About the Independent Beer Awards

The Indies Awards, now ten years young, is made by indies for indies

Our national awards are a unique, annual celebration of the best of the best independent craft beers, their artisan producers and the people who serve and support our industry.

The competition is offered by a dedicated Board, led by an exceptionally qualified Advisory Committee, overseen by a highly experienced Head Judge and more than 50 of the best judges from Australia & New Zealand. All delivered by a hardworking and passionate team with the support of our highly valued stewards. The vast majority of which are volunteers!

We differ from other beer competitions in Australia not only because the Awards are run by a membership organisation but also because the benefit for entrants continues well past the night of the ceremony.

By setting the standards of the competition high and pursuing excellence in quality the Independent Beer Awards form an integral part of our mission to driving consumers to understand the medal/trophy process when considering their purchase and to always #AskforIndieBeer.

The Independent Beer Awards 2024

Each year we host the judging hub (usually 3-4 days of intense beer tasting from 8.30am – 6pm) and ceremony in a different state.

This ensures we shine a light on the local beer market and allows us to further our Pathway to Judging Program which aims to provide opportunities for all who want to start or grow their experience by learning from the best of the best.

This year we are looking forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Awards in Perth alongside our pals at the West Australian Brewers Association and their Beer & Brewing Conference.

The Indies Awards Ceremony will be held at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough on:

Friday 2 August
5.30pm – 11pm (AWST)

Not able to attend in person this year? 

Not to worry, we will be live streaming around the nation!

Many of our members will be hosting watch parties so jump back here from 12 July to see if there are any close to you.

Otherwise, why not stock up on your favourite indie beers and tune in from home!

2023 Indies Awards Snapshot