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05 March 2021

Entries now open for the 2021 Australian International Beer Awards

Best brewers across the world | The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), Melbourne, Australia, is pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2021 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA).

The AIBA annually celebrate and recognise the best brewers across the world with up to 35 trophies presented to the champions of each category, including the overall Champion Australian Beer and Champion International Beer. Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, it is one of the largest annual beer competitions in the world assessing both draught and packaged beer, attracting around 2600 entries from more than 400 breweries in 26 countries.

The 28th AIBA will be judged over four days at Melbourne Showgrounds, from 11-14 May 2021. The RASV and the members of the Industry Advisory Group are thrilled that the AIBA go ahead in 2021, after not being held in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic. To minimise the potential impact of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, in particular interstate travel, the organizers have assembled an expert judging panel that involves the best Victorian based beer and brewing experts that bring the skills, knowledge, experience and importantly – a passion for celebrating beer and brewing excellence. The expert panel will judge each entry against specific criteria including appearance, aroma, flavour and body, technical quality and style.

Several changes have been introduced for the 2021 Australian International Beer Awards, including a new category for non-alcoholic beer, a split of the India Pale Ale (IPA) category into Best Modern IPA and Best Traditional IPA and the split of the Best Specialty Beer into the two trophies of Best Speciality Beer and Best Speciality Flavoured Beer. This year will also include the presentation of a new trophy for Champion Victorian Brewery, awarded by the Premier of Victoria. All trophies are set to be awarded at the 2021 AIBA Presentation Ceremony with details regarding the format to be announced closer to the date.

The AIBA is open for entry until Friday 26 March – for all details on how to enter head to rasv.com.au/australian-international-beer-awards/.