Asda has launched a competition to find the best new beers and ciders from micro, regional and national breweries.

The competition will run across six categories; ale Scotland, ale North England, ale South England, lager, cider and speciality beer until 31 October.

One winner will be chosen from each category based on "taste, packaging sustainability, design stand out and labelling", the retailer said today (30 September).

All six winners will get a 12-week listing in Asda stores from January 2009, with a potential extended guest listing if their product proves popular with customers.

Beer buyer Jill Wilson said: "We are passionate about putting the highest quality products on our shelves. That's the inspiration behind the competition - allowing breweries, from the smallest to the largest, to give consumers a chance to sample new, quality tastes."

There is no limit to the number of entries but products must be new to Asda and have a maximum ABV of 6.5%.