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The Gold Coast Amateur Brewing Competition is BJCP sanctioned and open to any amateur homebrewer age 18 or older.

All mailed entries must be received at the mailing location by the shipping deadline - please allow for shipping time.

All entries will be picked up from drop-off locations the day of the drop-off deadline.

All entries must be handcrafted products, containing ingredients available to the general public, and made using private equipment by hobbyist brewers (i.e., no use of commercial facilities or Brew on Premises operations, supplies, etc.).

Bottles will not be returned to entrants.   Entry fee is $5 / entry + PayPal fees.


GCABC Flyer 2021




The competition organizers are not responsible for mis-categorized entries, mailed entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged.

The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.

Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each style once.

The competition committee reserves the right to combine categories based on number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.

The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.


2021 Prizes

Champion Brewer - Pro-Am collaboration beer with Precinct Brewing Co (brew your beer commercially with a collab beer), Beer Co. grain pack, liquid yeast plus more.  Champion brewer is the highest average over 3 beers, must enter 3 beers to be eligible.

Champion Beer (Highest Scoring Beer) - SS Brewtech Stainless Brew Bucket from Newera Brewing 

1st Place Category Winner - 25kg sack of grain (sponsored by Cryer Malt and The Gold Club)

2nd Place Category Winner - $25 Hoppy Days Voucher and 1 x White Labs Liquid Yeast 

3rd Place Category Winner - 1 x White Labs Liquid Yeast


About the Competition




The Gold Club are the proud organisers of the Gold Coast Amateur Brewing Competition (GCABC) which first ran in 2017.  In 2019, the competition received over 220 entries from local and regional home brewers.  The Gold Club is a local group of passionate home brewers (and some professional brewers) that have been meeting since 2012 to share our love of home brewing and quality beer.

The Gold Club meets on the second Firday of every month at Black Hops II to share home brew beers, starting from 6PM.  We also hold several social events, camping trips, and education nights throughout the year.  Please join our Facebook group for further details on our upcoming events.


Please share our 2021 GCABC flyer on social media to spread the word about the competition. Download - GCABC 2021 Flyer


Results and Scoresheets

Competition results and score sheets will be available online at the conclusion of the competition.  Previous year's results are available on the GCABC Results page.  Score sheets are NOT sent to entrants via. postal mail, these are available online only.



The following categories are eligible for entry as shown within the Judging Styles.  This is a subset of the BJCP 2015 style guideline categories and styles.  Please follow the latest BJCP 2015 guidelines.  A Google Doc of the categories is available at GCABC -


Drop-off Locations

If you wish to ship your entries via. postal mail then please contact the competition organiser. Details for dropping beers off are available within the Drop-off Locations section.  Date and times for drop-off and shipping beers are strict and can not be received before or after the stated times for each location.  Please note that dates and times may vary depending on each location.


FAQ - Common Questions


Q: Should I enter a fruited Berliner Weisse into Wild Specialty Beer or as a Fruit Beer?
A: A fruited Berliner Weisse should be entered as a Fruit Beer because it is a classic style with fruit added. Some brewers and judges have been confused by language in the guidelines, but BJCP President Gordon Strong clarified the intent of the Fruit Beer and American Wild Ale guidelines in a post on the BJCP Members Forum. His post can also be accessed here.

Q: If I add fruit or another special ingredient to an IPA, should I enter it as a Specialty IPA?
A: No. Your entry should go into one of the appropriate specialty beer categories. An IPA with fruit would be a Fruit Beer. An IPA with chilies should be entered as Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer. Specialty IPA entries should be reserved for widely accepted IPA modifications that usually involve more than just adding one specialty ingredient.

One way to think about this would is to think about what a competition entry write-up for a Grapefruit IPA would look like. It would be something like “American IPA with Grapefruit.” That’s not a new style, it’s a classic style with fruit added, so it should be entered as a Fruit Beer (this is the same logic used for the fruited Berliner Weiss example above). Most of the currently declared Specialty IPAs are style hybrids that generally go beyond taking a classic style IPA and adding a single special ingredient. Rye IPA is an exception, but Rye IPA is a clearly defined Specialty IPA style that is brewed frequently by both commercial and home brewers.

Q: In what category should I enter my super hazy New England IPA?
A: Specialty IPA. Unlike the fruit/spice examples above, the currently popular (and divisive) NE IPA is a unique take on the IPA style that involves much more than adding a single specialty ingredient. The NE IPA is balanced to fruity or tropical aroma and flavor hops with subdued bittering, a cloudy appearance, and a fuller, creamier mouthfeel. A short description should be provided until a standard BJCP style description is prepared.

Q: Where should I enter a Gruit since it is not on the list of Historical Beers?
A: As a Historical Beer. The introduction to the Historical Beer category specifically states that brewers can enter a historical beer that is not on the BJCP-defined list, as long as the entrant provides “a description of the style for the judges in sufficient detail to allow the beer to be judged.” In other words, entrants are not limited to the list of Historical Beer styles in the current edition of the guidelines. For something as broad as a gruit, a description of the specific entry is needed more than the general definition of gruit.

Q: Did Northern and Southern English Brown Ales get combined into the same style?
A: No. Northern English Brown Ales are now part of the new British Brown Ale style, which is much broader than the former Northern English Brown Ale. Southern English Brown was moved to the Historical Beer listings and renamed London Brown Ale.


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock 11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A British Strong Ale17A1 Burton Ale17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale19A American Amber Ale19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale20A American Porter20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA
21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA 21B3 Brown IPA
21B4 Red IPA 21B5 Rye IPA 21B6 White IPA
21B7 New England IPA 22A Double IPA22B American Strong Ale
22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin23D Lambic
23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic 24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde 25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison 25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27A Historical Beer 27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie
27A3 Lichtenhainer27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter
27A9 London Brown Ale28A Brett Beer 28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty Beer 29A Fruit Beer 29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Specialty Fruit Beer 30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer 31A Alternative Grain Beer 31B Alternative Sugar Beer
32A Classic Style Smoked Beer 32B Specialty Smoked Beer 33A Wood-Aged Beer
33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer 34A Clone Beer 34B Mixed-Style Beer
34C Experimental Beer PRX1 Dorada PampeanaPRX2 IPA Argenta
PRX3 Italian Grape AlePRX4 Catharina Sour PRX5 New Zealand Pilsner


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 1

Judging Sessions and Dates

Black Hops II
Saturday 26 June, 2021 9:00 AM, ChST


Best of Show

Champion brewer receives a pro-am collaboration beer with Black Hops.  Champion brewer will be determined based on an average score of each brewer's three highest scoring beers.


2021 Results

Champion Brewer 2021: Sam Middler (GoldClub)

Calculated on average of three highest scoring beers, tie breaker determined by average 4 highest scoring beers.

1. Sam Middler (GoldClub) - 44, 43, 43 - 43.33 average - 44, 43, 43, 42 - 43 average (tie breaker)
2. Max Plank (GoldClub) - 44, 44, 42 - 43.33 average - 44, 44, 42, 40 - 42.5 average(tie breaker)
3. John Kenyon (Tuns Of Anarchy) - 44, 43, 38 - 41.66 average
4. Jon Clark - 43, 42, 39 - 41.33
5. Cary MacDonald - 44, 40, 39 - 41 average
6. Jeremy MacGregor - 45, 41, 33 - 39.66 average
7. Tony Van Der Linden - 44, 38, 36 - 39.33 average
8=. Lachlan Beach - 46, 37, 33 - 38.66 average
8=. Simon Skidmore - 44, 43, 29 - 38.66 average


Champion Beer 2021: Lachlan Beach (Sunny Coast Brewers [Australia])

30A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer - Chilli Chocolate Stout (46 points)


2021 Scoresheets

To locate your judging numbers (random 6 digit number) login to your account (My Account > Entries) and view your entries.  Note: Judging numbers won't be shown on a mobile device.  You can then locate your score sheets below based on the judging number and the category.

Table 1 - 1B, 1D, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D, 6A, PRX5

Table 2 - 7A, 7B, 7C, 8A, 8B, 9A, 10A, 10B, 11A, 11B, 13A, 13B

Table 3 - 13C, 14B, 14C, 15A, 15B, 15C, 16A, 16B, 16C, 16D, 17A, 17D

Table 4 - 12B, 18B

Table 5 - 9C, 19A, 19C, 20A, 20B, 20C

Table 6 - 18A, 21A, 21B, 21B2, 21B4, 21B5, 21B6, 21B7, 22A

Table 7 - 23A, 23B, 23E, 23F, 24A, 24B, 25A, 25B, 28A, 28B, 28C

Table 8 - 24C, 25C, 26B, 26C, 27A1, 27A2, 29A, 29B, 29C, 30A, 32A, 33A, 33B, 34A, 34C


2020 Results

The GCABC was not held in 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.


2019 Results

Champion Brewer 2019: Tony Van der Linden (Brisbane Amateur Beer Brewers)

1. Tony Van der Linden - 43.75, 43.5, 41.5 - 42.91
2. Sam Middler - 46, 41, 40.75 - 42.58
3. Dan Koorey - 45.5, 40.5, 40 - 42


Champion Beer 2019: Sam Middler (GoldClub)

34C: Experimental Beer - Razzle Dazzle Smoothie (46 points)


2019 Scoresheets

To locate your judging numbers (random 6 digit number) login to your account (My Account > Entries) and view your entries.  Note: Judging numbers won't be shown on a mobile device.  You can then locate your score sheets below based on the judging number and the category.

Table 1 - 1B, 1C, 1D, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5B, 5C, 5D, 6A, 6B, 6C, 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B, 9A, PRX5

Table 2 - 10A, 10B, 11B, 12A, 12B, 12C, 14C, 17C

Table 3A and Table 3B - 9C, 13A, 13B, 13C, 15B, 16A, 16B, 16D, 17A, 19A, 19C, 20A, 20B, 20C

Table 4 - 21A, 21B, 21B1, 21B3, 21B4, 21B5, 21B6, 21B7, 22A, 22B

Table 5 - 23B, 23F, 24B, 25A, 25B, 26A, 26C, 26D, 28A, 28B

Table 6 - 27A1, 29A, 29B, 29C, 30A, 31A, 32A, 32B, 33B, 34A, 34C

Table 7 - 18A, 18B

2018 Results

Champion Brewer 2018:  Andrew Mahony

1. Andrew Mahony - 44, 43.5, 41 - 42.83
2. Cary MacDonald - 46, 43.25, 38 - 42.41
3. Sam Middler - 44.5, 40, 39 - 41.16
4. Alex Taubert - 41, 39.5, 39 - 39.8
5. Andrew Leckie - 42.5, 39, 37.5 - 39.6
6. Scott Burnett - 41.5, 41, 36 - 39.5
7. Benedict Roth - 43, 38.5, 36 - 39.16
8. Paul Davidson - 43, 38, 34.5 - 38.5
9. Tony Van der Linden - 40, 39.5, 34.5 - 38


Champion Beer 2018: Cary MacDonald (The Gold Club)

21B6: White IPA: Specialty IPA - Great White Unchained (46 points)


2018 Scoresheets

To locate your judging numbers (random 6 digit number) login to your account (My Account > Entries) and view your entries.  Note: Judging numbers won't be shown on a mobile device.  You can then locate your score sheets below based on the judging number and the category.

Table 1 - Pale Lager / Beer - 1A, 1B, 2A, 4A, 4C, 5A, 5B, 5C, 5D

Table 2 - Amber / Dark Lager - 1C, 2B, 6A, 6B, 6C, 7A, 8A, 8B

Table 3 - Wheat Ale / British / Australian Beer - 1D, 10A, 11B, 11C, 12A, 12B

Table 4 - Amber / Brown Ale - 13A, 13B, 13C, 15B, 15C, 19A, 19B, 19C

Table 5 - Porter / Stout - 9C, 16A, 16B, 16D, 20A, 20B, 20C

Table 6 - Pale Ale - 18A, 18B

Table 7 - IPA / Strong Ale - 21A, 21B, 21B2, 21B3, 21B4, 21B6, 22A, 22B, 22C

Table 8 - European Sour / Wild Ale - 23D, 23F, 28A, 28B, 28C

Table 9 - Belgian / Trappist Ale - 24C, 25A, 25B, 25C, 26A, 26B, 26C, 26D

Table 10 - Specialty Beer - 29A, 29C, 30A, 32A, 32B, 33A, 33B, 34C

2017 Results

Champion Brewer 2017:  Sam Middler (The Gold Club)

1. Sam Middler - 44, 40, 38 - 40.67
2. Luke Elliot - 44.5, 40, 36 - 40.17
3. Ben Brett - 41.75, 41.5, 37 - 40.08
4. Andrew Leckie - 45, 43, 30.5 - 39.50
5. Tony Van Der Linden - 42, 40, 35.5 - 39.17
6. Neal Matulich - 43.5, 41, 31.5 - 38.67
7. Nick Holt - 40.75, 40.25, 32.5 - 37.83


Champion Beer 2017: Andrew Leckie (Brisbane Brewers Club)

16B Dark British Beer: Oatmeal Stout - Choc Oatmeal Stout (45 points)


2017 Scoresheets

To locate your judging numbers (random 6 digit number) login to your account (My Account > Entries) and view your entries.  Note: Judging numbers won't be shown on a mobile device.  You can then locate your score sheets below based on the judging number and the category.

Table 1 - Pale Lager / Amber / Dark Lager / Beer - 1B, 2A, 3A, 3B, 4A, 5B, 5C, 5D, 6A, 6B, 6C, 7A, 8A, 8B, 9A

Table 2 - Wheat Beer / British / Australian Ale - 1D, 10A, 10B, 11A, 11B, 11C, 12A, 12B, 24A

Table 3 - Amber / Brown Ale / Porter / Stout - 9C, 13A, 13B, 13C, 14A, 15A, 15B, 16A, 16B, 19A, 19B, 19C, 20A, 20B, 20C

Table 4 - APA / IPA / Strong Ale - 12C, 18B, 21A, 21B, 22A, 22B, 22C

Table 5 - European Sour Ale / Belgian Trappist Ale - 23A, 24B, 24C, 25B, 25C, 26A, 26B, 26C, 26D

Table 6 - Specialty Beer - 28A, 28B, 28C, 29A, 29B, 29C, 30A, 32A, 32B, 33A, 34C



The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed at the June Gold Club meeting.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Both score sheets and awards will be available online within the competition portal.  Score sheets will NOT be sent via. postal mail.  Awards will be available for pickup at the Gold Club meeting at Burleigh Brewing, details on this will be communicated with the prize winners individually. Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.