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Thank you for your interest in the Vicbrew 2024 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.

If you are willing to judge or steward, please return to register on or after Saturday 1 June, 2024 7:00 AM, AEST.

Rules

Vicbrew 2024 is scheduled for September 14th and 15th.

Vicbrew 2024 competition will be run as the Victorian qualifying competition for the National Championship competition, AABC 2024 to be held in Brisbane on ?? November 2024.

1. Maximum of 12 entries per brewer. All entries are online at comps.vicbrew.org. Online entries close 1PM 24th August 2024.

2. Entries must be received by Saturday 24th August at 1PM at one of the Drop-Off locations listed on the website under the Info tab.

3. VicBrew2024 will be judged using the BJCP Style Guidelines (2021 version), available at: www.aabc.org.au
Categories and substyles are listed here.

4. Maximum of 2 entries per AABC 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 2023 Categories). 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 $12 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 14th and Sunday 15th at the Belgian Beer Cafe, Southbank, 5 Riverside Quay, Victoria.

13. Presentations will be made at the venue after all judging has been completed, approximately 5pm.

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 Brisbane on ?? November 2024. Entry fee to VicBrew 2024 includes cost of entry to Nationals and delivery from participating Victorian brew shops.

15. Vicbrew 2024 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.

Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 1

Maximum of 2 entries per AABC Category per brewer (AABC 2024 Categories). Within this limit, only one entry per style.

The beer style nominated must be a designated style for the category (as per AABC 2022 Categories). Organisers may reclassify or disqualify incorrectly nominated entries.

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.

Crown-seal glass bottles, swing-top bottles, corked bottles, plastic bottles and cans will be accepted.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Entry paperwork (printed directly from this website) should be attached to bottles with clear tape.

Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.

Competition Officials

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

  • Michael Guenzel — Competition Coordinator
  • Mark Hibberd — Competition Coordinator
  • John Keske — Webmaster

Sponsors

Vicbrew is proud to have the following sponsors for the Vicbrew 2024.

Gladfield Malt
721 Hororata Dunsandel Road RD 2, Leeston, Canterbury, 7682, New Zealand
Gladfield Malt
22. Champion Beer of Show
Keg King
48 Smith Rd, Springvale VIC 3171
Keg King
23. Champion Club of Show
Lallemand Yeast
23-25 Erudina Ave, Edwardstown SA 5039
Lallemand Yeast
21. Champion Brewer of Show
Vicbrew
 
Vicbrew
24 Best Novice Brewer
Aunty Jacks Brewery
315-317 Mair St, Ballarat Central VIC 3350
Aunty Jacks Brewery
3. Amber and Dark Lager
BeerCo
Unit 1/1-3 Disney Ave, Keilor East VIC 3033
BeerCo
2. Pale Lager
Billsons Brewery
29 Last St, Beechworth VIC 3747
Billsons Brewery
18. Specialty Beer
Bintani
8 Grange Road Moorabbin Airport, VIC, 3194
Bintani
1. Low Alcohol
Ellerslie Hop Estate
17 Redland Dr, Mitcham VIC 3132
Ellerslie Hop Estate
9. Brown Ale
Gladfield Malt
721 Hororata Dunsandel Road RD 2, Leeston, Canterbury, 7682, New Zealand
Gladfield Malt
11. Stout
Grain & Grape
5/280 Whitehall St, Yarraville, VIC 3013
Grain & Grape
6. American Pale Ale
Greensborough Home Brew
29 Beewar St, Greensborough VIC 3088
Greensborough Home Brew
12. Strong Stout
Joe White Malting
6 Williamson St, Delacombe VIC 3356
Joe White Malting
15. Strong Ale & Lager
Kaiju Beer
27 Hume St, Huntingdale VIC 3166
Kaiju Beer
20. Cider & Perry
Kegland
410 Princes Hwy, Noble Park North VIC 3174
Kegland
7. Specialty IPA
Kegland
410 Princes Hwy, Noble Park North VIC 3174
Kegland
6. India Pale Ale
Kegland
410 Princes Hwy, Noble Park North VIC 3174
Kegland
10. Porter
Kegland
410 Princes Hwy, Noble Park North VIC 3174
Kegland
16. Sour & Wild Ale
Kegland
410 Princes Hwy, Noble Park North VIC 3174
Kegland
17. Fruit & Spice Beer
Keglant
410 Princes Hwy, Noble Park North VIC 3174
Keglant
4. Pale Ale
Stone Dog Meadery
432 Willow Glen Rd, Lower Boro NSW 2580
Stone Dog Meadery
19. Mead
The Crafty Pint
https://craftypint.com/
The Crafty Pint
8. Amber Ale
Voyager Craft Malt
783 Whitton Darlington Point Rd, Whitton NSW 2705
Voyager Craft Malt
13. Wheat & Rye Beer
Yarra Valley Whisky
Millgrove
Yarra Valley Whisky
14. Belgian Ale
Ellerslie Hop Estate
17 Redland Dr, Mitcham VIC 3132
Ellerslie Hop Estate
Sponsor
Ellerslie Hop Estate
17 Redland Dr, Mitcham VIC 3132
Ellerslie Hop Estate
Sponsor
Ellerslie Hop Estate
17 Redland Dr, Mitcham VIC 3132
Ellerslie Hop Estate
Sponsor
Ellerslie Hop Estate
17 Redland Dr, Mitcham VIC 3132
Ellerslie Hop Estate
Sponsor