It doesn't seem that long that I was dodging red belly blacks in 37C heat trying to find an iconic spot to take the podium photo for the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2018. Yet here we are, ready to roll again.
Voting for the 2019 poll opens on December 11, which means Australian brewers need to get any beers they'd like considered registered beforehand.
You can do so by heading here to register any eligible beers before 5pm on December 9. That's the cutoff point to be certain beer fans will be able to vote for you as soon as the poll opens.
Voting closes on January 17, 2020, with the countdown for the 12th taking place on January 25, when there will be celebrations in the country’s bars, brewpubs and backyards – plus, of course, The Crafty Pint's analysis, infographic and interviews.
For details on registering for the Kiwi poll, head here.
WHO AND WHAT CAN BE ENTERED?
All Australian craft beers that were sold commercially in keg, can or bottle from January 1, 2019, including core range and limited edition releases, are eligible. The GABS team ask you to register all of them.
Brewers are encouraged to promote the poll and will be able to access promotional materials from GABS to assist in this. However, breweries MUST NOT offer incentives for voting. This is to ensure an even playing field across the industry and breweries that do risk being booted from the poll.
Australian beer brands deemed by GABS as "non-craft", such as Crown Lager, are ineligible. International craft brands brewed in Australia, including Brooklyn Brewery and Goose Island, are also ineligible.
Craft brands brewed by multinational companies or supermarket chains, eg Matilda Bay, James Squire, Little Creatures, Cricketers Arms, Mountain Goat, 4 Pines, Feral, Pirate Life, Green Beacon, Steamrail and White Rabbit, are eligible.