Entries are now open for the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), with brewers and breweries of all sizes from boutique small producers to large-scale commercial companies invited to enter the world’s biggest annual beer competition.

In 2017 the awards attracted over 2000 entries from 358 breweries in 36 countries with both draught and packaged beer being judged. This year the award organisers have decided to align the judging process with other international beer awards and so AIBA 2018 will not be presided over by a Head Judge.

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the organisation responsible for managing the AIBA and CEO, Paul Guerra said: “Judging will be overseen by the Competition Manager and Head Steward, with more responsibility allocated to Table Captains.

“We are continually looking for ways to enhance the awards and the AIBA Industry Advisory Group will continue to provide recommendations and guidance to maintain the ongoing professionalism and integrity of the competition.”

The AIBA 2018 will see 10 major trophies on offer, including the coveted Champion Australian Beer and Champion International Beer trophies, and there will also be 23 category trophies awarded.

Entries are open now and until Friday 23 March, with judging scheduled to take place in Melbourne over three days in May. The winners will be announced at the 2018 AIBA Presentation Dinner, held during Good Beer Week on Thursday 17 May.

Full details on how to enter are available on the RASV website.

Andy Young

Andy joined Intermedia as Editor of The Shout in 2015, writing news on a daily basis and also writing features for National Liquor News. Now Managing Editor of both The Shout and Bars and Clubs.

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