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Account Registration

You can create your account today through Saturday, July 31, 2021 12:00 AM, PDT.

Judges and stewards may register now through Sunday, August 8, 2021 12:00 AM, PDT.

Entry Registration

You can add your entries to the system today through Friday, July 30, 2021 12:00 AM, PDT.


Entry Fees

$65.00 (USD) per entry.


CCBC Styles Accepted

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
27A1 Gose27A2 Piwo Grodziskie27A3 Lichtenhainer
27A4 Roggenbier27A5 Sahti27A6 Kentucky Common
27A7 Pre-Prohibition Lager27A8 Pre-Prohibition Porter27B 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)


Pay Entry Fees

After creating your account and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Check, made out to Sacramento Area Brewers Guild
  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal


Entry Acceptance Rules

Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 4

Hard seltzer and kombucha will not count toward Brewery of the Year and are not eligible for Best of Show.

The following outlines rules & requirements for participation in the California Craft Brewers Cup. Failure to comply with any of these requirements may result in disqualification.

  1. Brewers must be:
  • Official residents of California
  • The brewery must hold a valid commercial brewing license, and
  • Brewers must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Persons submitting entry must have a direct association with the brewing of the entry, being a brewer, owner, or management. Distributors are not considered directly related to the production of beer and may only submit entries in the names of their clients, with their clients’ approval.
  • Contract brews may only be entered by the brewery which produced them.
  • Entrants or their qualified representative may participate in the judging on any panel they are not entered.

Eligible: At least 51% of the fermentable carbohydrates must be derived from malted grains. 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. Not eligible: Mead, cider, spirits, and most shandies and radlers are not eligible to be entered into the competition. No single brewing location nor a group that owns multiple breweries may enter more than a total of 20 beers combined. A beer brand may not be renamed and entered into multiple categories, however the same beer brand can be entered into multiple categories. A separate entry fee must be paid for each additional category entered, and the minimum bottle, can, crowler, growler, or keg requirements still apply. Also, you must not exceed the 20 maximum total entry limit. Entries may be bottled, canned, in crowlers, in growlers or kegged in either Cornelius or Sankey kegs. Do not remove any commercial bottle labels. Do not black out any commercial or identifying designs or text on caps of entries. This facilitates the Cellar. Attach bottle labels to kegs in a secure manner allowing them to be easily read by competition officials so that appropriate code numbers can be placed on the keg. Shipping tape appears to have worked well. It helps to put them in plastic baggies also. Attach the bottle labels from the competition website (copies are OK) to each bottle with CLEAR packaging tape. NO RUBBER BANDS. Place bottle label on kegs so it may be easily read when processed. (Plastic bags may be used to keep forms dry.) An official entry shall consist of one of the following:

  • Four (4) 12/16/20 oz. bottles or cans
  • Four (4) 22/24 oz. bottles or cans
  • One (1) 5 gallon Cornelius or Sankey keg not to exceed 7.5 gallons
  • Four (4) 32 oz. or greater crowlers
  • Two (2) 64 oz. growlers

All judging will be done with panels combining qualified judges and commercial brewing peers. Brewers or judges may not judge on panels in which they have a conflict of interest. At least one judge who has been certified by the Beer Judge Certification Program will sit on each judging panel. Beers will be disqualified for entry requirement infractions. These beers will be judged and will receive evaluations but will be ineligible for awards. All beers will be decanted prior to presentation to the judges. Kegs will be served off 5’ quarter inch tubing at 10 psi. Brewers are required to use online registration and payment at Please include a summary of your entries with your shipment packaging or delivery. This can be printed from the online entry submission software. No late entries will be accepted. By submitting an entry to this competition, the entrant:

  • Asserts that they have legal title to submit the entry.
  • Asserts the beer was brewed in the State and for commercial sale in the State of 
  • Agrees to provide proof of such availability upon request.
  • Agrees to abide by the herein-stated policy on use of any awards or certificates in advertising.
  • All brewers that have entered the competition are invited and encouraged to participate in the awards presentation.

The only allowable use of awards and certificates given by the California Craft Brewers Cup for advertising/marketing purposes shall be as follows:

  1. Any advertising use must clearly state the name and year of the competition.
  2. Must clearly state the level and category of award.
  3. The phrase “Best Beer in California” shall not be used in conjunction with any awards made by this competition.
  4. The CCBC logo may not be altered in any way (i.e. changes to color, modifying text)

Failure to comply with these guidelines will be a basis for revocation of award or certificates by organizers and the publication of such revocations to the general public.


Drop-Off Location

Entry bottles accepted at our drop-off locations from Monday, July 26, 2021 12:00 AM, PDT through Tuesday, August 3, 2021 12:00 AM, PDT.

Please pay attention to the notes provided for each drop-off location. There could be earlier deadlines for some drop-off locations listed, particular hours when entries are accepted, certain individuals to leave your entries with, etc. All entrants are responsible for reading the information provided by the organizers for each drop-off location.

Fort Rock Brewing
12401 Folsom Blvd #110, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
(916) 520-4677


Shipping Info

Entry bottles accepted at our shipping location from Monday, July 26, 2021 12:00 AM, PDT through Tuesday, August 3, 2021 12:00 AM, PDT.

Ship entries to:

Fort Rock Brewing
12401 Folsom Blvd #110, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: Fragile. This Side Up. on the package. Please only use bubble wrap as your packing material.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.


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

Sacramento, CA
Friday, August 20, 2021 12:00 AM, PDT