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Account Registration

You can create your account today through Friday, February 24, 2023 12:00 AM, PST.

Judges and stewards may register now through Wednesday, March 1, 2023 12:00 AM, PST.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Friday, February 10, 2023 11:59 PM, PST.


Entry Fees

$75.00 (USD) per entry.


BA Styles Accepted

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 Brown Porter
Classic English-Style Pale Ale Contemporary-Style Gose 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
Oatmeal Stout Old Ale Ordinary Bitter
Robust Porter Scotch Ale Scottish-Style Export Ale
Scottish-Style Heavy Ale Scottish-Style Light Ale Special Bitter or Best Bitter
Strong Ale 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 Stout
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 Smoke Porter Specialty Stouts
Adambier Bamberg-Style Weiss (Smoke) Rauchbier (Dunkel or Helles) Berliner-Style Weisse (Wheat)
German-Style Altbier German-Style Kölsch / Köln-Style Kölsch German-Style Leichtes Weizen / Weissbier
Kellerbier (Cellar beer) or Zwickelbier - Ale Leipzig-Style Gose 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 Dubbel Belgian-Style Flanders Oud Bruin or Oud Red Ales Belgian-Style Fruit Lambic
Belgian-Style Gueuze Lambic Belgian-Style Lambic Belgian-Style Pale Ale
Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale Belgian-Style Quadrupel Belgian-Style Table Beer
Belgian-Style Tripel 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
Australian-Style Pale Ale Classic Australian-Style Pale Ale Dutch-Style Kuit, Kuyt or Koyt
Grodziskie International-Style Pale Ale Bamberg-Style Bock Rauchbier
Bamberg-Style Helles Rauchbier Bamberg-Style Märzen Rauchbier Bohemian-Style Pilsener
Dortmunder / European-Style Export European-Style Dark / Münchner Dunkel Franconian-Style Rotbier
German-Style Doppelbock German-Style Eisbock German-Style Heller Bock/Maibock
German-Style Leichtbier German-Style Märzen German-Style Oktoberfest / Wiesen (Meadow)
German-Style Pilsener German-Style Schwarzbier Kellerbier (Cellar beer) or Zwickelbier - Lager
Münchner (Munich)-Style Helles Traditional German-Style Bock Vienna-Style Lager
American-Style Amber Lager American-Style Amber Light Lager American-Style Dark Lager
American-Style Ice Lager American-Style India Pale Lager American-Style Lager
American-Style Light Lager American-Style Maerzen / Oktoberfest American-Style Malt Liquor
American-Style Pilsener Contemporary American-Style Lager Contemporary American-Style Light Lager
Contemporary American-Style Pilsener Australasian, Latin American or Tropical-Style Light Lager Baltic-Style Porter
Dry Lager International-Style Pilsener Aged Beer (Ale or Lager)
American-Style Cream Ale or Lager Belgian-Style Fruit Beer Brett Beer
California Common Beer Chili Pepper Beer Chocolate / Cocoa-Flavored Beer
Coffee-Flavored Beer Dark American Wheat Ale or Lager with Yeast Dark American Wheat Ale or Lager without Yeast
Experimental Beer (Lager or Ale) Experimental India Pale Ale Field Beer
Fruit Beer Fruit Wheat Ale or Lager with or without Yeast German-Style Rye Ale (Roggenbier) with or without Yeast
Ginjo Beer or Sake-Yeast Beer Gluten-Free Beer Herb and Spice Beer
Historical 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 Pumpkin Beer Rye Ale or Lager with or without Yeast
Session Beer Smoke Beer (Lager or Ale) Specialty Beer
Specialty Honey Lager or Ale Wild Beer 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
Wood- and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer Energy Enhanced Malt Beverage Flavored Malt Beverage
Hard Kombucha (Custom Style)   


Entry Limit

There is a limit of 1500 entries for this competition.


Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to 20 entries.


Pay Entry Fees

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Check, made out to Sacramento Area Brewers Guild
  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal


Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 4

Hard seltzer and kombucha will not count toward Brewery of the Year and are not eligible for Best of Show.

The following outlines rules & requirements for participation in the California Craft Brewers Cup. Failure to comply with any of these requirements may result in disqualification.

  1. 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 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 California Craft Brewers Cup for advertising/marketing purposes shall be as follows:

  1. Any advertising use must clearly state the name and year of the competition.
  2. Must clearly state the level and category of award.
  3. The phrase “Best Beer in California” shall not be used in conjunction with any awards made by this competition.
  4. The CCBC 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.


Drop-Off Location

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Monday, February 20, 2023 9:00 AM, PST through Friday, February 24, 2023 5:00 PM, 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.

Touchstone Brewing
116 N 16th St Unit 100 Sacramento, CA 95811
*Entry drop-offs accepted 2/23 & 2/24.


Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Monday, February 20, 2023 12:00 AM, PST through Friday, February 24, 2023 12:00 AM, PST.

Ship entries to:

Touchstone Brewing Company
116 N 16th St Unit 100 Sacramento, CA 95811

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.


Judging Sessions and Dates

Thursday Judging
Thursday, March 2, 2023 9:00 AM, PST

Friday Judging
Friday, March 3, 2023 9:00 AM, PST

Saturday Judging
Saturday, March 4, 2023 9:00 AM, PST

Sunday Judging
Sunday, March 5, 2023 9:00 AM, PST


Best of Show

Brewers Cup of California Best of Show: Awarded to the brewery with the highest-rated beer, overall

Brewery of the Year shall be determined by the following medal point totals: 

          Gold = 8 pts.                  Silver = 4 pts.                  Bronze = 2 pts. 

In case of a tie, Brewery of the Year will be determined by the strength (number of entries) of the category the beer was entered. 



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.