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This competition is the 2020 Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Amateur Breweing Championship. It is the annual amateur brewing championship in the ACT and determines the 2020 ACT Champion Amateur Brewer.

Trophies will be awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for each Category.

First, second and third placegetters for each category gain qualification for the 2020 Australian Amateur Brewing Championship.

Medals will be awarded for Gold, Silver and Bronze qualifying entries. These are defined by average scores from judging (out of possible max 50 points):

  • Gold 40+
  • Silver 35 - 39.9
  • Bronze 30 - 34.9

The competition is based upon the 2019 Australian Amateur Brewing Championship Style Guidelines and is a registered Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) event. 

Amateur brews. The competition is restricted to amateur brews, that is to beers not subject to excise duty. This means any beer not fermented on licensed brewing premises is eligible, including beers made using extract kits, wort kits, or any other source of fresh wort. Brew-On-Premises beers are ineligible as these are subject to excise duty. Entries must be submitted under the brewer's own name.

Judging. The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries or entries that arrived damaged.

Qualified judging of all entries is a primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry against style guidelines. The average of the scores will determine the rank of each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP qualified judge. The competition secretary will adjudicate on final scores and will manage any conflicts of interest that arise.

Entries. No more than two entries are allowed from each entrant in any single category (style). Within this rule, only one entry from an entrant is allowed in any sub-style. For example, an entrant can enter a maximum of two Pale Ale (Category 4) entries. These must be in different sub-styles, such as Cream Ale (Sub Style 4.1) and Australian Sparkling Ale (Sub-Style 4.5). 

  • All entries must received at the drop-off locations by the entry deadline.
  • All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations on the day of the entry deadline.
  • Bottles will not be returned to entrants. Entrants can make arrangements with the competition secretary prior to judging if they wish to collect their bottles. 

See also AABC Aims, Rules & Information. Revised 21 August 2019.


AABC Judging Styles

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

1..01 Light Australian Lager [AABC]1..02 Scottish Light [BJCP 14A]1..03 London Brown Ale [BJCP 27]
1..04 Dark Mild [BJCP 13A]1..05 German Leichtbier [BJCP 5A]1..06 Czech Pale Lager [BJCP 3A]
1..07 Ordinary Bitter [BJCP 11A]2..01 Australian Lager [AABC] 2..02 Australian Premium Lager [AABC]
2..03 International Pale Lager [BJCP 2A] 2..04 Munich Helles [BJCP 4A] 2..05 German Dortmunder [BJCP 5C]
2..06 Pre Prohibition Lager [BJCP 27] 2..07 German Pils [BJCP 5D] 2..08 Czech Premium Pale Lager [BJCP 3B]
2..09 Festbier [BJCP 4B] 2..10 Helles Bock [BJCP 4C] 3..01 International Amber Lager [BJCP 2B]
3..02 Czech Amber Lager [BJCP 3C] 3..03 Munich Dunkel [BJCP 8A]3..04 Vienna Lager [BJCP 7A]
3..05 Marzen [BJCP 6A]3..06 Czech Dark Lager [BJCP 3D]3..07 Schwarzbier [BJCP 8B]
3..08 California Common [BJCP 19B]3..09 Dunkles Bock [BJCP 6C]4..01 Cream Ale [BJCP 1C]
4..02 Blonde Ale [BJCP 18A]4..03 Kolsch [BJCP 5B]4..04 Belgian Pale Ale [BJCP 24B]
4..05 Australian Sparkling Ale [BJCP 12B]5..01 American Pale Ale [BJCP 18B]6..01 Australian Bitter Ale [AABC]
6..02 British Golden Ale [BJCP 12A]6..03 Best Bitter [BJCP 11B]6..04 American Amber Ale [BJCP 19A]
6..05 Altbier [BJCP 7B]6..06 Strong Bitter [BJCP 11C]7..01 Scottish Heavy [BJCP 14B]
7..02 Scottish Export [BJCP 14C]7..03 Irish Red Ale [BJCP 15A]7..04 Australian Dark/Old Ale [AABC]
7..05 British Brown Ale [BJCP 13B]7..06 American Brown Ale [BJCP 19C]8..01 English Porter [BJCP 13C]
8..02 American Porter [BJCP 20A]8..03 Baltic Porter [BJCP 9C]9..01 Sweet Stout [BJCP 16A]
9..02 Irish Stout [BJCP 15B]9..03 Oatmeal Stout [BJCP 16B]9..04 Irish Extra Stout [BJCP 15C]
10..01 Tropical Stout [BJCP 16C]10..02 Foreign Extra Stout [BJCP 16D]10..03 American Stout [BJCP 20B]
10..04 Imperial Stout [BJCP 20C]11..01 English IPA [BJCP 12C]11..02 American IPA [BJCP 21A]
12..01 New England IPA [BJCP 21B] 12..02 White IPA [BJCP 21B] 12..03 Red IPA [BJCP 21B]
12..04 Brown IPA [BJCP 21B] 12..05 Rye IPA [BJCP 21B] 12..06 Belgian IPA [BJCP 21B]
12..07 Black IPA [BJCP 21B] 12..08 Double IPA [BJCP 22A]13..01 Weissbier [BJCP 10A]
13..02 Witbier [BJCP 24A]13..03 Dunkles Weissbier [BJCP 10B]13..04 Roggenbier [BJCP 27]
13..05 American Wheat Beer [BJCP1D]13..06 Weizenbock [BJCP10C] 13..07 Wheatwine [BJCP22D]
14..01 Berliner Weisse [BJCP 23A]14..02 Gose [BJCP 27]14..03 Flanders Red Ale [BJCP 23B]
14..04 Lambic [BJCP 23D]14..05 Gueuze [BJCP 23E]14..06 Fruit Lambic [BJCP 23F]
14..07 Oud Bruin [BJCP 23C]14..08 Brett Beer [BJCP 28A] 14..09 Mixed Fermentation Sour [BJCP 28]
15..01 Saison [BJCP 25B] 15..02 Biere de Garde [BJCP 24C] 15..03 Trappist Single [BJCP 26A]
15..04 Belgian Blond Ale [BJCP 25A]15..05 Belgian Dubbel [BJCP 26B]15..06 Belgian Tripel [BJCP 26C]
15..07 Belgian Golden Strong Ale [BJCP 25C]15..08 Belgian Dark Strong Ale [BJCP 26D]16..01 Wee Heavy [BJCP 17C]
16..02 Doppelbock [BJCP 9A] 16..03 Eisbock [BJCP 9B]16..04 British Strong Ale [BJCP 17A]
16..05 Old Ale [BJCP 17B]16..06 American Strong Ale [BJCP 22B]16..07 English Barleywine [BJCP 17D]
16..08 American Barleywine [BJCP 22C]17..01 Fruit Beer [BJCP 29A] 17..02 Spice Herb Vegetable Beer [BJCP 30A]
17..03 Autumn Seasonal Beer [BJCP 30B] 17..04 Winter Seasonal Beer [BJCP 30C] 18..01 Rauchbier [BJCP 6B]
18..02 Classic Style Smoked Beer [BJCP 32A] 18..03 Specialty Smoked Beer [BJCP 32B] 18..04 Wood Aged Beer [BJCP 33A]
18..05 Specialty Wood?Aged Beer [BJCP 33B] 18..06 Belgian Specialty Ale [AABC] 18..07 Alternative Grain Beer [BJCP 31A]
18..08 Alternative Sugar Beer [BJCP 31B] 18..09 Experimental Beer [BJCP 34C] 19..01 Dry Mead [BJCP M1A]
19..02 Semi Sweet Mead [BJCP M1B] 19..03 Sweet Mead [BJCP M1C] 19..04 Fruit Mead [BJCP M2]
19..05 Fruit Spice Mead [BJCP M3A] 19..06 Braggot [BJCP M4A] 19..07 Other Mead [BJCP M3B, M4B, M4C]
20..01 New World Cider [BJCP C1A] 20..02 English Cider [BJCP C1B] 20..03 French Cider [BJCP C1C]
20..04 Perry (New World, Traditional) [BJCP C1D] 20..05 Other Cider/Perry [BJCP C2]  


Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 1

No more than two entries are allowed from each entrant in any single category (style). Within this rule, only one entry from an entrant is allowed in any sub-style. For example, an entrant can enter a maximum of two Pale Ale (Category 4) entries. These must be in different sub-styles, such as Cream Ale (Sub Style 4.1) and Australian Sparkling Ale (Sub-Style 4.5). 

Each entry will consist of capped or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.

For Beer and Cider entries 500-700ml brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted as will PET bottles. Swing top bottles will likewise be accepted as well as corked bottles. 450ml is the minimum entry size bottle (e.g. Grolsch swing top).

For mead entries 330ml capped or corked bottles are acceptable.

Bottles will not be returned to entrants. Entrants should arrange with the competition secretary prior to judging if they wish to collect their bottles after the competition.

Completed entry forms must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from this website. Entry forms should be attached to bottles by the method specified on the bottle label (rubber band or clear tape is also acceptable).

Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.


Judging Session Locations and Dates

Friday PM Session
Friday 21 August, 2020 17:00, ChST

Saturday AM Session
Saturday 22 August, 2020 09:30, ChST

Saturday PM Session
Saturday 22 August, 2020 13:00, ChST

Sunday AM Session
Sunday 23 August, 2020 09:30, ChST

Sunday PM Session
Sunday 23 August, 2020 13:00, ChST



ACT Champion Brewer is determined from the individuals' top 5 scores in 5 different categories

Trophies will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.

Medals (Gold, Silver and Bronze) will be awarded for meritorious scores against the style guidelines. 

Additional prizes will be awarded for: 

  • Best New Brewer (Higherst scoring new brewer's beer)
  • Best Female Brewer (Highest scoring female brewer's beer)

Awards and scoresheets will be available at a Canberra Brewers club meeting (to be advised).


Awards Ceremony

Bent Spoke Cannery
Thursday 3 September, 2020 17:00, ChST


Circuit Qualification

This is a qualifying event for the 2020 Australian Amateur Brewing Championship.

The top 3 entries per AABC Category make the entrant eligible for entry to that AABC Category.