Eligibility & Fees

Detailed registration for the 2018 competition coming soon.

World Beer StylesAll World Beer Cup entries must be commercially available, fermented malt beverages, conforming to the trade understanding of “beer”, brewed by a permitted commercial brewery. “Commercially available” means available for sale at retail at the time of registration. Entering U.S. breweries must have a current Brewers Notice on file with the TTB.

Breweries must meet each of the following conditions as of November 1, 2015:

  1. Your brewery is fully licensed for the manufacture and commercial sale of beer in your home country.
  2. Your brewery has a Brewers Notice on file with the TTB (Applies to U.S. breweries only).
  3. Your brewery is fully open and operating with all required permits.
  4. Your brewery has at least one beer that is commercially available for sale at retail.

Breweries in planning, homebrewers and other breweries not meeting these criteria are not eligible to enter.

If a brewery does not meet these eligibility requirements as of November 1, 2015 and registers for the World Beer Cup competition, that brewery is subject to disqualification without further notice and no refund of fees will be issued.

Beer Eligibility Criteria

All beers entered in the 2016 World Beer Cup must be commercially available for sale at retail on or before March 7, 2016.

All beer entries must possess the characteristics generally attributed to and conforming to consumer understanding of “beer.”

  • Meads, ciders, spirits, and flavored malt beverages including most shandies, kombuchas and radlers are not eligible to be entered in the GABF/WBC competition.
  • A minimum 51% of the fermentable carbohydrates must be derived from malted grains.
  • Competition beer entries must contain hops. Exceptions to this include gruit or other historical beer styles that traditionally use other herbs or spices, such as heather for example).
  • 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.

*Brewers Association retains sole discretion to determine eligibility for competition at the World Beer Cup.

For information on the Champion Brewery categories of the World Beer Cup, please visit the Champion Brewery Awards page.


Application Fee + 1st Entry: $160

Additional Entries: $160 Each

A non-refundable fee of $160 is due during the Brewery Application process (November 3 – November 17). This fee will cover your brewery’s first beer entry into the competition.

After the initial $160 application fee, the cost to participate is $160 per beer brand entered into the competition.

No refunds will be issued after February 5 for cancelled entries or beers that are not sent in for competition. The World Beer Cup does not offer credits for future competitions.