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ABCSA is open to all interested amateur brewers who are residents of South Australia.

  1. All entries must be made using private equipment by amateur brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or brew on-premises operations etc.).
  2. Maximum of two entries per category – within this limit only one entry per style. Maximum ten entries per entrant.
  3. Fix one entry label per clean bottle with a rubber band only – no tape. Do not put your name on the label or bottle.
  4. Vessels containing beer should be at least 500ml and no more than 1000ml in volume in glass, PET plastic or can (over 500ml). 700-800ml preferred. No 330ml stubbies or cans.
  5. The fee of $7.00 (+ processing fees) per entry must be paid by credit card. Cash will not be accepted.
  6. Beer judging guidelines can be found on
  7. The competition organisers are not responsible for incorrectly categorised entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline or that arrived damaged, or for the loss or damage to any entry, entry form, or fee.
  8. Entrants are bound by the competition rules. The judges’ and Competition Director’s decision is final and no dispute will be entered into.
  9. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category.
  10. By entering the competition, entrants accept the competition rules, conditions of entry and categories and styles and are bound by these conditions.
  11. Participants must declare any conflict of interest before taking part in the administration or judging of a competition.
  12. All entries are submitted on the basis that they are to judged for the competition, not for feedback only.
  13. By registering for this competition, participants agree to grant the event organizers permission to photograph and record their likeness, and acknowledge that these images may be used for promotional or marketing purposes, without any expectation of compensation.


AABC 2022 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1.1 Berliner Weisse [BJCP 23A]1.2 Scottish Light [BJCP 14A]1.3 Scottish Heavy [BJCP 14B]
1.4 American Light Lager [BJCP 1A]1.5 London Brown Ale; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]1.6 Dark Mild [BJCP 13A]
1.7 German Leichtbier [BJCP 5A]1.8 Czech Pale Lager [BJCP 3A]1.9 Ordinary Bitter [BJCP 11A]
1.10 Piwo Grodziskie; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]2.1 American Lager [BJCP 1B]2.2 International Pale Lager [BJCP 2A]
2.3 Munich Helles [BJCP 4A]2.4 Helles Exportbier (Dortmunder) [BJCP 5C]2.5 Pre-Prohibition Lager; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]
2.6 German Pils [BJCP 5D]2.7 Czech Premium Pale Lager (Boh. Pils) [BJCP 3B]2.8 Festbier [BJCP 4B]
3.1 International Amber Lager [BJCP 2B]3.2 Czech Amber Lager [BJCP 3C]3.3 International Dark Lager [BJCP 2C]
3.4 Munich Dunkel [BJCP 8A]3.5 Vienna Lager [BJCP 7A]3.6 Märzen [BJCP 6A]
3.7 Czech Dark Lager [BJCP 3D]3.8 Schwarzbier [BJCP 8B]3.9 Rauchbier [BJCP 6B]
3.10 Kellerbier; Historical Beer [BJCP 27] 4.1 Cream Ale [BJCP 1C]4.2 Blonde Ale [BJCP 18A]
4.3 Kölsch [BJCP 5B]4.4 Belgian Pale Ale [BJCP 24B]4.5 Australian Sparkling Ale [BJCP 12B]
4.6 British Golden Ale [BJCP 12A]4.7 New Zealand Pilsner [BJCP X5]4.8 Belgian Blond Ale [BJCP 25A]
5.1 American Pale Ale [BJCP 18B]6.1 English IPA [BJCP 12C]6.2 American IPA [BJCP 21A]
6.3 Double IPA [BJCP 22A]7.1 Hazy IPA [BJCP 21C]7.3 Belgian IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B]
7.4 Black IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 7.5 Brown IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 7.6 Red IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B]
7.7 Rye IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 7.8 White IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 7.9 Brut IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B]
8.1 Best Bitter [BJCP 11B]8.2 American Amber Ale [BJCP 19A]8.3 Altbier [BJCP 7B]
8.4 California Common [BJCP 19B]8.5 Strong Bitter [BJCP 11C]9.1 Irish Red Ale [BJCP 15A]
9.2 Scottish Export [BJCP 14C]9.3 Kentucky Common; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]9.4 British Brown Ale [BJCP 13B]
9.5 American Brown Ale [BJCP 19C]10.1 English Porter [BJCP 13C]10.2 Pre-Prohibition Porter; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]
10.3 American Porter [BJCP 20A]10.4 Baltic Porter [BJCP 9C]11.1 Sweet Stout [BJCP 16A]
11.2 Irish Stout [BJCP 15B]11.3 Oatmeal Stout [BJCP 16B]11.4 Irish Extra Stout [BJCP 15C]
12.1 Tropical Stout [BJCP 16C]12.2 Foreign Extra Stout [BJCP 16D]12.3 American Stout [BJCP 20B]
12.4 Imperial Stout [BJCP 20C]13.1 Weissbier [BJCP 10A]13.2 Witbier [BJCP 24A]
13.3 American Wheat Beer [BJCP 1D]13.4 Lichtenhainer; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]13.5 Dunkles Weissbier [BJCP 10B]
13.6 Roggenbier; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]13.7 Weizenbock [BJCP 10C] 13.8 Wheatwine [BJCP 22D]
14.1 Saison [BJCP 25B] 14.2 Bière de Garde [BJCP 24C] 14.3 Belgian Dubbel [BJCP 26B]
14.4 Belgian Single [BJCP 26A]14.5 Belgian Tripel [BJCP 26C]14.6 Belgian Golden Strong Ale [BJCP 25C]
14.7 Belgian Dark Strong Ale [BJCP 26D]15.1 Helles Bock [BJCP 4C]15.2 Dunkles Bock [BJCP 6C]
15.3 Doppelbock [BJCP 9A] 15.4 Eisbock [BJCP 9B]15.5 Wee Heavy [BJCP 17C]
15.6 British Strong Ale [BJCP 17A]15.7 Old Ale [BJCP 17B]15.8 English Barleywine [BJCP 17D]
15.9 American Strong Ale [BJCP 22B]15.10 American Barleywine [BJCP 22C]15.11 Sahti; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]
16.1 Gose [BJCP 23G]16.2 Lambic [BJCP 23D]16.3 Gueuze [BJCP 23E]
16.4 Fruit Lambic [BJCP 23F] 16.5 Straight Sour Beer [BJCP 28D]16.6 Flanders Red Ale [BJCP 23B]
16.7 Oud Bruin [BJCP 23C]16.8 Brett Beer [BJCP 28A] 16.9 Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer [BJCP 28B]
16.10 Wild Specialty Beer [BJCP 28C] 17.1 Fruit Beer [BJCP 29A] 17.2 Fruit and Spice Beer [BJCP 29B]
17.3 Specialty Fruit Beer [BJCP 29C] 17.4 Grape Ale [BJCP 29D] 17.5 Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer [BJCP 30A]
17.6 Autumn Seasonal Beer [BJCP 30B] 17.7 Winter Seasonal Beer [BJCP 30C] 17.8 Specialty Spice Beer [BJCP 30D]
18.1 Classic Style Smoked Beer [BJCP 32A] 18.2 Specialty Smoked Beer [BJCP 32B] 18.3 Wood-Aged Beer [BJCP 33A]
18.4 Specialty Wood-Aged Beer [BJCP 33B] 18.5 Alternative Grain Beer [BJCP 31A] 18.6 Alternative Sugar Beer [BJCP 31B]
18.7 Experimental Beer [BJCP 34C] 18.8 Commercial Specialty Beer [BJCP 34A] 18.9 Mixed-Style Beer [BJCP 34B]
19.1 Dry Mead [BJCP M1A] 19.2 Semi-Sweet Mead [BJCP M1B] 19.3 Sweet Mead [BJCP M1C]
19.4 Cyser [BJCP M2A] 19.5 Pyment [BJCP M2B] 19.6 Berry Mead [BJCP M2C]
19.7 Stone Fruit Mead [BJCP M2D] 19.8 Melomel [BJCP M2E] 19.9 Fruit and Spice Mead [BJCP M3A]
19.10 Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Mead [BJCP M3B] 19.11 Braggot [BJCP M4A] 19.12 Historical Mead [BJCP M4B]
19.13 Experimental Mead [BJCP M4C] 20.1 New World Cider [BJCP C1A] 20.2 English Cider [BJCP C1B]
20.3 French Cider [BJCP C1C] 20.4 New World Perry [BJCP C1D] 20.5 Traditional Perry [BJCP C1E]
20.6 New England Cider [BJCP C2A] 20.7 Cider with Other Fruit [BJCP C2B] 20.8 Applewine [BJCP C2C]
20.9 Ice Cider [BJCP C2D] 20.10 Cider with Herbs/Spices [BJCP C2E] 20.11 Specialty Cider/Perry [BJCP C2F]


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 1

Judging Sessions and Dates

Saturday AM
Saturday 26 August, 2023 9:00 AM, ACST

Saturday PM
Saturday 26 August, 2023 12:00 PM, ACST

Sunday AM
Sunday 27 August, 2023 9:00 AM, ACST

Sunday PM
Sunday 27 August, 2023 12:00 PM, ACST


Best of Show

Best Beer of Show and runner up will be awarded to the first and second highest scoring beer in the competition.

Best Brewer of Show and runner up will be awarded to the brewer with the highest aggregate points score (3 points for a 1st place, 2 points for a 2nd place, 1 point for a 3rd place).



1st, 2nd and 3rd places will be awarded for each category.


Awards Ceremony

The Wheatsheaf Hotel
39 George Street Thebarton
Saturday 2 September, 2023 2:00 PM, ACST


Circuit Qualification

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed beers in each category will be eligible for entry into the Australian Amateur Brewing Championship.
Please keep a second bottle of each of your entries to have available to enter AABC, should you place at ABCSA.