San Diego International Beer Festival

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Five Sessions. Hundreds of Beers. One Glass.

Enter the Competition

Covid-19 update

Thank you for entering the San Diego International Beer Competition. With the continued updates on COVID-19 and the effect on breweries, we’ve modified our competition to accommodate entries.

We now have the green light to hold a large enough gathering to facilitate judging, so we are moving forward with the competition and the revised timeline is posted below. If you have any questions, please contact us.

register online

Application deadlines and important Competition dates are noted below. If you have any questions about online registration, please contact us online or call (858) 792-4207.

important dates

Entry Materials Available December 19, 2019
Entry Deadline August 21, 2020
Submit Beer for Judging (Entry Delivery) August 24-28, 2020
Judging September 18-20, 2020
Virtual Awards Ceremony TBD
San Diego International Beer Festival TBD

who can enter?

Open to any licensed brewery, brewpub, meadery or cidery. Breweries with multiple locations may enter up to 10 beers from each location, but may not enter the same brand twice. Beers may be entered only by a representative of the brewery. Distributors are responsible for gaining brewery permission for entry submittal. Brewery representatives present at the Festival must be at least 21 years of age. All beers entered must be currently available for commercial sale to the general public.

what do I receive by entering?

  • Whether 1 entry or 10 entries are submitted, each brewery will receive:
  • Two t-shirts per brewery
  • Printed sign for display during Festival
  • Lots of promotion and great exposure at the San Diego County Fair


Breweries will also receive the following; the quantity will depend on how many beers are entered.
1 to 4 beers entered will get you 4 of each, 5-10 beers entered will get you 8 of each.

  • Fair admission credentials
  • Tasting wristbands and festival glasses good for all sessions. Additional wristbands may be purchased for at the Festival.

is there a limit?

Breweries may enter up to 10 beers in the competition from each location. Of these, Premier Foods will order up to 3 (or up to 4 as space allows) for serving at the San Diego International Beer Festival. Please indicate if you do Not want to send beers to the Festival when you enter on-line. There is a limit of 1 entry per class or sub-class per brewery, except in Meads and Ciders.

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. Print the labels provided and tape your 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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