2020 Competition

State Amateur Brewers Show of South Australia (SABSOSA) is South Australia’s peak competition for amateur homebrewers. It is open to all residents of SA (and the NT) — from beginners to experienced brewers.


Best brewer of show: John van der Zalm

Best beer: Stuart Garden (marzen, 45 points)

The full results are now published in the entry portal.

Download the medal winners and scores by table.

NEW! Data representation of entries and scores [PDF].

Winners are eligible to enter their beer into the National AABC Competition. Watch your emails for more information.

Either bring your entry beer to the Wheatsheaf or watch this space for bottle drop and how to enter.


Competition entry process and dates

Please read the conditions of entry very carefully. Entries that do not meet the conditions will not be judged.

The 2020 competition will be judged on September 13 & 19-20

Judging isn’t a public event.

All entrants receive the judges’ feedback sheets and scores via their entry portal where they can read the comments. Watch social media and email for the announcement that the results are in. If your beer placed first, second or third, you’ll be contacted by us about attending the awards presentation.

Placing in a category also entitles you to enter your beer in the Australian Amateur Brewing Championship but that event has been cancelled in 2020.

Help! If you are interested in being a judge, a steward or just generally helping the competition then please contact us at info@sabsosa.com.au for more information, or simply create an account on the entry portal here and indicate your availability.

Conditions of entry

SABSOSA is open to all interested amateur brewers who are residents of South Australia or the Northern Territory.


SABSOSA is open to all interested amateur brewers who are residents of South Australia or 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. Maximum of two entries per category – within this limit only one entry per style. Maximum ten entries per entrant.
  3. Fix one entry label per clean bottle with a rubber band only – no tape. No names required.
  4. Bottles should be at least 500ml and no more than 1000ml in volume in glass or PET plastic. 700-800ml preferred. No 330ml stubbies or champagne bottles or cans.
  5. The fee of $7.00 (+fees) per entry must be paid by PayPal or credit card. Cash will not be accepted.
  6. Beer judging guidelines can be found on bjcp.org
  7. 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.
  8. Entrants are bound by the competition rules. The judges’ and Competition Director’s decision is final and no dispute will be entered into.
  9. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category.
  10. By entering the competition, entrants accept the competition rules, conditions of entry and categories and styles and are bound by these conditions.
  11. Participants must declare any conflict of interest before taking part in the administration or judging of a competition.

Please contact SABSOSA at info@sabsosa.com.au with any questions.

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*AABC is highly unlikely to happen in 2020.