San Diego International Beer Festival

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Enter the Competition

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Application deadlines and important Competition dates are noted below. If you have any questions about online registration, please contact us online.

important dates

Entry Materials Available July 28, 2021
Entry Deadline August 27, 2021
Entry Delivery & Shipping Window September 13–17, 2021
Judging September 24–25, 2021
Awards Ceremony TBD 2021
Results Released By October 15, 2021
(except Best of Show)

who can enter?

Open to any licensed brewery, brewpub, meadery or cidery. Beers may be entered only by a representative of the brewery. Distributors are responsible for gaining brewery permission for entry submittal. All beers entered must be currently available for commercial sale to the general public. Each entry must meet the TTB definition of beer, mead or cider and must possess the general characteristics of beer, mead or cider and conform to the general trade understanding of beer, mead or cider.

what are the awards?

Three rosette ribbons, Gold, Silver, or Bronze are possible in each class. One Best of Show will be selected from all beer entries. Additionally a Champion Brewery and Champion Meadery/Cidery Award will be given to the brewery and cidery/meadery amassing the highest point total.
The Best of Show winner will be the proud holder of the San Diego Brewers Guild Trophy. The winning brewery is responsible for its safekeeping, displaying the trophy throughout the year and returning it to the San Diego International Beer Festival the following year.

is there a limit?

Breweries may enter up to 10 beers in the competition from each location. There is a limit of 1 entry per class or sub-class per brewery, except in Meads and Ciders. Breweries with multiple locations may enter up to ten (10) beers from each location, but may not enter the same brand twice.

what do I submit for competition?

Competition beers consist of 3 bottles or cans if 16 oz or more (17.9 oz, 22 oz., 750 ml.) or 4 bottles or cans if 11 oz – 12 oz. If you are entering categories 26, 27, 29, 30, 32 and 33 (APA, IPA, DIPA and all juicy or hazy categories), send 4 bottles regardless of bottle size due to the size of these categories. Print the labels provided in the entry materials and tape entry labels to each bottle/can in a water-proof manner (wide, clear packing tape is best). If entries are bottle-conditioned, please include a highly visible additional label so stating; we want to handle your entries properly. There is a label template in the competition document (print and cut as many as needed).

is there a fee?

There is a $50.00 fee per entry, with a maximum of 10 entries. Processing fees are non-refundable.


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