Best Presented Beer

* Winner is eligible to enter the AHA National Awards

*Venues nominating in this category will be invoiced to reimburse the cost of judging

This category will find the hotel that presents the best beer, delivered from the best cellar and dispensed by staff that are aware of all the facets of providing the best beer possible. The primary product of a hotel is draught beer, which must be presented at its optimum.

Judges will base their assessment on the following:

Please find judging criteria here.

Best Presentation Beer Specific Criteria

  • Beer Presentation
  • Cleanliness of glassware
  • Temperature of glassware
  • Appropriate head on beer
  • Appropriate glassware for style of beer
  • Training of the different pouring techniques for the variety of beers offered

General Criteria


  • Décor, design, ambience, atmosphere, lighting and comfort
  • Quality and appearance of the venue (furniture, table setting, crockery, cutlery, glassware)
  • Popularity of venue and alignment to local market
  • Pricing relevant to local market, quality of the restaurant and fine dining experience
  • Hygiene and cleanliness (all areas including restrooms)


  • Excellent variety of wines to include regional, Victorian and interstate wines
  • A reasonable variety of wines offered by the glass
  • A variety of beers local and imported available
  • A variety of non-alcoholic beverages offered
  • Wine description to enhance menu

Staff and Service

  • Excellent customer service
  • Staff presentation and quality of interaction
  • Staff knowledge of all products is a must with the ability to suggest food and wine pairings
  • Efficiency of order taking, meal delivery, table clearing
  • Staff efficiency and ability to be discreet
  • Staff well-groomed
  • Knowledge of Responsible Service of Alcohol
  • Telephone technique


  • Presentation
  • Seasonal variation
  • Value for money
  • Integration of specials


  • Relative price
  • Presentation, innovation, accuracy & composition of dishes
  • Originality, selection & variety of menu
  • Quality of dish
Judging Criteria