Style Guidelines

Style Categories and guidelines

2022: This year we are using the Australian Guidelines (AABC). Find them here (PDF).

They have been updated in 2022. There are new subcategories added and some older ones rearranged.

Entrants to the Australian Amateur Brewing Championship must first qualify by placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd at an endorsed State Championship. Brewers are then entitled to enter a beer in that Category in the AABC*. See

Beers will be judged against the Style Guidelines in the documents below. For this reason, brewers must specify one of the listed Styles for each entry. Please read the style guidelines before entering to ensure that you provide any additional information; this is especially important for specialty beers.

The organisers reserve the right to reclassify non-conforming entries to a listed style.

Cider and mead categories

In 2020 ANAWBS is not being held. 

Cider and mead entries will be judged by the Australian National Amateur Wine and Beer Show (ANAWBS). Please see here for details. As with beer categories, place-getters from this competition become eligible to enter the Australian Amateur Brewing Competition.