The Independent Beer Awards

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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.

Indies entries are now open

We are delighted to announce that we are now accepting entries for the 2019 Indies.

We invite all Australian independent breweries to submit your finest brews.

Entries close 7 July.

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.

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
30 May
7 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
Beer deliveries to consolidated state shipping depots
Competition sorting
Indies judging
Awards presentation
Results published
Return keg process and collection
Results to brewers

Indies sponsorship

We invite industry partners who wish to support our growing industry to work with us. Indies sponsorship provides the unique opportunity to align your brand with the celebration of excellence in independent beer.

Download the Indies 2019 prospectus below to find out more about these opportunities.

Other sponsorship opportunities are available outside of the scope of the list of trophies. Contact Kate Paterson on the details below for more information.

Indies Prospectus


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