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In a landmark change for the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW has unveiled a revamped award structure for 2024, featuring nine new major trophies and prizes. Among the additions is a pioneering reduced or no-alcohol championship title, reflecting the evolving preferences of both brewers and consumers.

Entries for this year’s competition, open now until the 29th of May, will now emphasize beverage styles over packaging, nearly doubling the number of trophies and special prizes available. This shift aims to better showcase the diverse range of beers, ciders, and perries produced by Australian breweries.

Ian Kingham, Chair of Judges, highlighted that the updated structure aligns with contemporary trends in the beer and cider industry. “The updated structure will ensure that the competition’s focus provides a true reflection of trending new world styles and interpretations, and a fair comparison of these styles for the Championship awards. It will also provide more opportunities for exhibitors to be recognised as a Champion producer” Kingham stated.


The judging panel for 2024 boasts a diverse group of experts from brewing, media, and sensory backgrounds, encompassing a wide range of experience, ages, and genders. Kingham expressed his enthusiasm about the upcoming event, noting the industry’s ongoing growth and innovation. “I’m excited to see what this year’s producers bring to the table,” he said.

The judging process, scheduled for September 5th and 6th, 2024, will involve twenty-five judges evaluating entries based on appearance, aroma, flavour, technical merit, and style. This rigorous evaluation provides detailed feedback to producers, helping them refine their products to meet industry standards.

The 2024 competition will feature 13 Championship trophies and special prizes across various categories, including Lager, Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Amber or Dark Ale, Wheat or other Grain, Fruit or Sour, Porter or Stout, Experimental or Specialty, Cider, Perry, Reduced or No Alcohol Beer or Cider, Best NSW Beer or Cider, and Best Beer or Cider of Show.

Entries close on May 29, 2024. For more details or to enter, visit

For more information contact RAS of NSW, Wine, Dairy and Fine Food Events Manager:

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