Entries for the 2022 Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Awards (RABCA) are now open to beer and cider producers from Australia and New Zealand.

Established in 1844 and relaunched in its current format in 2010, this year’s RABCA will have 13 coveted trophies up for contention.

Enter here and check out our story on last year’s winners here.

Chair of judges Stephen Nelsen said last year’s competition attracted close to 300 entries from across Australia, and that he was hoping for an even bigger number in 2022.

“The industry has really forged ahead with hazy pale ales, with juicy hop profiles, taking the spotlight from sours and the diverse so-called IPAs of the past couple of years, so I’m excited to put the hop varieties head-to-head in some oaty goodness,” he said.

“The zero and low alcohol offerings looks like a competitive space; maybe our brewers are looking forward to standing up with a beer socially, after a long spell of ‘virtual’ cheer.

“As always, don’t be shy to send in your dark and malt forward brews, in recognition of the long-awaited Adelaide winter Beer and BBQ festival.”

Chief judge of the RABCA cider section Warwick Billings said he was looking forward to a growing number of cider entries featuring fruit.

“There is a definite trend of ciders with fruit, perhaps reflecting a similar interest in the brewing world,” he said. “Cidermakers are refining their offerings, and they are more appealing each year.

“The mainstay apple ciders continue to diversify in style and sophistication, with new entrants and new products. Cider in Australia is still at the relatively early stages of a new wave of interest and cidermakers are responding with alacrity.”

RABCA entries close 5.00pm ACST on May 20 while judging will be done in late June ahead of the their awards presentation being held on the opening night of the Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival on July 15.

Information on all Royal Show competitive sections, including classes, criteria and closing dates, can be found by visiting www.theshow.com.au. For more information call the RA&HS on (08) 8210 5211 or (08) 8210 5253.

2022 key dates

Entries open: March 11
Entries close: May 20
Judging: June 22 & 23
Awards presentation: July 15
Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival: July 15 & 16

This is an edited version of a media release distributed by the Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Awards.

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