Entry information FAQ

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. The date has been moved by a week from usual due to COVID restrictions and venue availability. Bottle drop is at the usual venues from a week out or on Saturday, September 12 at the Irish Club in the city (TBC).

Entries are via the portal that will open a few weeks out for entry, label printing and payment with winners presentation on Sunday 27 September.

If you’ve never entered SABSOSA or a home brewing competition before, don’t worry, it’s easy. We have special entry page where you need to create an account. You can enter any beer you’ve brewed yourself at home. All grain, part extract, kit and kilo.

Enter your beers according to style. Style guidelines and other information are available on our Guidelines page. We use the international BJCP 2015 style guidelines.

Entry is via the portal that opens on August 22.

You don’t need to add any extra notes to your entry unless the portal asks you or you used a special ingredient or technique that you want to make the judges aware of.

Pay the entries fees via PayPal or credit card (credit card link is at the bottom of the PayPal page). We do not accept cash.

Your account allows you to log back into any time to make changes, add extra entries.

Print the special labels that include your entry number, style and special notes linked to a barcode. They don’t include your name.  You can come back to edit and print more labels at any time.

Fix the labels to your bottles with a simple rubber band only. We remove and replace with a barcode that shuffles the order or entry around.

Accepted bottle sizes: Consistent with AABC, each entry must consist of a single container of at least 500ml and no more than 1000ml in volume. Both glass and plastic bottles are acceptable. Longnecks or brown PET ‘homebrew’ bottles are preferred.

330ml stubbies are not accepted. 

Cans: Despite a movement towards accepting cans, due to COVID health and safety, we are not able to accept cans because they cannot be sealed with a lid after use. Maybe next year.

Keep the outside of your bottles super clean. Remove all old labels and don’t add your own fancy labels. Containers should not have any unique identifying features.

Fix one entry label per clean bottle with a rubber band only – no tape. No names required.

One bottle is all we need but it is worth keeping a backup bottle at home (and refrain from drinking it). We might contact you if we have an issue and need a replacement.

Entry limits. Maximum of two entries per category – within this limit only one entry per style. Maximum of ten entries per entrant.

2020’s competition is capped at 400 entries. You need to enter early if you want to be in it. 

Pay the entry fee (+card/ PayPal fees – no cash) and print labels well in advance of the competition close on August 30 or you will be locked out of the portal. Attach your printed labels to your bottle with rubber bands only then drop your bottles off at a number of our supporters (listed below) who keep them cold for us until we collect them.

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. 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 judged in late October in Sydney*. In 2020 AABC might not happen due to COVID.

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.

Competition entry form

The entry portal will be open on August 22.   All entrants, past and new, must create a new account.


Entry drop off points

On Saturday,12 September between 11 and 1pm at the Irish Club, 13 Carrington St, Adelaide.

Two weeks prior

BeerBelly Brewing Supplies, 3/95 Research Rd, Pooraka http://shop.beerbelly.com.au

Left Barrel Brewing, 2e/37 Onkaparinga Valley Rd, Balhanna https://www.leftbarrel.com/

Brewmaker, 5/560 North East Rd, Holden Hill. https://www.brewmaker.com.au/

Rehn Bier, 23 Magnolia St, Tanunda https://www.rehnbier.com.au/

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.