The Independent Beer Awards

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2019 Indies Results

The Independent Beer Awards

Each year, BrewCon and the Trade Expo culminates in the Indies, Australia’s largest independent beer competition to showcase the best of the independent brewing industry.

Across two days of competition, judges assess hundreds of beers across a range of styles. This recognises excellence in the brewing industry and provides an invaluable opportunity for brewers to benchmark their beers.

When: Thursday 5th September, 6.30pm-10.30pm

Where: Showtime Events Centre – 61 S Wharf Promenade, South Wharf VIC 3006

Delegate PriceDelegate Discount

$ 100


When purchased with a full conference ticket

Trade ExhibitorExhibitor discount

$ 120


Limited to 5 tickets per exhibitor

IBA MemberIndies Awards Only

$ 120



Regular PriceIndies Awards Only

$ 150


NB: Indies Awards Ceremony tickets are not included in conference registration. Purchasing an Indies Ticket will allow access to the Trade Expo and Indies Medal Tasting on Friday 6th September. Please register your attendance during the checkout process.

New trophies

The Indies awards are growing with our industry. Alongside the traditional range of Indies awards, we have introduced several new trophies this year to better reflect our changing sector.

Champion Australian Brewpub

Brewpubs are an integral part of the independent beer sector and often become hubs for their local communities. To recognise the contribution of brewpubs, we have introduced the Champion Australian Brewpub Trophy, open to breweries that sell at least 75% of their beers on-site.

State/Territory Champion Breweries

Each state and territory within Australia has its own community of independent brewers that develop unique beers, often sourced from local ingredients. The State/Territory Champion Brewery Trophy is awarded to the top brewery for each state or territory, and is available to all breweries regardless of size.


29 March
3 May
30 May
12 July
16 August
26 August
1-2 September
5 September
6 September
16 September
6 October


Judging applications open
Judging applications close
Competition entries open
Competition entries close: extended until 12 July
Beer deliveries to consolidated state shipping depots
Competition sorting
Indies judging
Awards presentation
Results published
Return keg process and collection
Results to brewers


For all matters relating to Indies entries, Indies judging or other general enquiries, please contact Jason:

Jason Sommers
Event Manager

For all matters relating to Indies sponsorship, please contact Kate:

Kate Paterson
Head of Industry Development

The 2019 Indies is Proudly Supported By Our Associate Members


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