We learn the value of certificates from a young age - as children there's no greater achievement than returning home with a piece of paper bearing a shiny sticker and your name.
The joy of awards still hasn't lost its shine. Adulthood affords many privileges, including enjoying a good pint of beer, of which some 541 were entered into last year's Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards, all aiming to win bronze, silver or gold medals. 35% did so - beaming like certificate-bearing children.
Entries are now open once more for this year's Craftology-sponsored Awards, which will be announced on the 21st of August at Wellington's Shed 6. Both industry and the public are welcome to attend, with the evening being hosted by TV personality Te Radar, a passionate home brewer.
Entries can be made until the 25th of July by clicking here. You must be a New Zealand brewery to enter.