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 to enter our reviews. Enter Today!

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  • Fax or Email form to: deadlines@tastings.com - 773-930-4598
  • Enclose payment: 45-Day Review: $150/beer.
    15-Business Day Priority Review: $300/beer.
  • Any questions? Call our office: 773-930-4080

Beer Category Schedule

Every month we feature a beer campaign to showcase different categories. Below is our full schedule for your beer submissions throughout the year. You can also enter ANY beer style at ANYTIME outside of this schedule to receive your review in 45 days with the regular review option or 15 days with the Priority Review option.


All products must be registered by the 1st and shipped by the 15th.


  • January 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Jan. 15

    Best Spring Lager Competition

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

  • February 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Feb. 15

    Best Kölsch Competition   &   Best Alt Competition   &   Best Saison Competition
  • March 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Mar. 15

    Best IPA Competition   &   Best Pale Ale Competition

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

  • April 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Apr. 15

    Best Wheat Ale Competition   &   World Cider Championships® Best Year-Round Cider

    Hefeweizen • Dunkel Weizen • Kristall Weizen • Weizen Bock • Berliner Weisse • Filtered & Unfiltered Wheat Ale • White/Wit Beer • Flavored Wheat Ales
    Common Cider • Perry • English Cider • French Cider • New England Cider • Fruit Cider & Specialty Cider

  • May 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline May 15

    Best Sour Ale Competition   &   Best Fruit Beer Competition

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

  • June 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Jun. 15

    Best American-Style Ale Competition   &   Best English-Style Ale Competition

    Ales: Amber • American Golden • Bitter • Special Bitter • ESB • IPA • American Style Pale • British-Style Pale • American-Style Black • Mild • Cream • Irish-Style • Scottish-Style • English-Style • Brown • American-Style Brown • Imperial IPA

    No Stout or Porter Styles

  • July 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Jul. 15

    Best Belgian-Style Ale Competition   &   Best Pumpkin Beer Competition

    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 • Trappist or Abbey Singel • Trappist or Abbey Tripel • Biere de Garde • All Pumpkin Beers

  • August 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Aug. 15

    Best Fall Lager Competition   &   World Cider Championships® Best Seasonal Cider Competition

    Dunkel • Dark Lager • Bock • Doppelbock • Eisbock • Black Lager • Schwartz Bier • Imperial Pilsner • Oktoberfest • Märzen • Vienna-Style Lager • Strong Lager • Rauchbier • Smoked Lager• Malt Liquor
    Common Cider • Perry • English Cider • French Cider • New England Cider • Fruit Cider & Specialty Cider

  • September 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Sep. 15

    Best Barrel-Aged Ale   &   Best Gluten-Free Beer   &   Best Specialty Malt Beer   &   Best Specialty Hop Beer   &   Best Hybrid-Style Beer

    Wood & Barrel-Aged • Single Hop • Dry-Hopped • Wet Hop • Unique Yeast • Unusual Fermentation • Alternative Grain • Hybrid • Vintage Ales and Verticals • Gluten-Free • Smoked Ale

  • October 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Oct. 15

    Best Barley Wine Competition   &   Best Winter Ale Competition

    Strong Ale • Winter/Xmas Ale • Barley Wine

  • November 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Nov. 15

    Best Stout Competition   &   Best Porter Competition

    Dry Stout • Sweet Stout • Flavored Stout • Imperial Stout • Oatmeal Stout • American-Style Stout • Export-Style Stout • Regular Porter • Robust Porter •Imperial Porter • Flavored Porter • Smoked Porter • Black & Tan

  • December 1st

    Registration Deadline


    Sample Deadline Dec. 15

    Beer Packaging Competition

    Categories: Bottles • Labels • Gift Boxes • Cases • Cans • Carriers • Tap Handles • Accessories


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

Enclose $150 per each beer for a 45 day from the deadline review turnaround OR $300 per beer for a 15 day turnaround Priority Review. We accept credit card, check or wire transfer payment. Checks should be payable to Tastings.com. Wire transfers: 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 both postal mailed and emailed to the entrant. All reviews are published on individual product pages on Tastings.com up to 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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