Frequently Asked Questions

How many bottles are needed per submission?

We request either three bottles of 12oz and 330ml, or two bottles of 500ml and 750ml per submission.

Does everyone win a medal!?

NO!  We are not a medal factory.  We take great pride in that less than 50% of those who submit win a medal.

Are you judging sake also?

Yes we are judging sake!

Are you judging cider also?

Yes we are judging cider!

Are we able to submit if we do not sell in Australia?

Yes.  We encourage beer producers looking to enter the Australia market to submit their products to be judged in a blind tasting by real trade buyers.

Are we able to submit if we are not available in Australia?

Yes.  We encourage international producers who are looking to enter the Australia market as well as to see how they compete against other top producers.  I

I am a homebrewer may I submit?

The competition is only open to commercially produced beer and sake.

Why trade only judges?

We believe that experienced trade buyers truly know what consumer want as they interact with consumers and knows what sells and at what price.  Journalists and self professed experts who do not interact with consumers do not know what consumer want.

Why judge by price?

Consumer and trade buyers always factor price into their buying decision.

How are you different from other beer competitions?

We are the only international beer competition where all the judges are trade buyers judging the liquid by its category and price.  The judges are judging as if they are buying it for their business.

Do you hold any other competitions?

The MIBC is part of the International Beverage Competition Group which includes the New York International Spirits Competition and New York International Wine Competition and New York International Beer Competition.  Melbourne also has the Melbourne International Wine Competition and Melbourne International Spirits Competition.

How do you promote the winners?

We promote the competition several ways.  We publish the results on our website and through press releases.  We also promote the winners on www.alcoholprofessor.com and through our sponsors.  Winners are poured at our private and consumer tasting events.

What if my category is not listed on the submission form?

Every year we are challenged by the growing craft beer market and respond by creating new categories.  Please contact us at adam@melbourneintlcomp.com if you do not see your category on the form or online at the www.thedatastill.com