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Thank you for your interest in the Vicbrew 2021 organized by Vicbrew, Belgian Beer Cafe, Southbank.

You only need to register your information once and can return to this site to enter more brews or edit the brews you've entered. You can even pay your entry fees online if you wish.


IMPORTANT: Closing date for entry drop-off has been extended AGAIN due to lockdown restrictions. Deadline TBA.

We are still aiming to run the competition this year. If the competition is cancelled, entry fees will be refunded. Vicbrew 2021 competition will be a State Championship only and not act as a qualifier for AABC 2021 if it cannot be run before the AABC 2021 cut-off date.

Juding has been postoped. New date TBA.

Note that when the judging venue re-opens, there might be a requirement for patrons (judges and stewards) to be vaccinated.

1. Maxiumum of 12 entries per brewer. All entries online at Online entries close 1PM 21st August 2021.

2. Entries must be received by Saturday 21st August at 1PM at one of the Drop-Off locations listed on the website under the Info tab.

3. VicBrew2021 will be judged using the AABC Style Guidelines (2019 version), available at:

4. Maximum of 2 entries per Category per brewer. Within this limit, only one entry per style. The beer style nominated must be a designated style for the category (as per AABC Style Guidelines). Organisers may reclassify or disqualify incorrectly nominated entries.

5. Entries must be amateur brews. Beers fermented in a commercial brewery are ineligible.

6. One bottle (glass, plastic or can) per entry (750ml preferred) with a minimum of 500 ml. Absolute maximum bottle dimensions are: diameter = 90mm; maximum height including cap or cork =300mm. Cost is $8 per entry.

7. Beers in each Category will be judged by a panel of judges. Judging will be by blind tasting. Judges’ decision will be final. Completed scoresheets will be returned to entrants. Queued judging will be used for large categories with several judging panels and no scaling of scores to determine the placings.

8. Trophies will be awarded for the 3 highest scoring beers in each Category. In the event of tied scores, placegetters will be decided by progressive countback as follows: a) highest score for Overall Impression; b) highest score for Flavour; c) smallest spread in total scores (smallest difference between highest and lowest scores); d) the judging panel will be requested to resolve the tie.

9. Champion Beer of Show and Best Novice will be awarded to the highest scoring beer in the competition. In the event of a tie, a progressive countback will be used as for category placings. Entries in categories 19 and 20 are ineligible for the Champion Beer award. The Best Novice Trophy is open to brewers who have not placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in previous VicBrew accredited competitions.

10. Champion Brewer and Best Club of Show (The Barney) will be determined by the sum of placing points awarded: 1st: 3 points, 2nd: 2 points; 3rd: 1 point. In the event of a tie, then the sum of the placing points times the judging points will be used to decide the winners. For example, a win (3 placing points) for a beer receiving 130 judging points and a third place (1 placing point) for a beer receiving 110 judging points would have a total of 3x130 + 1x110 = 500 points. If there is still a tie, then joint winners will be declared.

11. Scott Vernon Perpetual Trophy will be awarded to the Club providing the greatest number of entrants.

12. Competition will be judged Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th at the Belgian Beer Cafe, Southbank, 5 Riverside Quay, Victoria.

13. Presentations will be made after 5pm at the event provided all judging has been completed.

14. Brewers of the best three entries in each Category will be invited to enter that brew (or a replacement) in the Australian Amateur Brewing Championships (the Nationals) to be held in Hobart on 23rd October 2021. Entry fee to VicBrew 2021 includes cost of entry to Nationals and delivery from participating Victorian brew shops.

15. Vicbrew 2021 is a BJCP registered competition.

16. Privacy. Personal information provided by brewers with their entries will only be used for the conduct of the competition. This information will not be released to third parties, other than the names of brewers and their brew club, which will be published in the results lists for the competition.

Competition Officials

You can send an email to any of the following individuals via Contact.

  • Michael Guenzel — Competition Coordinator
  • Mark Hibberd — Competition Coordinator