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D1. This website provides the ESB2021 Competition Guidelines and Rules to guide entrants in preparing and sending their entries. The Styles to be used are AABC 2019 and are available from the AABC website.

Exceptions are:

Extra Special Bitter - which will be judged using the BJCP 2008 8C Guidelines - use the style Strong Bitter to enter your ESBs.

Janet’s Brown Ale - which is our tribute to Mike ‘Tasty’ McDole - use American Brown Ale to enter. There are a lot of recipe resources available including in Brewing Classic Styles and the AHA website to name but two.

Australian Pale Ale – i.e. per the 2021 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines; , Australian Style Pale Ale think Stone and Wood Pacific Ale, Coopers Pacific Ale etc., etc., - use the Australian Sparkling Ale category to enter.

D2. Entries. No more than two entries are allowed from each entrant in any one Category. [ Categories are Lightweight, Middleweight, Heavyweight and Wobbly Boot ] Within this rule, no more than one entry is allowed in any one style.

D3. 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.

D5. Containers. Each entry must consist of a single container of at least 500 mL and no more than 1000mL in volume. Both glass and plastic bottles and aluminium cans are acceptable. Containers should not have any unique identifying features other than possibly a batch code on the bottle caps. Containers will not be returned to entrants. [Note where the software standard text mentions bottle this means a container]

The entry fee shall be $7.50 per entry and must be paid beforehand via PayPal (who also charge a small fee)

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time. The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorised entries, and mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

Please be aware that the amount of time for judging will be influenced by the COVID restrictions in place at the time. The publishing of results may be delayed.


AABC 2019 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.

102 Scottish Light [BJCP 14A]104 Dark Mild [BJCP 13A]106 Czech Pale Lager [BJCP 3A]
107 Ordinary Bitter [BJCP 11A]204 Munich Helles [BJCP 4A]309 Dunkles Bock [BJCP 6C]
405 Australian Sparkling Ale [BJCP 12B]606 Strong Bitter [BJCP 11C]703 Irish Red Ale [BJCP 15A]
706 American Brown Ale [BJCP 19C]902 Irish Stout [BJCP 15B]1004 Imperial Stout [BJCP 20C]
1102 American IPA [BJCP 21A]1201 New England IPA [BJCP 21B] 1401 Berliner Weisse [BJCP 23A]
1505 Belgian Dubbel [BJCP 26B]1506 Belgian Tripel [BJCP 26C]1601 Wee Heavy [BJCP 17C]
1602 Doppelbock [BJCP 9A] 1607 English Barleywine [BJCP 17D] 


Number of Containers Required Per Entry: 1

Judging Session Locations and Dates

Competition judging dates are yet to be determined. Please check back later.

Best of Show

The award of the Champion Beer of the Show will be to the beer that receives the highest number of judging points in the championship. In the event of equal top scores for two or more beers, the Champion Beer will be decided using the criteria for resolving tied scores given in rule D8.

Note where there are multiple teams of judges for a style and a mini-Best of Show (BOS) is needed, then the highest scoring beer may not be chosen. In that case the score of the winner of the mini- BOS will be considered for the Champion Beer of Show.



D6. Judging. Judging will be by blind tasting. Where possible, each judging panel will include at least one BJCP-qualified judge. Neither the judges nor the stewards serving the judges should know the name of the brewer whose beer is being served. Judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into. Completed judging/score sheets will be
returned to the brewers within three weeks of completion of judging.

D7. Category Awards. Prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third placed beers in each category based on the judging scores.

D8. Tied scores. In the event of tied scores in determining the first three placegetters, placings will be resolved either by the judging panel during judging or using a progressive countback until the tie is resolved based on: a) highest score for Overall Impression; b) highest score for Flavour; c) lowest range of individual judge scores (smallest spread of scores across panel); d) the judging panel will be requested to resolve the tie.


Awards Ceremony

ESB Club Night
Lugarno Cellars
Friday 27 August, 2021 19:00, AEST


Circuit Qualification

not applicable