Conditions of Competition Entry


All entries, clearly labelled (including completed entry forms wrapped around one appropriate bottle and secured with an elastic band, together with any outstanding entry fees) must be received prior to the closing date - close of business on Monday, 24th August, 2020. Entries received after this date will be discarded and the entry fee returned - no late entries can be accepted. It is the responsibility of the entrant to pack the entries suitable for delivery to Newcastle - either by post or one of the designated the Drop-Off locations.

This competition is open to all brewers resident in NSW, without restriction. Entries must not have been fermented on licensed premises and must be entered under the name of the brewer or brewers. This includes all beers not made as commercial beer regardless of where the wort was made i.e. at home, in a brewshop, at ‘Brew on Premises’ locations or obtained from a commercial brewery as a Beer Kit or Fresh Wort Pack. The entry fee shall be $7.50 per entry (inclusive of GST) and must accompany the entry bottles, unless it has been paid beforehand.


Each entry is to be a minimum of 2 x 330 ml bottles (or equivalent eg 1 x 750ml bottle) to provide sufficient samples for two rounds of judging. Any size bottles or kegs will be accepted provided that the minimum quantity of beer is supplied. One sample shall be used to provide feedback to the brewer on how well the beer conforms to the entered style and to determine the Category placings. The highest scoring beer of each CATEGORY will advance to the CHAMPION BEER taste-off where the second sample (if available) will be required. Upon receipt all bottles become the property of the Hunter United Brewers Club. Entrants will be required to arrange for the return of any Kegs entered, at their expense.


All judging will be conducted under the Head Judge’s supervision by the blind taste method and will be carried out by experienced beer judges appointed by the Head Judge. Entries will be impartially evaluated against the AABC 2017 Styleguides available from the AABC website. Please read these guidelines very carefully and make sure the correct Class/Category/Style details are quoted on your entry form and bottle labels. Each Brewer may enter a maximum of 2 entries per Style Category e.g. 2 x Munich Helles, 2 x American Lite Lager etc. Organisers and judges will take no responsibility for beers entered into the wrong class / style. The Head Judge’s decision is final and no dispute will be entered into in any circumstances whatsoever.


The following awards will be given:

  • First, Second and Third placing in each Category
  • Highly Commended places may be awarded at the discretion of the judges
  • Champion Beer of Show
  • Champion Brewer
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