Beers will be judged in the following 20 competition categories, according to Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) beer category guidelines (please see below). The style categories have been chosen to reflect beer styles commonly found in the Asian marketplace.
NEW for 2019:
2 Apple Cider Categories
Reflecting the increasing popularity of Apple Cider in the region we have added 2 new Style Categories for this year's competition:
Category 21. Apple Cider
Category 22. Specialty Apple Cider
*Breweries entering 4 or more beers will automatically qualify for the "Champion Brewery" competition
Please see below for a full description of competition beer styles accepted for each Category - each beer entered will be judged according to it's beer style Sub Category. BJCP Style Guidelines can be found after the category list.
2015 BJCP Beerstyle Guidelines
* BJCP Guidelines_New Styles
BJCP 2015 Cider Guidelines
Rules & Regulations
Beers will be judged ‘blind’ by our panel of international experts (professional brewers and certified beer judges). Judges will be presented each competing beer in its appropriate category flight in a clear cup for evaluation according to the following 50 points Beer Judge Certification Programme judging criteria:
- Appearance: Max 3 pts - Aroma: Max 12 pts - Flavour: Max 20 pts
- Mouthfeel/Body: Max 5 pts - Overall Impression/Technical Quality: Max 10 pts (Total 50 pts)
Judging notes will be returned to brewers for all entries.
2. Style Guidelines.
Beers will be judged in category according to their corresponding BJCP Style Guidelines*. Brewers should enter the Category and Sub Category they wish to have their beer judged by in their entry form. Please see full Competition Categories above or online at: www.asiabeerchampionship.com/competition-categories. The competition organizers and judges reserve the right to disqualify beers they deem to have been entered into the incorrect category. Brewers should include tasting notes with their Entry Form if the judges need guidance for beer assessing.
*BJCP 2015 Style Guidelines and 2018 new style updates will be used as judging reference materials. A copy of this can be found on our website and is available from the competition organizer on request.
For the purpose of the 2018 Asia Beer Championship, an Asian Brewery is defined as a brewery of any size with production facilities and producing beer for commercial purposes (sale on site or for national/regional distribution) in the following countries:
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Dubai, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.
Beers brewed at rented brewing facilities, “Gypsy/Contract Brew Beers”, may also enter the competition as long as the facilities used for production are in one of the above Asian countries.
The top 3 beers in each category will be awarded Gold, Silver & Bronze medals respectively, any beers scoring 40 points or over will be given a “Chairman’s Selection” accolade. In the event of a tie the Chairman’s decision is final. The top beer in each style category will enter a taste-off for the “Champion Beer of Asia” award. Winning and "Chairman's Selection" beers will be given digital versions of their award category logo for their own marketing and promotional use.
The results of the competition will be announced in Singapore on the 20th October 2018 – all certificate and “Chairman’s Selection” winners will be notified of their success after the awards announcement.