World Beer Championships®

Brewmasters and brewery owners all want one thing, for people to buy and enjoy more of their beer. Our reviews provide objective, third party affirmation of a beer's quality and taste. Our mission is to help create more awareness of great tasting beers as the choices of beer abound. We help beer enthusiasts to discover and savor the flavor of world-class beers. Your beer must be commercially available for sale, in its country of orgin or export market, at the time of registration to enter our reviews. Enter Today!

  • Ship us: (6) - 12oz, 330ml (or equivalent volume) in bottles, cans, growlers, or crowlers
  • Mailing Address: 4849 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60630
  • Fax or Email form to: deadlines@tastings.com - 773-930-4598
  • Registration Fee: 45-Day Review: $150/beer.
    15-Day Priority Review: $300/beer.
  • Any questions? Call our office: 773-930-4080 or email us at: bti@tastings.com

Beer Category Schedule

Each month we feature a beer campaign to showcase different categories. Below is our full beer schedule for the year. Please refer to the schedule for our deadlines and our out-of-schedule deadlines.


All products must be registered by the 1st and received by the 15th.
Your entries qualify your brands for our annual Best of Category, Best Lager, Best Ale, and Best Beer awards.


  • January 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Jan. 15

    Release date: Feb 15

    • All Lagers

    Pilsner • Pils • Pale Lager • Amber Lager • Munich- Helles • Dortmunder • Maibock, • Kellerbier • Zwickelbier

    • All Wheat Ales

    Hefeweizen • Dunkelweizen • Kristallweizen • Weizenbock • Berliner Weisse • Filtered & Unfiltered Wheat Ale • White/Wit Beer • Flavored Wheat Ales

    • Kolsch & Saison
    • Cider Summit Chicago-Early Bird Tasting
  • February 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Feb. 15

    Release date: Mar 15

    • Seasonal Debuts, New Brands & Fresh Cans
    • World Cider Championships®
  • March 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Mar. 15

    Release date: Apr 15

    • All IPAs
    • All Pale Ales

    English-Style • American-Style • Imperial • Belgian-Style • Unfiltered ̶ • Flavored IPA •Session-Pale Ale • Session IPA

    • All American-Style Ales
    • All English-Style Ales

    Amber • American Golden • Bitter • Special Bitter • ESB, American-Style Black • Mild • Cream • Irish- Style • Scottish-Style • English-Style • Brown

    • Great Lakes Beer Competition
  • April 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Apr. 15

    Release date: May 15

    • Private Label Beer Review
    • Hard Soda Shootout
    • All Gluten Free Lagers & Ales
    • New Releases/OOS
  • May 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline May. 15

    Release date: Jun 15

    • All Sour Ales
    • All Fruit Beers

    Fruit Ale • Fruit Lager • Lambic • Gueuze • Faro • Sour Ale • Wild Ale • Flemish-Style Ales • Kriek • All Sour and brett-influenced beers

    • All Belgian-Style Ales

    Belgian-Style Amber Ale • Belgian-Style Strong Ale • Belgian-Style Blond Ale • Belgian-Style Specialty Ale • Flemish-Style Brown Ale • Flemish-Style • Red Ale •Trappist or Abbey Dubbel • Trappistide or Abbey Singel • Trappist or Abbey Tripel • Biere de Garde

    • Kettle Sours & Gose
  • June 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline June 15

    Release date: Jul 15

    • Growler & Crowler Rumble
    • New Releases/OOS
  • July 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline July 15

    Release date: Aug 15

    • All Fall Lagers

    Dunkel • Dark Lager • Bock • Doppelbock • Eisbock • Black • Schwartz Beer • Imperial Pilsner • Oktoberfest • Märzen • Vienna-Style Lager • Strong Lager • Rauchbier • Smoked

    • World Cider Championships®
  • August 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Aug. 15

    Release date: Sept 15

    • Seasonal Debuts, New Brands & Fresh Cans
  • September 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Sep. 15

    Release date: Oct 15

    • All Stouts & Porters

    Regular • Robust Imperial • Flavored • Black & Tan • Smoked Porters; Dry • Sweet • Flavored, Imperial • Oatmeal • Export • Milk Stouts

  • October 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Oct. 15

    Release date: Nov 15

    • Collaboration Competition
    • New Releases/OOS
  • November 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Nov. 15

    Release date: Dec 15 2020

    •All Strong & Winter/Seasonal Ales
    •Celebrity Sips: Beer
  • December 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Dec. 15

    Release date: Jan 15 2020

    •Packaging Competition

    Bottle, Label • Gift Box • Case • Case Series • Cans • Carrier • Tap Handles • Accessories • Novelties • Glassware

    • New Releases/OOS

Terms of Use

By entering, you agree to abide by the terms of our competition rules and usage policy: http://trade.tastings.com/info/policy

Payments

Registration fee is $150 per beer, results will be released in 45 day from the deadline OR Priority Reviews for $300 per beer with a 15-day turnaround. We accept credit card, check or wire transfer payment. Checks should be made payable to Tastings.com. For wire transfer details contact: deb@tastings.com. Foreign wires require $30 fee payable in US Dollars. Any related shipping charges will be charged to credit card on file. Results will not be released until full payment is received.

Results Package

A copy of your results will be emailed to you. All reviews are published on individual product pages on Tastings.com for 3 years. Your entry agreement allows the right to feature the review on Tastings social media. Your package will contain free Point-Of-Sale and options to buy printed stickers and shelf-talkers. An option to license the Tastings logo for multi-country use, print, digital or TV media is also included.

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What is The World Beer Championships?

A consumer-focused competition devoted to finding and understanding great beers

The World Beer Championships, founded in 1994, is America's oldest international beer competition and is open to all commercially produced beers from around the world, regardless of US distribution. It is a medal-based competition that awards its medals based on the proprietary blind tasting methodology developed by the Beverage Testing Institute (BTI) and bands of the consumer accepted, 100-point quality rating scale.

Instead of trying to cram the tasting of hundreds or thousands of beers into a week, or even a weekend, like other beer competitions, the World Beer Championships reviews a different category of beer every other month and carefully blind tastes no more than thirty-five beers a day with a small cadre of experienced judges from the retail, on-premise, distribution, and importing trades—all certified by BTI. Beers are generally consistent, recipe-based products, unlike differing vintages of wine, so creating consistent and reliable reviews for consumers that clearly address this fundamental nature of beer is a primary goal of the World Beer Championships. In the World Beer Championships evaluation process, significant differences in a beer's score (particularly those placing a product into a different quality band) from previous year's score are reviewed by BTI's editorial tasting panel and stand if—having already eliminated the possibility of an obvious beer fault—backup samples reveal the same results as the initial panel tasting.

The World Beer Championships is not slavish to, or dogmatic about style distinctions and allows for the personal expression of a brewer's creativity within a conventional beer style. At the end of the day, a consumer cares about the taste and quality of a beer, not how well it conforms to a rigidly defined style parameter. Obviously a barleywine should not taste like a light beer, and any wide or questionable variations within a style are scored according to the flavor and appeal of the final results and duly referenced in the tasting note so that consumers can decide if such a variation is of interest to them.

Because of these proven methods, the results of World Beer Championships are far more consistent and meaningful to consumers than other competitions, where routinely a given product will earn a gold or silver medal one year and in the next it won't place, even in a field of nearly identical competition—a very confusing and nonsensical situation to present to consumers, be they novices or connoisseurs. Finally, unlike other competitions, the World Beer Championships regularly distributes its ongoing, bi-monthly results and reviews to consumers and trade through print, Internet, and broadcast media, ensuring that consumers have access to up-to-date, no-nonsense reviews for their important buying decisions.

Let the Tastings begin!

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