All World Beer Cup entries must be commercially available, fermented malt beverages conforming to the trade understanding of “beer” (see “Beer Eligibility Criteria” section below) brewed by a permitted commercial brewery.
“Commercially available” means available for sale at retail at the time of registration. Entering United States breweries must have a current Brewer’s Notice on file with the U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
Beer entries that contain any substances not authorized for use in human food, or which are made with ingredients that contain such substances, or which are made in contact with materials not authorized as food contact materials, all in accordance with the United States federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act as interpreted and administered by U.S. FDA are not eligible to compete in the World Beer Cup.
New, beginning in 2022: Beer entries that do not comply with the Brewers Association Advertising & Marketing Code will be disqualified from the competition and will not be refunded for competition fees.
Beer entries the that win an award must comply with the Brewers Association Advertising & Marketing Code if they wish to promote the win utilizing World Beer Cup intellectual property (i.e. World Beer Cup logo and name)
The cost to participate is $180 per beer.
REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds will be issued after the cancellation deadline for cancelled entries or beers that are not sent in for competition. The World Beer Cup does not offer credits for future competitions.