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Entry Registration & Fees

1. Entry Registration: All entry registration(s) and fee(s) must be received by Friday, July 30 , 2021.

2. Entry Fees: Entry fees are $65.00 per entry until June 30, 2021, 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 August 9 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 “California Craft Brewers Cup.” Mail must be postmarked no later than July 30, 2021. Mail to:

Sacramento Area Brewers Guild
ATTN: California Craft Beer Competition
2901 Douglas Blvd.
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.


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1A American Light Lager1B Standard American Lager1C American Style Malt Liquor
2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager2C International Dark Lager
3A Pre-Prohibition Pilsner3B European-Style Pilsner3C German-Style Pilsner
4A Czech Pale Lager4B Czech Dark Lager5A Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
5B German Leichtbier5C European-Style Export/Dortmunder6A Munich-Style Helles
7A Vienna Lager7B Märzen/Oktoberfestbier8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier9A Helles Bock/Maibock9B Traditional German-Style Bock
10A Doppelbock10A Weissbier10B Eisbock
11A American-Style Cream Ale12A Kölsch13A German-Style Altbier
14A California Common15A Baltic-Style Porter16A American-Style Wheat Beer
17A Kristal Weizen17A1 Burton Ale17B Hefeweizen
17C Dunkelweizen17D Weizenbock18A Berliner-Style Weisse
19A Leipzig-Style Gose 19B Contemporary Gose 20A Rye beer
20B German-Style Rye Ale21A Fruit Wheat beer 21B Fruit & Spice beer
21B1 Belgian IPA 21B2 Black IPA 21B7 New England IPA
22A Pumpkin Beer 23A Herb & Spice Beer 24A Honey Beer
25A Coffee Beer 26A Chocolate Beer 27A Bamberg-Style Rauchbier
27A6 Kentucky Common27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27B Smoked Porter
27C Other Smoked Beer 28A Lichtenhainer28B Grodziskie
28C Adambier28D Kentucky Common28E London Brown Ale
28F Pre-Prohibition Porter28G Finnish-Style Sahti29B Blonde or Golden Ale
30A English-Style Mild Ale30B Ordinary Bitter30C Special Bitter
30D Extra Special Bitter31A English-Style Pale Ale31B English-Style Brown Ale
31C English-Style Porter/Brown Porter32A Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale32B Old Ale
32C English Barleywine32D Other British Strong Ales33A Scottish Light
33B Scottish Heavy33C Scottish Export34A Irish Red Ale
35A Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout36A Foreign Extra Stout36B Oatmeal Stout
37A Sweet Stout37B Milk Stout/Cream Stout37C Tropical Stout
38A American Style Imperial Stout38B British Style Imperial Stout39A American Amber Ale
39B American Brown Ale40A American Porter40B Robust Porter
40C American Stout41A American Pale Ale42A English-Style India Pale Ale
43A American-Style India Pale Ale44A New England-Style IPA (Hazy IPA)45A Double IPA
45B Triple IPA46A Belgian IPA46B Black IPA
46C Brown IPA46D Red IPA46E Rye IPA
46F White IPA47A American Barleywine47B Wheatwine Ale
47C Imperial Porter47D Other American Strong Ales48A Belgian-Style Witbier
49A Classic Saison50A Specialty Saison 51A Belgian Table Beer
51B Belgian Blond Ale51C Belgian Pale Ale51D Grisette
51E Bière de Garde51F Other Belgian/French-Style Ales 52A Belgian Pale Strong Ale
52B Belgian Dark Strong Ale52C Belgian Strong Specialty Ale 53A Trappist Blond/Single/Extra
53B Trappist Dubbel53C Trappist Tripel53D Trappist Quadrupel
54A Oud Bruin54B Flanders Red Ale54C Other Belgian-Style Sour Ale
55A Lambic55B Gueuze55C Fruit Lambic
56A Brett Beer 56B Mixed Culture Beer 56C Wild Specialty Beer
57A Wood- and Barrel-Aged (stored in barrels previously containing wine, port, or sherry) 58A Wood- and Barrel-Aged (stored in barrels previously containing distilled spirits i.e. brandy, bourbon, etc) 59A Alternative Grain Beer
59B Alternative Sugar Beer 60A Experimental Beer 61A Session Beer (beer less than or equal to 5% abv.)
62A Chili Beer 63A Hard Seltzer (Custom Style) 64A Hard Kombucha (Custom Style)
65A Specialty IPA - other (Custom Style)   


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 4

Judging Sessions and Dates

Monday Morning
Monday, August 9, 2021 9:00 AM, PDT

Monday Afternoon
Monday, August 9, 2021 1:00 PM, PDT

Tuesday Morning
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 9:00 AM, PDT

Tuesday Afternoon
Tuesday, August 10, 2021 1:00 PM, PDT

Wednesday Morning
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 9:00 AM, PDT

Wednesday Afternoon
Wednesday, August 11, 2021 1:00 PM, PDT

Thursday Morning
Thursday, August 12, 2021 9:00 AM, PDT

Thursday Afternoon
Thursday, August 12, 2021 1:00 PM, PDT

Friday Morning
Friday, August 13, 2021 9:00 AM, PDT

Friday Afternoon
Friday, August 13, 2021 1:00 PM, PDT


Best of Show

California Craft Brewers Cup Best of Show: Awarded to the brewery with the highest-rated beer, overall

Brewery of the Year shall be determined by the following medal point totals: 

          Gold = 8 pts.                  Silver = 4 pts.                  Bronze = 2 pts. 

In case of a tie, Brewery of the Year will be determined by the strength (number of entries) of the category the beer was entered. 





The California Craft Beer Competition 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: 

  • California Craft Brewers Cup 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

Sheraton Grand
Sacramento, CA
Friday, August 27, 2021 5:00 PM, PDT