Frequently Asked Questions

Does my entry need to be available for commercial sale?

Yes, you must certify that at the time of entry the product being entered into the Australian International Beer Awards is available for commercial sale in the precise composition and in the same packaging, including labels, in which it is sent for judging.

Can a distributor enter on behalf of a brewery?

Yes, if you are a distributor entering on behalf of a brewery, you will submit this brewery as an exhibitor. You can add multiple exhibitors as a distributor and each exhibitor can have multiple entries.

How do I enter through the USA Brewer's Association?

If you are entering as part of the USA Brewer’s Association Export Development Program (EDP), please contact Steve Parr at the Brewer’s Association to confirm your 2021 AIBA entries payment details.

What cards are accepted for the online payment of my entry?

Online payments can be made using Visa or Master Card. 

Do I need to pay for customs charges when delivering my beer?

Yes, you must pay for all customs and excise charges when arranging delivery of your beer samples to Australia. The AIBA will not pay any outstanding customs charges, and beer samples held by Australian Customs may not be judged.

When will the winners be announced?

The trophy winners will be announced at the AIBA Presentation. The 2022 presentation dinner event date is TBC.

When will the judging take place?

The judging dates for 2022 are TBC.

Why can the AIBA be conducted in 2021 when it was cancelled in 2020?

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) and the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) Advisory Committee have been preparing for the 2021 event since the cancelation of 2020.

Having completed a great deal of preparation and planning, the AIBA are well prepared to meet the challenges associated with hosting an event and implementing the appropriate considerations to ensure it is delivered in a COVIDSafe manner.

Will the AIBA have a COVIDSafe plan in place?

Yes. The AIBA will be governed by a comprehensive COVIDSafe plan that will be shared with all judges and event staff.

How will social distancing be implemented at the judging?

The judging of the AIBA will take place in a large indoor pavilion at Melbourne Showgrounds. Each of the individual judging panels will be appropriately distanced, have dedicated stewards and the judging area and equipment will be receive regular cleaning.

With most, if not all, of the judges being Victorian based, how are you ensuring the best people are involved?

The AIBA has a dedicated panel of experts that are involved with selecting the judges each year.
As per previous years, a rigorous selection process will be conducted to ensure that the AIBA involves Victorian based judges and associate judges who have vast international and interstate beer, brewing and judging experience

How many days will the judging be conducted over?

Four days. This will ensure that appropriate social distancing can occur with a smaller judging panel than previous years.

Will the brewers/breweries be reimbursed if the AIBA is cancelled?

Yes. In the event that conducting the AIBA becomes untenable in 2022, entrants will receive a full refund on their entries.

In the event that brewers have delivered or shipped their entries to the Melbourne Royal®, and the event is postponed or cancelled, will Melbourne Royal cover the cost of returning the product?

In the event of cancellation or postponement, Melbourne Royal® will not cover any expenses involved in the delivery, collection and return shipping of any exhibitor product associated with the AIBA.

Will the presentation dinner go ahead in its normal format?

Melbourne Royal® is will plan COVIDSafe options that will allow for the event to be conducted. Further updates on the event format will be provided to all entrants closer to the date.