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This competition is BJCP sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 18 years or older.

All mailed entries must be received at the shipping location by the deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations after the drop-off deadline.

All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e. no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

The competition organisers are not responsible for entries entered into the wrong style, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The consensus of the scores will be used to rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

Entries will be judged against the style in which they have been entered using the AABC 2022 Style Guidelines.

Brewers are not limited to the number of entries per category but may only enter each style once.

The competition organisers reserve the right to combine or split style categories and reallocate prizes based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they in which were originally entered.

In the event of a tie for category placings the following algorithm will be used to determine the higher placed beer:

  1. least variance between judges total scores,
  2. average score for overall impession,
  3. average score for flavour,
  4. average score for aroma.

The Best of Show and Brewer's Choice will be determined by a second round of judging of the top five scoring cateogry winners.

Containers will not be returned to entrants.


AABC 2022 Judging Styles

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

01.01 Berliner Weisse [BJCP 23A]01.02 Scottish Light [BJCP 14A]01.03 Scottish Heavy [BJCP 14B]
01.04 American Light Lager [BJCP 1A]01.06 Dark Mild [BJCP 13A]01.07 German Leichtbier [BJCP 5A]
01.08 Czech Pale Lager [BJCP 3A]01.09 Ordinary Bitter [BJCP 11A]02.01 American Lager [BJCP 1B]
02.02 International Pale Lager [BJCP 2A]02.03 Munich Helles [BJCP 4A]02.04 Helles Exportbier (Dortmunder) [BJCP 5C]
02.06 German Pils [BJCP 5D]02.07 Czech Premium Pale Lager (Boh. Pils) [BJCP 3B]02.08 Festbier [BJCP 4B]
02.09 New Zealand Pilsner [BJCP X5]03.01 International Amber Lager [BJCP 2B]03.02 Czech Amber Lager [BJCP 3C]
03.03 International Dark Lager [BJCP 2C]03.04 Munich Dunkel [BJCP 8A]03.05 Vienna Lager [BJCP 7A]
03.06 Märzen [BJCP 6A]03.07 Czech Dark Lager [BJCP 3D]03.08 Schwarzbier [BJCP 8B]
04.01 Cream Ale [BJCP 1C]04.02 Blonde Ale [BJCP 18A]04.03 Kölsch [BJCP 5B]
04.04 Belgian Pale Ale [BJCP 24B]04.05 Australian Sparkling Ale [BJCP 12B]04.06 British Golden Ale [BJCP 12A]
04.08 Belgian Blond Ale [BJCP 25A]05.01 American Pale Ale [BJCP 18B]06.01 English IPA [BJCP 12C]
06.02 American IPA [BJCP 21A]06.03 Double IPA [BJCP 22A]07.01 Hazy IPA [BJCP 21C]
07.03 Belgian IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 07.04 Black IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 07.05 Brown IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B]
07.06 Red IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 07.07 Rye IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 07.08 White IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B]
07.09 Brut IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 08.01 Best Bitter [BJCP 11B]08.02 American Amber Ale [BJCP 19A]
08.03 Altbier [BJCP 7B]08.04 California Common [BJCP 19B]08.05 Strong Bitter [BJCP 11C]
09.01 Irish Red Ale [BJCP 15A]09.02 Scottish Export [BJCP 14C]09.04 British Brown Ale [BJCP 13B]
09.05 American Brown Ale [BJCP 19C]10.01 English Porter [BJCP 13C]10.03 American Porter [BJCP 20A]
11.01 Sweet Stout [BJCP 16A]11.02 Irish Stout [BJCP 15B]11.03 Oatmeal Stout [BJCP 16B]
11.04 Irish Extra Stout [BJCP 15C]12.01 Tropical Stout [BJCP 16C]12.02 Foreign Extra Stout [BJCP 16D]
12.03 American Stout [BJCP 20B]12.04 Imperial Stout [BJCP 20C]13.01 Weissbier [BJCP 10A]
13.02 Witbier [BJCP 24A]13.03 American Wheat Beer [BJCP 1D]13.05 Dunkles Weissbier [BJCP 10B]
13.07 Weizenbock [BJCP 10C] 14.01 Saison [BJCP 25B] 14.02 Bière de Garde [BJCP 24C]
14.03 Belgian Dubbel [BJCP 26B]14.04 Belgian Single [BJCP 26A]14.05 Belgian Tripel [BJCP 26C]
14.06 Belgian Golden Strong Ale [BJCP 25C]14.07 Belgian Dark Strong Ale [BJCP 26D]15.01 Helles Bock [BJCP 4C]
15.02 Dunkles Bock [BJCP 6C]15.03 Doppelbock [BJCP 9A] 15.04 Eisbock [BJCP 9B]
15.05 Wee Heavy [BJCP 17C]15.06 British Strong Ale [BJCP 17A]15.07 Old Ale [BJCP 17B]
15.08 English Barleywine [BJCP 17D]15.09 American Strong Ale [BJCP 22B]15.10 American Barleywine [BJCP 22C]
16.01 Gose [BJCP 23G]16.02 Lambic [BJCP 23D]16.03 Gueuze [BJCP 23E]
16.04 Fruit Lambic [BJCP 23F] 16.05 Straight Sour Beer [BJCP 28D]16.06 Flanders Red Ale [BJCP 23B]
16.07 Oud Bruin [BJCP 23C]16.08 Brett Beer [BJCP 28A] 16.09 Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer [BJCP 28B]
16.10 Wild Specialty Beer [BJCP 28C] 18.03 Wood-Aged Beer [BJCP 33A] 18.04 Specialty Wood-Aged Beer [BJCP 33B]
BA1.38 Classic Australian-Style Pale Ale [BA 138] (Custom Style) BA1.68 Australian Style Pale Ale [BA168] (Custom Style)  


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 2

Judging Sessions

Flat Rock Brew Cafe
Sunday 28 April, 2024 09:00, AEST


Best of Show

The top five scoring 1st placed entries in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BoS) round with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and prize awarded. There will also be a separate Brewer's Choice award, selected from the five BoS beers by the Flat Rock Brew Cafe head brewer - Karl Riseborough for a ProAm day with the brewer and chosen beer served on tap at the pub.

1st Grainfather ($300 Voucher)

2nd Inkird ($285 Prize Pack)

3rd BeerCo ($250 Prize Pack)



The awards will be made once judging is completed.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category with the approximate value of prizes for each cateogry being $100, $50, $25 respectively in goods or vouchers.

The categories are expected to be:

  1. Pale American Ale
  2. Pale Ale
  3. Amber & Brown Ale
  4. Pale Lager
  5. Malty, Amber & Dark Lager
  6. Porters & Stouts
  7. Belgian Ale
  8. Wheat Beer
  9. American IPA
  10. Speciality IPA
  11. Hazy IPA
  12. Wood Aged & Sour Beer

Although styles categories maybe combined or split at the organiser’s discretion depending on the number of sponsors and/or entries received.

The top five scoring 1st placed entries in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and prize awarded.

Results will be posted to the competition web site after the judging concludes.

Score sheets will be available on the website as soon as possible after the event. 


Awards Ceremony

Flat Rock Brew Club
290 Willoughby Road, Naremburn, NSW 2065
Wednesday 8 May, 2024 19:00, AEST