News & Info

04/04/2017

Results for the Yarra Valley Brewers Belgian Beerfest 2017 are now online.
NOTE: That some results announced at the event were incorrect! Yarra Valley Brewers apologise for the mistake.
Thanks to everyone who judged and helped out on the day.
Results and trophies will be posted early next week.

22/03/2017

Vicbrew will be held on September 16th and 17th at a venue to be determined. AABC 2017 will be held in Perth on October 14th and 15th.

21/03/2017 New AABC (and Vicbrew) Categories and Styleguides

The list of categories and styleguides to by used at the National Competion (AABC 2017 in Perth) have finally been released. A number of substyles have been added and style descriptions updated using the 2015 BJCP revisions. Vicbrew 2017 will also use the updated AABC guides. The List of AABC cateories and the full AABC styleguides are available in pdf format.

Beerfest 2017 Results and the Merri Mashers IPA Competition Results are now online

07/02/2017

The Melboune Brewers "Beerfest 2017" competition is still seeking judges and stewards for this competition on February 23 and 24th. Competition details available on The Melbourne Brewers website.

The Yarra Valley Brewers "Belgian Beerfest 2017" competition will be held at Hargreaves Hill Brewery on April 1st. Competition details now online.

22/09/2016

Bayside Brewers Oktoberfest will be held on November 5th this year after ANHC 2016. Details and entry forms are now on the Bayside Oktoberfest website.

22/09/2016

Official Vicbrew 2016 Results summary and Full Results are now online.

14/09/2016

Congratulations to all place getters at Vicbrew 2016 last weekend. The entry form for qualifying entries for AABC 2016 is now available.

29/08/2016

Entries for Vicbrew 2016 can now be registered online at compmaster.com.au Entries must be delivered to a Vicbrew 2016 collection point by Saturday August 20th.

18/04/2016

Thank you to all the people who helped the Yarra Valley Brewers run Belgian Beerfest 2016 on Saturday.

Official results now available.

06/04/2016

For anyone interested in mead, fruit wine or still & sparkling cider the Eltham and District Wine Show has categories for each!

Eltham and District Wine Show 2016 - save the date

As a previous entrant to the Eltham and District Wine Show we invite you to participate again.

The 47th Annual Wine Show will be held on the Saturday and Sunday 12th & 13th Nov 2016 so get your wines ready.
The entry forms and brochures are already on our website - http://amateurwine.org.au/2016show.htm

We would also take this opportunity to invite you to become a member and get these advantages from membership
· Low cost membership, very good value for money
· Friendly monthly meetings where wine making issues can be discussed with peers
· Experienced key note speakers providing information and feedback
· Really practical and useful advice on winemaking from invited speakers and also from general conversation with members.
· Great source of ideas for different kinds of winemaking and Improved personal wine appreciation and knowledge
· Opportunity to become involved as a Committee member and get more involved
· Opportunity to link in a group with other members to make country and grape wines.
· Email forum for online discussions with members and monthly newsletter.
· Use of guild equipment and friendly assistance and advice
If you download the form now - http://amateurwine.org.au/images/membership-application.pdf - we will waive the joining fee and also give you free membership for the next three months
Joining the Guild will also entitle you to attend the Annual International Dinner on the 21st May at the Veneto Club and the theme this year is French Cuisine - $50 per head for a great night of wine, food and entertainment.
More details when you send in your membership application
kind regards
Mario M Anders - Treasurer

14/03/2016

Full rules for Vicbrew 2016.

25/01/2016

Important information for all VicBrew 2016 entrants, judges and stewards.
1. Entries will be online only.
2. Closing date for entries will be 20 August, three weeks before VicBrew 2016, which is tentatively set for 10-11 September 2016.
3. New bottle size limits will be strictly enforced (max. 90 mm diameter, max 300 mm height including cap)

Background
The running of VicBrew 2015 was a challenge. The hugely increased number of entries, combined with limited available manpower stretched the limits of the systems that have been used for previous competitions. This caused quite a few issues and a lot of problem solving on-the-fly during the Competition. Everybody involved deserves credit for pulling together and making it work despite those challenges.

In order to address these issues and in anticipation of increasing entries in ensuing years, robust discussion has been had within the organising committee and some changes made to the way VicBrew will be run for 2016. These are designed to enable us to cope with 600+ entries and make the competition run more smoothly for all involved – entrants, judges, stewards, and the organising committee. All of these changes will be subject to review after VicBrew 2016.

Changes affecting entrants
1. Entries will be online only. There will be no provision or allowance for paper entries of any kind. Offline entries make up about 30% of all entries, but take 3-4 people several days to collect entries from all the drop-off points and collate the information associated with them. An online-only system will free up a considerable number of hours and reduce the number of registration errors. It will also provide us with full details about entry numbers in each category as soon as entries close, which will allow us to better plan the competition and finalise the judging roster much earlier. We are working on a re-vamped online system with better stability and functionality, which will be up and running for VicBrew 2016. We expect that entrants without computer access will be able to ask a friend to assist with entering.

2. Entries will close 3 weeks before the competition instead of 2 weeks to allow us to better deal with the expected increased number of entries, to improve planning, and to reduce stress for all involved.

3. Bottle size limits will be strictly enforced. The absolute maximum dimensions are:
Diameter - 90mm.
Height - including cap or cork 300mm.
Minimum volume requirements remain unchanged.

These values are determined by the dimensions of the crates we have available, as there will be no flexibility to deal with over-size bottles. Do not enter anything that's “Just a couple of mm over”, it will not fit and will be disqualified.

Changes affecting judges and stewards:
Because of the large number of entries in many categories, it is no longer feasible for the same set of two to three judges to judge every beer in a category. For example, at VicBrew 2015 half of the 20 categories had more beers than could be judged in a single day. Thus we really needed 20 to 30 judges able to judge both days, but many judges were only available for one day. This led to a shortage of judges for some categories but other judges who we couldn’t use or who were under-utilised.

The judging system will be changed to better deal with this:

1. All large categories will be split into flights (group of about 12 beers) with each flight judged by a different judging panel. The scores from the panels will be compared directly against each other and used to determine the winning beers. There will be no scaling to account for potential differences between the judging panels. This is effectively the system we use to determine Champion Beer, which is selected as the highest scoring beer across all categories. In some competitions, additional judging of the best of the flights is done (often called a mini-BOS, e.g. www.bjcp.org/docs/MiniBOS.pdf), but this requires an additional bottle from all entrants and this is considered impractical at our current venue. We realise that this system is not perfect but consider that it is better than the system we’ve been using with some judges having to evaluate 30+ beers in the one day, sometimes very strong and very bitter, with consequent consistency issues.

2. Where necessary, VicBrew will adopt a queued judging system. This system is explained at www.bjcp.org/docs/Queued_Judging_judges.pdf. It still uses several sets of judging panels, but instead of having a pre-determined list of beers for each panel, as each panel finishes judging a beer, they are served the next beer off the master list for the whole category. This means that only one steward is required for the category and it simplifies the serving procedure.

3. Where necessary, some entries may be pre-judged before the main competition. This will allow us to make more efficient use of judge availability and space.


Provisional date for 2016:
The date for Vicbrew 2016 has been tentatively set for the 10th-11th September.

28/09/2015

Thank you to all the people who volunteered their time to help at Vicbrew over the last 2 days.

We had a record number of entries; 602 vs 458 last year, so we needed every pair of hands we could get. We can only make this work with your help.

Official results now available.