Entries for the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) will open on 6 January, 2014 according to a statement released by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV).The AIBA is touted as the largest competition of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, and last year attracted 1480 entries from 230 brewers in 35 countries around the world.

RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan said that through AIBA the RASV is committed to providing an international awards program to showcase the highest quality beer in the Asia Pacific region.

“The Australian International Beer Awards is strongly supported within the brewing community, and their feedback and input ensures that the competition reflects the modern landscape of the brewing industry,” Mr O’Sullivan said. “It provides brewers with an opportunity to benchmark their beers against international industry standards and aims to create greater consumer awareness of the quality and diversity of beer styles available in Australia and internationally.”

“In 2014 we are delighted to be including a media trophy in our Australian International Beer Awards program to recognise the exceptional standard of reporting in Australian media supporting our local beer and brewing industry,” Mr O’Sullivan concluded.

Judging for the 2014 AIBA will take place in Melbourne, from Monday, 28 April to Friday, 2 May. Chief judge for the event will be brewer and Chair of the Craft Beer Association (CBA), Brad Rogers. Winners will be announced on Thursday, 22 May 2014 as part of Good Beer Week.

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