Garage Project

Champion Medium New Zealand Brewery


Champion Small New Zealand Brewery

Shining Peak

Champion Micro New Zealand Brewery

Workshop Brewing

Champion New Zealand Manufacturer


Champion International Brewery

Ballast Point

International Lager

Longboarder Lager – McLeod’s Brewery

New Zealand Styles

Clayton F#$%ing Hops NZ IPA – Behemoth

Amber / Dark Lager

Lock Bock Barrel – Sprig + Fern

British Ale

Emerson’s Old 95 – The Emerson Brewing Company

European Ale

Chance, Luck & Magic 2020 – Garage Project

Amber / Dark Ale 

Red IPA – Parrotdog

International Pale Ale

Sawmill XPA – Sawmill Brewing Co

India Pale Ale

Terrible Lizards – Brave Brewing Co

Juicy / Hazy

Music City Hazy IPA – Behemoth 

Stout & Porter

Unforgiven Porter – Burkes Brewing Co

Wheat & Other Grain

Good George Hefe Mulligan – Good George Brewing

Fruit & Flavoured

Wild Feijoa 2022 – 8 Wired Brewing

Specialty & Experimental

Solera – Deep Creek Brewing

No & Reduced Alcohol

Little Mighty – Beer Baroness Brewing Company

Barrel & Wood-Aged

Russet – Wilderness Brewing

Beer Tourism

Rhyme & Reason


Waitoa Beer

Brewing Sustainability

Sawmill Brewing Co


Simon Ross – Microbrew Tech

For the full list of medalists, head here. Photo at top of article from 8 Wired's Facebook page.


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