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 Melbourne Royal 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 entry payment details.

Steve Parr
Export Development Program Manager
T: 303 915 0876

I am a member of the Brewers Guild of New Zealand, how do I ship my products?

Members of the Brewers Guild of New Zealand are encouraged to contact Jo Buckland-Stevens from the Guild to receive instructions on consolidated shipment.

Jo Buckland-Stevens
Administration & Membership Coordinator
T: +64 021 663 163 

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 the delivery of your beer samples to Australia. The Awards will not pay any outstanding customs charges, and beer samples held by Australian Customs may not be judged.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be announced at a live-streamed presentation dinner on Thursday 25 May. 

Will the brewers/breweries be reimbursed if the Awards are cancelled?

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

In the event that brewers have delivered or shipped their entries to the Awards, 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 Awards.

What are the key dates for 2024?

Entries Open

Tuesday 30 January

Entries Close

Friday 8 March


Monday 1 – Friday 19 April

Judging Dates

Tuesday 7 – Friday 10 May


Thursday 16 May, Victoria Pavilion