National & Regional Beer Competitions

FAQ for brewers

Full list of the rules can be found here Beer Competitons Guidelines.

Summary of the details can be found below. 

Where can I find a list of SIBA competitions dates?

An up to date list of competition dates can be found on the home screen of your SIBA Toolbox and on the calendar page on the SIBA website.


Am I eligible to enter?

You are eligible to enter beer into a SIBA Regional Beer Competition if:

• You are a SIBA Brewing Member.

• The beer was brewed in the region hosting the competition.

• The beer will be available in March for the National Beer Competition, currently held at BeerX.

Please be aware any beers delivered in containers belonging to other brewers or ecask without written consent will be automatically disqualified.

Full details can be found on the Competitions Guidelines document, located in the Filing Cabinet in your SIBA Toolbox.

Where can I find the awards category guidelines?

Below are the categories and definitions for each competition – Cask, Bottle/Can and Keg.

Categories and Guideline Definitions 2024 Cask

Categories and Guideline Definitions 2024 Bottle Can

Categories and Guideline Definitions 2024 Keg

How many beers can we enter?

Each region differs; the details should be on your invitation to enter.  The form asks you to prioritise, so we will cut back if we are over subscribed according to your priorities.

All regions allow one entry per category per brewer only.
Brewers cannot have two brands in the same category.

Do I need to complete a separate form for each beer?

No.  You can add all of your entries to one form.  There is a button to add another entry.  Unfortunately it only appears in the box for the first entry.  Some scrolling is required.

Can I enter the same beer in cask and bottle/can?


Is there an entry fee?


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Can I enter a seasonal beer?

Yes, but it must be available for March the following year for the SIBA National Indpendent Beer Awards.

Can I invite judges?

Yes, but their details must be sent to Beer Competitions and they cannot have any affiliation with yours or any local brewery within that region.
Please send in their name and email to  Places cannot be guaranteed.