The competition in 2019

Competition entry process and dates.

If you’ve never entered SABSOSA or a homebrewing competition before, don’t worry. It’s easy. We will open a special entries page where you need to create an account. You enter your beers according to style and pay the entries fees via credit card or PayPal.

Your account allows you to log back into any time will allow you to make changes, make other entries and print special labels that include your entry number, style and special notes linked to a barcode. They won’t include your name.  You can come back and edit your entry and print more labels at any time.

We do recommend you pay and print labels well in advance of competition entries close or you might be locked out when the portal closes.

After the entry portal opens, you can drop your beer bottles off at a number of our supporters (listed below) who keep them cold for us until we collect them in the closing week.

Judging isn’t a public event. After the beers are judged and the results collated, the winners are announced on this website late on Sunday, September 8 .

All entrants receive the judges’ feedback sheets where they can read the comments and see scores. If your beer placed, you’ll be contacted by us about attending the awards presentation and the next stage to enter your beer in the national competition judged in mid-late October.

You don’t need to do anything now except brew beer and watch this space.

Entries open – Mid-July 2019

Entries Close – Friday 30th August 2019

Judging – 7th and 8th September 2019 at the Irish Club, Adelaide

Winners presentation – Saturday, September 14th at the Wheatsheaf Hotel at 12:30pm

If you are interested in being a judge, a steward or just generally helping the competition then please contact us at

Competition entry form

The entry portal will be open in mid-July. Past entrants will need to set up a new account on the Brew Competition Online Entry and Management System.

Entry drop off points

Beerbelly Brewing Equipment –  3/95 Research Rd, Pooraka SA 5095, ph (08) 7230 0258

Brewmaker Home Brewing – 560 North East Rd, Holden Hill, ph (08) 8369 3649 (Note: The store is closed from Aug 5 – 26, 2019)

Rehn Bier Cellar Door – 23 Magnolia St, Tanunda, South Australia.

Left Barrel Brewing Cellar Door – 2E / 37 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Balhannah SA 5242.

The Country Brewer – Clovelly Park have now closed. If you have dropped off there in the past, keep checking this page up new venues in that area.

Conditions of entry

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

1. 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.).

2. Maximum of two entries per category – within this limit only one entry per style.

3. One entry label per clean bottle (no commercial beer labels please).

4. Entry fee $5.00 paid online via credit card/ PayPal preferred. Cash entries TBC.

5. The preferred bottle size is one single 750ml (min 500ml) cleaned beer bottle with a printed entry label firmly attached. We no longer accept two 330ml bottles or Champagne bottles. Bottles will not be returned to entrants.

6. Judging Beer Guidelines, as used nationally, can be found on either or

7. The competition organisers are not responsible for entries entered into the wrong category. Also, entries mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

8. Exhibitors shall be bound by the judge’s and convener’s decisions and no dispute shall be entered into.

9. Organisers will not be held responsible for the loss or damage to any entry, entry form, or fee, etc.

10. Prizes awarded for best three beers in each category are invited to contend in the Australian Amateur Brewing Championships. SABSOSA will pay for transportation to the judging location interstate.

11. Quality judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category.

All entrants should have read and understood the current Conditions of Entry and schedule of Categories & Beer Styles – and shall be bound by these conditions.

Please contact SABSOSA at with any questions.