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Members Only: MN Brewers Cup & Awards

April 20 @ 6:30 pm10:00 pm

Celebrating the Art and Passion of Minnesota Craft Brewing!

The Minnesota Brewers Cup is a state-wide competition for breweries and brewpubs to showcase their innovation and mastery of craft. Winners will be announced during the private Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 20 (the evening after the MN Brewers Conference) and will receive special promotional opportunities.


The MN Brewers Cup Competition will be held in April 2023. Competition registration will open February 9. See below for details on registration, drop-off, and entry requirements.


Registration will open February 9 at the registration website: brewedinmn.com
Drop off period: April 11-13; location TBD.

  • NEW THIS YEAR: The competition will include two NA categories as well as a Hard Seltzer category.
  • Entries will be judged based on their adherence to BJCP category guidelines.
  • All entries must be received at the drop-off location by the deadline. Drop-off information will be sent privately to all registered participants. No refunds will be given for entries not received. The competition organizers are not responsible for miscategorized entries, entries that are not received by the entry deadline, or entries that arrived damaged. Packaging will not be returned to entrants.
  • The competition organizers reserve the right to combine styles for judging and to restructure awards as needed depending upon the quantity and quality of entries.
  • Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Every judging pair will have at least one BJCP-certified judge; all judges will have sensory training.
  • The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.

View full Entry and Drop-off Requirements on the registration website.

Each entrant is limited to 6 entries total.

We will require the following number of vessels per container type:

  • 12/16oz cans or bottles: Submit 3 per entry
  • 750 ml bottle: Submit 2 per entry
  • Crowlers/Howlers/Growlettes (750ml): Submit 2 per entry
  • Growlers: NOT ACCEPTED.

Additional vessels will not be accepted.


Thursday, April 20, 2023
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM CST
Union Depot—St. Paul
Note: For the first time, the MN Brewers Cup Awards Ceremony (evening) will be held the same day as the MN Brewers Conference (daytime). Both events will take place at Union Depot—St. Paul; tickets to each event are sold separately, but both can be purchased at the link below.

The MN Brewers Cup competition results will be announced during the Awards Ceremony as we also enjoy dinner and dessert in the Union Depot—St. Paul ballroom.

See the 2021 MN Brewers Cup Award Winners on our website, and visit our 2021 MN Brewers Cup Awards Facebook album for pictures from our last event!

This is a private event for MNCBG members only. Tickets are on sale now!

Are you interested in sponsorship opportunities for the MN Brewers Cup Awards Ceremony? Please see our 2023 MNCBG Sponsorship Form. Custom partnerships are also available.


MN Brewers Cup Awards Ceremony Schedule

6:30 – 7 p.m.: Brewers Cup check-in & Cocktail reception
7:00 p.m.: Dinner service
7:30 p.m.: Award Ceremony begins
8:30 p.m.: Dessert service
9:30 p.m.: Last Call/Bar Close
10:00 p.m.: Event ends

First-place award trophies will be given at the ceremony along with a certificate; second and third place winners will also be announced and will be able to receive a certificate at the conclusion of the ceremony.


Member-Voted Awards

Additional awards will be voted on by membership and/or the Board of Directors, including:

  • Best Art/Design
  • Best Collaboration
  • Most Innovative Brewery
  • Best Member Volunteer
  • Outstanding Allied Trade Member

Voting for these awards will take place prior to the Awards Ceremony; member main contacts will be provided more information on voting.


Promotion of Winners

The winners of the top 3 beers in each category will be announced at the awards ceremony and put on the MNCBG website, and all winners will be sent graphics and a marketing packet to help promote their achievement.

All first-place winners in each category will be announced in a press release, highlighted on the Guild’s social media, and promoted at the Minnesota State Fair. Up to 10 awardees may be asked to participate in the Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild GABF space in Denver, Colorado. Requirements to participate are based on the BA’s rules for exhibiting in the Guilds Pavilion and some breweries may not qualify.


These sponsors and Allied Trade Members make the MN Brewers Cup Competition and Awards possible. Thank you!


Union Depot—St. Paul
214 4th Street East
Saint Paul, 55101
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