Brewers Cup of California Info
Account RegistrationRegistrations for judges and stewards only accepted through Sunday, March 3, 2024 5:00 PM, PST.
Entry registration is closed.
BA Judging Styles
If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Select or tap on the name to access the Brewers Association styles as listed on their website.
|British-Style Barley Wine Ale
|British-Style Imperial Stout
|Classic English-Style Pale Ale
|Double Red Ale
|English-Style Brown Ale
|English-Style Dark Mild Ale
|English-Style India Pale Ale
|English-Style Pale Mild Ale
|English-Style Summer Ale
|Extra Special Bitter
|Scottish-Style Export Ale
|Scottish-Style Heavy Ale
|Scottish-Style Light Ale
|Special Bitter or Best Bitter
|Sweet or Cream Stout
|Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout
|Foreign (Export)-Style Stout
|Irish-Style Red Ale
|American-Style Amber/Red Ale
|American-Style Barley Wine Ale
|American-Style Black Ale
|American-Style Brown Ale
|American-Style Imperial Porter
|American-Style Imperial Stout
|American-Style India Pale Ale
|American-Style Pale Ale
|American-Style Sour Ale
|American-Style Strong Pale Ale
|American-Style Wheat Wine Ale
|Dark American-Belgo-Style Ale
|Fresh "Wet" Hop Ale
|Golden or Blonde Ale
|Imperial or Double India Pale Ale
|Imperial Red Ale
|Juicy or Hazy Imperial or Double India Pale Ale
|Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale
|Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale
|Juicy or Hazy Strong Pale Ale
|Pale American-Belgo-Style Ale
|Session India Pale Ale
|West Coast-Style India Pale Ale
|Bamberg-Style Weiss (Smoke) Rauchbier (Dunkel or Helles)
|Berliner-Style Weisse (Wheat)
|German-Style Kölsch / Köln-Style Kölsch
|German-Style Leichtes Weizen / Weissbier
|Kellerbier (Cellar beer) or Zwickelbier - Ale
|South German-Style Bernsteinfarbenes Weizen / Weissbier
|South German-Style Dunkel Weizen / Dunkel Weissbier
|South German-Style Hefeweizen / Hefeweissbier
|South German-Style Kristall Weizen / Kristall Weissbier
|South German-Style Weizenbock / Weissbock
|Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
|Belgian-Style Dark Strong Ale
|Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ales
|Belgian-Style Fruit Lambic
|Belgian-Style Pale Ale
|Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale
|Belgian-Style Session Ale
|Belgian-Style Table Beer
|Belgian-Style White (or Wit) / Belgian-Style Wheat
|Contemporary Belgian-Style Gueuze Lambic
|French & Belgian-Style Saison
|French-Style Bière de Garde
|Other Belgian-Style Ales
|Traditional Belgian-Style Gueuze
|Australian-Style Pale Ale
|Classic Australian-Style Pale Ale
|Dutch-Style Kuit, Kuyt or Koyt
|International-Style Pale Ale
|New Zealand-Style India Pale Ale
|New Zealand-Style Pale Ale
|Bamberg-Style Bock Rauchbier
|Bamberg-Style Helles Rauchbier
|Bamberg-Style Märzen Rauchbier
|Dortmunder / European-Style Export
|European-Style Dark / Münchner Dunkel
|German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock
|German-Style Oktoberfest / Wiesen (Meadow)
|Kellerbier (Cellar beer) or Zwickelbier - Lager
|Münchner (Munich)-Style Helles
|Traditional German-Style Bock
|American-Style Amber Lager
|American-Style Amber Light Lager
|American-Style Dark Lager
|American-Style Ice Lager
|American-Style India Pale Lager
|American-Style Light Lager
|American-Style Maerzen / Oktoberfest
|American-Style Malt Liquor
|Contemporary American-Style Lager
|Contemporary American-Style Light Lager
|Contemporary American-Style Pilsener
|Australasian, Latin American or Tropical-Style Light Lager
|Aged Beer (Ale or Lager)
|American-Style Cream Ale or Lager
|Belgian-Style Fruit Beer
|California Common Beer
|Chili Pepper Beer
|Chocolate / Cocoa-Flavored Beer
|Dark American Wheat Ale or Lager with Yeast
|Dark American Wheat Ale or Lager without Yeast
|Dessert Stout or Pastry Stout
|Experimental Beer (Lager or Ale)
|Experimental India Pale Ale
|Fruit Wheat Ale or Lager with or without Yeast
|German-Style Rye Ale (Roggenbier) with or without Yeast
|Ginjo Beer or Sake-Yeast Beer
|Herb and Spice Beer
|Indigenous Beer (Lager or Ale)
|Light American Wheat Ale or Lager with Yeast
|Light American Wheat Ale or Lager without Yeast
|Mixed Culture Brett Beer
|Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage
|Other Strong Ale or Lager
|Rye Ale or Lager with or without Yeast
|Smoke Beer (Lager or Ale)
|Specialty Honey Lager or Ale
|Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
|Wood- and Barrel-Aged Dark Beer
|Wood- and Barrel-Aged Pale to Amber Beer
|Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
|Energy Enhanced Malt Beverage
|Flavored Malt Beverage
|Collab Beer (Custom Style)
|Hard Kombucha (Custom Style)
Entry Acceptance Rules
Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 4
The following outlines rules & requirements for participation in the Brewers Cup of California. Failure to comply with any of these requirements may result in disqualification.
- Brewers must be:
- Official residents of California
- The brewery must hold a valid commercial brewing license, and
- Brewers must be at least 21 years of age.
- Persons submitting entry must have a direct association with the brewing of the entry, being a brewer, owner, or management. Distributors are not considered directly related to the production of beer and may only submit entries in the names of their clients, with their clients’ approval.
- Contract brews may only be entered by the brewery which produced them.
- Entrants or their qualified representative may participate in the judging on any panel they are not entered.
Eligible: At least 51% of the fermentable carbohydrates must be derived from malted grains. Beverages made with malt substitutes, honey, fruit or fruit juices, or anything other than malted grains as the majority of fermentable sugars are not eligible to participate. Not eligible: Mead, cider, spirits, and most shandies and radlers are not eligible to be entered into the competition. No single brewing location nor a group that owns multiple breweries may enter more than a total of 20 beers combined. A beer brand may not be renamed and entered into multiple categories, however the same beer brand can be entered into multiple categories. A separate entry fee must be paid for each additional category entered, and the minimum bottle, can, crowler, growler, or keg requirements still apply. Also, you must not exceed the 20 maximum total entry limit. Entries may be bottled, canned, in crowlers, in growlers or kegged in either Cornelius or Sankey kegs. Do not remove any commercial bottle labels. Do not black out any commercial or identifying designs or text on caps of entries. This facilitates the Cellar. Attach bottle labels to kegs in a secure manner allowing them to be easily read by competition officials so that appropriate code numbers can be placed on the keg. Shipping tape appears to have worked well. It helps to put them in plastic baggies also. Attach the bottle labels from the competition website (copies are OK) to each bottle with CLEAR packaging tape. NO RUBBER BANDS. Place bottle label on kegs so it may be easily read when processed. (Plastic bags may be used to keep forms dry.) An official entry shall consist of one of the following:
- Four (4) 12/16/20 oz. bottles or cans
- Four (4) 22/24 oz. bottles or cans
- One (1) 5 gallon Cornelius or Sankey keg not to exceed 7.5 gallons
- Four (4) 32 oz. or greater crowlers
- Two (2) 64 oz. growlers
All judging will be done with panels combining qualified judges and commercial brewing peers. Brewers or judges may not judge on panels in which they have a conflict of interest. At least one judge who has been certified by the Beer Judge Certification Program will sit on each judging panel. Beers will be disqualified for entry requirement infractions. These beers will be judged and will receive evaluations but will be ineligible for awards. All beers will be decanted prior to presentation to the judges. Kegs will be served off 5’ quarter inch tubing at 10 psi. Brewers are required to use online registration and payment at www.brewerscupofca.com. Please include a summary of your entries with your shipment packaging or delivery. This can be printed from the online entry submission software. No late entries will be accepted. By submitting an entry to this competition, the entrant:
- Asserts that they have legal title to submit the entry.
- Asserts the beer was brewed in the State and for commercial sale in the State of
- Agrees to provide proof of such availability upon request.
- Agrees to abide by the herein-stated policy on use of any awards or certificates in advertising.
- All brewers that have entered the competition are invited and encouraged to participate in the awards presentation.
The only allowable use of awards and certificates given by the Brewers Cup of California for advertising/marketing purposes shall be as follows:
- Any advertising use must clearly state the name and year of the competition.
- Must clearly state the level and category of award.
- The phrase “Best Beer in California” shall not be used in conjunction with any awards made by this competition.
- The Brewers Cup of California logo may not be altered in any way (i.e. changes to color, modifying text)
Failure to comply with these guidelines will be a basis for revocation of award or certificates by organizers and the publication of such revocations to the general public.
Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Monday, February 19, 2024 9:00 AM, PST through Friday, February 23, 2024 10:00 AM, PST.
Please pay attention to the notes provided for each drop-off location. There could be earlier deadlines for some drop-off locations listed, particular hours when entries are accepted, certain individuals to leave your entries with, etc. All entrants are responsible for reading the information provided by the organizers for each drop-off location.
TBD - Remote Locations
TBD - Sacramento Drop Off
TBD - Sacramento Shipping Address
Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Monday, February 19, 2024 10:00 AM, PST through Friday, February 23, 2024 5:00 PM, PST.
Ship entries to:
Touchstone Brewing Company
116 N 16th St Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95811
Packing and Shipping
- Do not remove any commercial bottle labels.
- Do not black out any commercial or identifying designs or text on caps of entries. This facilitates the Cellar.
- Attach the bottle labels from the competition website (copies are OK) to each bottle with CLEAR packaging tape. NO RUBBER BANDS.
Attach bottle labels to kegs in a secure manner allowing them to be easily read by competition officials so that appropriate code numbers can be placed on the keg. Shipping tape appears to have worked well. It helps to put them in plastic baggies also.
The Brewers Cup of California medals for excellence in more than 60 categories and does not necessarily award medals to the top three finishers in a particular category. When judges decide that a category contains three excellent examples of the style, they award gold, silver, and bronze medals for the first, second, and third place beers, respectively. If judges believe that no beer in the category meets the quality and style accuracy criteria, they may elect not to award a medal. Judges may award a silver or a bronze medal and yet not award a gold medal in a category. The award criteria are as follows:
Gold: A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma, and appearance.
Silver: An excellent beer that may vary slightly from style parameters while maintaining close adherence to the style and displaying excellent taste, aroma, and appearance.
Bronze: A fine example of the style that may vary slightly from style parameters and/or have minor deviations in taste, aroma, or appearance.
Both score sheets and awards will be posted to this website after the ceremony concludes. Results will be posted to this competition web site after the ceremony concludes.
Other awards include:
- Brewers Cup of California Best of Show: Awarded to the brewery with the highest-rated beer, overall.
- Brewery of The Year: Awarded to the brewery that received the most awards, overall.
- Guild of The Year: Awarded to the Brewers Guild whose members garnered the most awards.
- Pioneer Award: Awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to California’s craft beer industry.
Hard seltzer and kombucha will not count toward Brewery of the Year and are not eligible for Best of Show.
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 7:30 AM, PDT