2018 Australia Good Beer Week and Australia International Beer Awards

Brewers Association
Brewers Association

Event Details

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Event Type: Export Development Program
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Exclusive benefit for BA Export Development Program members

Not a member? Learn more about the Program benefits and fees.

The Australian International Beer Awards, in its 26th year, is the largest annual beer competition in the world judging both draught and packaged beer.  In 2017, the Awards attracted over 2,000 entries from 358 breweries in 36 countries.

For more information, please visit: www.rasv.com.au/Events/AIBA_Home/.

In addition to the competition, the EDP will be participating in Australia Good Beer Week in the form of a beer & food pairing media dinner, led by Brewers Association Executive Chef Adam Dulye. Breweries wishing to supply beer to be featured during the media dinner will need to register and supply beer to the west coast consolidation address below by April 13.

Please contact Export Development Program manager Steve Parr with any questions.

Event Timeline

Australia International Beer Awards:

Competition Registration Deadline: March 23

Deliveries to Global Craft Trading warehouse in California: March 27–April 13

**Entries will be kept in refrigerated storage upon arrival in Australia until judging.**

The Australian International Beer Awards judging takes place May 9-11 in Melbourne, Australia

AIBA Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner- May 17

Australia Good Beer Week (May 11-20):

The Brewers Association EDP will be hosting a media dinner during Australia Good Beer Week with local Australian chef Paul Kasten *

*  To supply beer for the media dinner, fill out the 2018 AIBA Shipment Form and provide media dinner beer information where indicated. You will ship your media dinner beer with your AIBA competition entries


The BA will cover the entry cost and shipping to Australia for up to three brands (bottles and cans only) per brewery for Export Development Program members. There is no limit on the number of submissions per brewery but each additional brand is charged a separate fee.

Cost for large breweries (annual production greater than 25,000 hL/21,304 BBLS): US$230 per additional brand

Cost for medium-sized breweries (annual production from 5,001 hL/4,262 BBLS to 25,000 hL/21,304 BBLS): US$210 per additional brand

Cost for small breweries (annual production up to and including 5,000 hL/4,261 BBLS: US$135 per additional brand

Do not pay for entries when registering for the competitionYou will be sent an invoice from the Brewers Association for any additional beers that you enter, after registration closes–the BA will pay for all the entry fees for BA EDP members directly with the AIBA organizers.

How to Register

Registration deadline with AIBA organizer: March 23, 2018

  1. Download the 2018 Entry Book.  Information includes style/class definitions, regulations, and entry prerequisites. Email the AIBA Event ManagerMichael Katoa– if you have any questions.
  2. Complete the AIBA Online Competition Regitstration. Enter online using your 2017 email or create a new entry loginAt the question “Do you belong to a National Brewers Association / Guild?” select the answer “USA Brewers Association’s (BA) Export Development Program (EDP)”. As a BA EDP member, you will not be asked to pay.You will receive an entry acknowledgment email from the AIBA summarizing your entry information. This will include the information for your competition labels (you create/Avery labels, etc.) that must be affixed to each bottle/can before your entries are sent to Australia. Each entry will have its own unique registration info
  3. Once you have completed the AIBA Online Competition Registration, the Export Development Program (EDP) needs to collect information from each brewery to prepare the shipment.

Beer Required for Judging

12 bottles or cans (12 oz size) or 6 bottles (22 oz size or 750 ml size), etc. of each brand is needed for the competition.  If it is easier for you to send a full case of each brand entered into the competition, please do – beers not needed for judging will be used at media, trade and consumer events. Please send only full cases of beers with one brand or two – this is needed to build the pallets solidly.

Shipping & Deadline Information

Beers are due to the Wilmington, California warehouse by April 13, 2018.

All breweries or distributors need to contact Global Craft to arrange delivery. You will need to set up an appointment with them for delivery, and then call them when you arrive. Global Craft will help you handcart the beers in and take care of it from there. All cases will be stored in cold storage, before shipping via airfreight.

As your beers will be shipped directly to Global Craft Trading warehouse in California, it is important to ship in the original cases or in a shipping box, that is similar in size to the original case. This is important as the beers will be palletized tightly for an air-shipment. Please do not individually wrap each bottle or can in bubble-wrap or put the bottles or cans loosely in large boxes of Styrofoam peanuts. Large boxes will need to be opened and repacked, in order to fit on the pallet – thus the importance of shipping in the original case.

All cases need to be labeled BA/AIBA.

All bottles/cans need to include the AIBA competition labels included in your AIBA entry acknowledgement email.

Beers that do not arrive on time are not guaranteed participation.

Global Craft Trading Warehouse:

Deliver starting March 27 – closes April 13

Global Craft Trading, Inc.

901 East “E” Street

Suite 201

Wilmington, CA 90744

Tel: 732-868-1200

Delivery Contact Person

Brett Naylor



Shipping Documents

In addition to registering your beers on the AIBA competition website, the Export Development Program (EDP) needs to collect information from you to prepare the shipment. Please fill out the 2018 Australian International Beer Awards shipping form.


Contact Steve Parr today with any questions or to let him know that you will be participating in the Australian International Beer Awards.