Entries have opened for the 2021 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), with the major competition getting set to celebrate its 28th edition.
Having been torpedoed by COVID at the last attempt, this year will see brewers back to fight it out for up to 35 trophies as the competition looks to build on a strong reputation that has in the past attracted around 2,600 entries from more than 400 breweries in 26 countries – numbers that make it the largest annual beer competition in the world assessing both draught and packaged beer.
Judging for the 2021 event will take place between May 11-14 and, given the up and down nature of border restrictions, the pragmatic decision has been made to have the judging panel incorporated entirely of Victoria-based beer experts.
As well as all the traditional competition categories, a handful of new gongs are up for grabs, namely a new category for non-alcoholic beer, a split of the IPA category into Best Modern IPA and Best Traditional IPA and the split of the Best Specialty Beer into two seperate trophies: Best Speciality Beer and Best Speciality Flavoured Beer.
And, once again, The Crafty Pint is delighted to be sponsoring the Best Beer Media Award.
So, if you're in the industry and have dreams of gold (or better), be sure to get your entries in before Friday March 26 .
You'll find all the important details on how to do so here.