The Independent Beer Awards

Driving quality. Celebrating excellence.

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 provides an in invaluable opportunity for brewers to benchmark their beers and recognises excellence in the brewing industry.

Indies 2019

Planning for the 2019 Indies is well underway. See the following timeline for a list of key dates for this year:


29 March
3 May
24 May
30 June
19 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
Beer deliveries to consolidated state shipping depots
Competition sorting
Indies judging
Awards presentation
Results published
Return keg process and collection
Results to brewers