The Big Lebrewski Pancake Beer takes the cake.

March 14, 2023

The 3rd annual Rare Beer Challenge was bigger than ever with 21 breweries from around New Zealand taking on the challenge of brewing a rare beer for Rare Disorders NZ. Aucklanders were also treated to a taste of rare with 16 Tun pouring Rare Beers over the weekend. 

Heyday Beer Co. took out the top prize with their Lingonberry Pancake Ale, based on the 90s cult movie The Big Lebowski. Rare Beer new comers Alibi Brewing Co. took out 2nd place with A heart Full of Cherries Barrel Blended Tart Ale aged on Cherries. Last years winners Choice Bros took out 3rd place with SAKE BOMB Ginjo Beer.

Top marks went to innovative breweries who were able to make the connection to Rare Disorders through their beer and marketing efforts. 

Rare Disorders NZ couldn’t of been more happy with the turn out and the quality of the entries. RDNZ is the reason why we are able to host the Rare Beer Challenge and aside from the donations from beer sales, we are most proud of the awareness the event is able to generate for this little organisation with a big heart. 

Thanks to everyone who managed to join us for the Rare Beer Challenge, we’ll see you again in 2024. Special thanks to all of the breweries that took part and our sponsors Gladfield Malt, NZ Hops and Kegstar for your support. 

Cheers to Rare.