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The competition is open to any amateur homebrewer from the NT region. Please be aware if you registered in the last competition you will need to register again.

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 miscategorised entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category.

One 750ml or larger bottle/can or two 330ml or larger bottles/cans should be entered.

The competition organisers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine overall style categories based on the 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.

We will be using the Australian Amateur Brewing Competation (AABC) styles

  • 2: Pale Lager
  • 5: American Pale Ale
  • 11: India Pale Ale
  • 12: Speciality IPA
  • 15: Belgian Ale
  • 16: Strong Ales & Lagers


BJCP 2015 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.

2A International Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5C German Exportbier
5D German Pils9A Doppelbock 9B Eisbock
12C English IPA17A British Strong Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy18B American Pale Ale21A American IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA
21B7 New England IPA 22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine24C Biere de Garde 25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
35A Australian Lager (AABC) (Custom Style)36A Australian Premium Lager (AABC) (Custom Style) 


Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 1

Each entry will consist of sealed cans or capped or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.

Either one 750ml or larger bottle/can or two 330ml or larger bottles/cans should be submitted for each entry. Brown glass or PET bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted. Swing top bottles will likewise be accepted as well as corked bottles. Please avoid screw top bottles as breakages cannot be judged.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

All requisite paperwork must be submitted with each entry and can be printed directly from this website. Entry paperwork should be attached to bottles by the method specified on the bottle label.

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 Session Locations and Dates

Sunday Morning
Saturday 28 August, 2021 12:00 AM, ChST

Saturday Morning
Saturday 28 August, 2021 10:00 AM, ChST

Saturday Afternoon
Saturday 28 August, 2021 1:00 PM, ChST

Sunday Afternoon
Sunday 29 August, 2021 1:00 PM, ChST


Best of Show

The top scorers in each category will also be eligible for the best of show round. A separate judging panel will judge eligible beers.



We will have an awards ceremony at the Darwin and NT Homebrewers meet

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

Both score sheets and awards will be available for pick up at the ceremony. Scoresheets will also be scanned and uploaded to this website.


Awards Ceremony

Darwin and NT Homebrewers get together
Saturday 11 September, 2021 12:00 AM, ChST