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Entry Registration & Fees

1. Entry Registration: All entry registration(s) and fee(s) must be received by January 31 , 2024.

2. Entry Fees: Entry fees are $65.00 per entry until January 15, 2024 and then increase to $75. Payment must be made via PayPal, check, or money order. NO CASH ACCEPTED FOR ENTRIES. Do not send payments with entries. Payment must be received by February per one of the following methods:

a. PayPal - Pay online after registering your entries at Additional PayPal processing fees may apply.

b. Check or money order payable to “Brewers Cup of California.” Mail must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2024. Mail to:

Sacramento Area Brewers Guild
ATTN: Brewers Cup of California
2901 Douglas Blvd.
Suite 290
Roseville, CA 95661

3. Checks and money orders must be accompanied by a list of entry numbers for identification of the sender.

General Information

4. Additional Information: Should there be any need for additional information not found in this guild, please email 

5. Revisions: Guide is sent out in advance and therefore may be subject to revision or change.

6. Mailing List & Notification: Although we try to keep mailing lists current, we cannot be held responsible for any individual or company that is not notified or contacted.


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 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
West Coast-Style India Pale Ale 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 Lambic Belgian-Style Pale Ale
Belgian-Style Pale Strong Ale Belgian-Style Quadrupel Belgian-Style Session Ale
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 Traditional Belgian-Style Gueuze Australian-Style Pale Ale
Classic Australian-Style Pale Ale Dutch-Style Kuit, Kuyt or Koyt Grodziskie
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
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 Dessert Stout or Pastry Stout 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
Historical Beer Indigenous Beer (Lager or Ale) Kentucky Common
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 Energy Enhanced Malt Beverage Flavored Malt Beverage
Collab Beer (Custom Style) Hard Kombucha (Custom Style)  


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 4

Judging Sessions

Touchstone Thursday Morning
Thursday, February 29, 2024 8:00 AM, PST

Touchstone Thursday Afternoon
Thursday, February 29, 2024 1:00 PM, PST

Touchstone Friday Morning
Friday, March 1, 2024 8:00 AM, PST

Touchstone Friday Afternoon
Friday, March 1, 2024 1:00 PM, PST

Touchstone Saturday Morning
Saturday, March 2, 2024 8:00 AM, PST

Touchstone Sunday Morning
Saturday, March 2, 2024 8:00 AM, PST

Touchstone Saturday Afternoon
Saturday, March 2, 2024 1:00 PM, PST

Touchstone Sunday Afternoon
Sunday, March 3, 2024 1:00 PM, PST



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.


Awards Ceremony

Sacramento, CA
Wednesday, March 13, 2024 7:30 AM, PDT