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The Amateur Brewing Competition of the Northern Territory is a BJCP sanctioned event open to all interested amateur brewers residing in the Northern Territory.

  1. All entries must be made using private equipment by amateur brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or brew on-premises operations etc.).
  2. Fix one entry label per clean bottle with a rubber band only – no tape. No names required.
    Vessels containing beer should be at least 270ml volume in glass, PET plastic or can. Two bottles are required for eligibility in the best of show prize.
  3. The fee of $8.00 per entry must be paid prior to the entry cutoff date.
  4. All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off deadline.
  5. Beer judging guidelines can be found on with the exception of the ginger beer category which is available at
  6. The competition organisers are not responsible for incorrectly categorised entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline or that arrived damaged, or for the loss or damage to any entry, entry form, or fee.
  7. Entrants are bound by the competition rules. The judges’ and Competition Director’s decision is final and no dispute will be entered into.
  8. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category.
    The competition committee reserves the right to combine overall style categories 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 were originally entered in.
  9. The ginger beer style is NT only and winning this category does not provide eligibility to AABC.
  10. By entering the competition, entrants accept the competition rules, conditions of entry and categories and styles and are bound by these conditions.
    Participants must declare any conflict of interest before taking part in the administration or judging of a competition.


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.

.1 Ginger Beer [ABCNT01] (Custom Style)1.1 Berliner Weisse [BJCP 23A]1.2 Scottish Light [BJCP 14A]
1.3 Scottish Heavy [BJCP 14B]1.4 American Light Lager [BJCP 1A]1.5 London Brown Ale; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]
1.6 Dark Mild [BJCP 13A]1.7 German Leichtbier [BJCP 5A]1.8 Czech Pale Lager [BJCP 3A]
1.9 Ordinary Bitter [BJCP 11A]1.10 Piwo Grodziskie; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]2.1 American Lager [BJCP 1B]
2.2 International Pale Lager [BJCP 2A]2.3 Munich Helles [BJCP 4A]2.4 Helles Exportbier (Dortmunder) [BJCP 5C]
2.5 Pre-Prohibition Lager; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]2.6 German Pils [BJCP 5D]2.7 Czech Premium Pale Lager (Boh. Pils) [BJCP 3B]
2.8 Festbier [BJCP 4B]3.1 International Amber Lager [BJCP 2B]3.2 Czech Amber Lager [BJCP 3C]
3.3 International Dark Lager [BJCP 2C]3.4 Munich Dunkel [BJCP 8A]3.5 Vienna Lager [BJCP 7A]
3.6 Märzen [BJCP 6A]3.7 Czech Dark Lager [BJCP 3D]3.8 Schwarzbier [BJCP 8B]
3.9 Rauchbier [BJCP 6B]3.10 Kellerbier; Historical Beer [BJCP 27] 4.1 Cream Ale [BJCP 1C]
4.2 Blonde Ale [BJCP 18A]4.3 Kölsch [BJCP 5B]4.4 Belgian Pale Ale [BJCP 24B]
4.5 Australian Sparkling Ale [BJCP 12B]4.6 British Golden Ale [BJCP 12A]4.7 New Zealand Pilsner [BJCP X5]
4.8 Belgian Blond Ale [BJCP 25A]5.1 American Pale Ale [BJCP 18B]6.1 English IPA [BJCP 12C]
6.2 American IPA [BJCP 21A]6.3 Double IPA [BJCP 22A]7.1 Hazy IPA [BJCP 21C]
7.3 Belgian IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 7.4 Black IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 7.5 Brown IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B]
7.6 Red IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 7.7 Rye IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 7.8 White IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B]
7.9 Brut IPA, Specialty IPA [BJCP 21B] 8.1 Best Bitter [BJCP 11B]8.2 American Amber Ale [BJCP 19A]
8.3 Altbier [BJCP 7B]8.4 California Common [BJCP 19B]8.5 Strong Bitter [BJCP 11C]
9.1 Irish Red Ale [BJCP 15A]9.2 Scottish Export [BJCP 14C]9.3 Kentucky Common; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]
9.4 British Brown Ale [BJCP 13B]9.5 American Brown Ale [BJCP 19C]10.1 English Porter [BJCP 13C]
10.2 Pre-Prohibition Porter; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]10.3 American Porter [BJCP 20A]10.4 Baltic Porter [BJCP 9C]
11.1 Sweet Stout [BJCP 16A]11.2 Irish Stout [BJCP 15B]11.3 Oatmeal Stout [BJCP 16B]
11.4 Irish Extra Stout [BJCP 15C]12.1 Tropical Stout [BJCP 16C]12.2 Foreign Extra Stout [BJCP 16D]
12.3 American Stout [BJCP 20B]12.4 Imperial Stout [BJCP 20C]13.1 Weissbier [BJCP 10A]
13.2 Witbier [BJCP 24A]13.3 American Wheat Beer [BJCP 1D]13.4 Lichtenhainer; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]
13.5 Dunkles Weissbier [BJCP 10B]13.6 Roggenbier; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]13.7 Weizenbock [BJCP 10C]
13.8 Wheatwine [BJCP 22D]14.1 Saison [BJCP 25B] 14.2 Bière de Garde [BJCP 24C]
14.3 Belgian Dubbel [BJCP 26B]14.4 Belgian Single [BJCP 26A]14.5 Belgian Tripel [BJCP 26C]
14.6 Belgian Golden Strong Ale [BJCP 25C]14.7 Belgian Dark Strong Ale [BJCP 26D]15.1 Helles Bock [BJCP 4C]
15.2 Dunkles Bock [BJCP 6C]15.3 Doppelbock [BJCP 9A] 15.4 Eisbock [BJCP 9B]
15.5 Wee Heavy [BJCP 17C]15.6 British Strong Ale [BJCP 17A]15.7 Old Ale [BJCP 17B]
15.8 English Barleywine [BJCP 17D]15.9 American Strong Ale [BJCP 22B]15.10 American Barleywine [BJCP 22C]
15.11 Sahti; Historical Beer [BJCP 27]16.1 Gose [BJCP 23G]16.2 Lambic [BJCP 23D]
16.3 Gueuze [BJCP 23E]16.4 Fruit Lambic [BJCP 23F] 16.5 Straight Sour Beer [BJCP 28D]
16.6 Flanders Red Ale [BJCP 23B]16.7 Oud Bruin [BJCP 23C]16.8 Brett Beer [BJCP 28A]
16.9 Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer [BJCP 28B] 16.10 Wild Specialty Beer [BJCP 28C] 17.1 Fruit Beer [BJCP 29A]
17.2 Fruit and Spice Beer [BJCP 29B] 17.4 Grape Ale [BJCP 29D] 17.5 Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer [BJCP 30A]
17.6 Autumn Seasonal Beer [BJCP 30B] 17.7 Winter Seasonal Beer [BJCP 30C] 17.8 Specialty Spice Beer [BJCP 30D]
18.1 Classic Style Smoked Beer [BJCP 32A] 18.2 Specialty Smoked Beer [BJCP 32B] 18.3 Wood-Aged Beer [BJCP 33A]
18.4 Specialty Wood-Aged Beer [BJCP 33B] 18.5 Alternative Grain Beer [BJCP 31A] 18.7 Experimental Beer [BJCP 34C]
18.8 Commercial Specialty Beer [BJCP 34A] 18.9 Mixed-Style Beer [BJCP 34B]  


Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 1

Each entry will consist of a clean bottle or can 270ml or greater. Entry labels must be attached using a rubber band only, tape or glue may result in disqualification. No other identifying information is required. Two bottles are required for eligibility in the best of show prize.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

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 Sessions and Dates

Saturday morning
Saturday 2 September, 2023 9:00 AM, ACST

Saturday afternoon
Saturday 2 September, 2023 12:01 PM, ACST

Sunday morning
Sunday 3 September, 2023 12:00 AM, ACST

Sunday afternoon
Sunday 3 September, 2023 12:01 PM, ACST



The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

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

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up that night after the ceremony concludes. Awards and score sheets not picked up will be mailed back to participants. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.