What's New in 2022

New Classes

Following a number of revisions to the US Brewers Association 2021 Edition Beer Style Guidelines, the 2022 Melbourne Royal Australian International Beer Awards sees the introduction of several new Classes, including:

  • New Zealand-Style Pale Ale (Best International-Style Pale Ale)
  • New Zealand-Style India Pale Ale (Best Traditional India Pale Ale)
  • Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale (Best New World-Style Pale Ale)
  • Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale (Best New World-Style Pale Ale)
  • Experimental India Pale Ale (Best Modern India Pale Ale)
  • For a complete list of Classes, please refer to ‘Sections and Classes of Entry’.

    Note the following styles having been replaced –
  • Class 10D - Black India Pale Ale, replaced by Class 12F - American-Style Black Ale
  • Class 11C - New England India Pale Ale, replaced by Class 11B - Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale

Renamed Categories (Trophies)

With the addition of these new Classes, the Trophy for 'Best New World-Style Pale Ale’ has been renamed 'Best Modern Pale Ale'.

Best Reduced / Low Alcohol

The +0.3% tolerance on Class 14 – Best Reduced / Low Alcohol has been reinstated, meaning the permitted upper limit on Reduced / Low Alcohol Ales and Lagers is now 3.8% ABV, however the stated ABV must not be more than 3.5% and must be as advertised. Entries in Class 14 will be audited for compliance. Entries exceeding 3.8% in ABV will be disqualified.

The lower limit of ABV for these styles remains 0.5%, the lowest alcohol by volume content that requires an ABV statement on the label as prescribed by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code – Standard 2.7.1.

Audit Procedures

To uphold the integrity of the competition and its results, each year Melbourne Royal conducts a physical and telephone audit of entrants and entries in the lead up to, during, and after judging, to ensure compliance with stated ABV, Styles, Annual Brewery Production, etc. This may include lab analysis of ABV%. Entrants are to ensure the information they provide during the entry process is accurate.

Exhibits must be entered in their correct Class according to style and ABV range. The style of beer stated on the commercial label must match the Class and ABV range entered; for example, if the style of beer stated on the commercial label is India Pale Ale, then the beer must be entered into an India Pale Ale Class and must be within the permitted ABV range for that style.

While a tolerance of +0.3% is permitted, the stated ABV must be within Style Guidelines. Note that an exhibit will not be eligible to win a trophy if the commercial name of the entry stylistically differs from the Class it was entered.

Brewers Guild of New Zealand

In 2022, the Awards are partnering with the Brewers Guild of New Zealand and Hellmann Worldwide Logistics in Auckland to facilitate consolidated shipment direct to the Awards. Please see ‘Delivery of Exhibits’ in the Entry Booklet for further information.