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Members Only: MN Brewers Cup & Awards

April 20, 2023 @ 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.


Visit the competition website for all details, rules, and registration. 

Entry Registration Period – REGISTRATION IS CLOSED:
February 9 – March 24

Entry Drop Off Period:

Tuesday, April 11 – Thursday, April 13
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Pryes Brewing Company, 1401 West River Rd N, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Entries CANNOT be shipped to this location or dropped off outside the designated dates and times!

New This Year:

  • The competition will use 2021 BJCP Guidelines.
  • The competition will include NA and Hard Seltzer categories.
  • No THC beverages will be judged.


Thursday, April 20, 2023
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
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 tickets page.

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 SOLD OUT. We hope to see you at our next event!


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 were 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 closed on April 14. Any MNCBG Member staff could vote 1 time for these awards.


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.


Hotel Room Block for MN Brewers Conference and MN Brewers Cup Awards Ceremony

The Guild’s room block closed in mid-March. Members who purchased within the block will be staying at the Hyatt Place in Downtown St. Paul, which is less than a block from Union Depot—St. Paul.

Attendees are welcome to book anywhere that is most convenient. Union Depot—St. Paul is a stop on the Metro Transit Green Line and within blocks of multiple bus stops, and it is easily accessible for ride-share services like Uber and Lyft. Please book as soon as possible to ensure you have a place to stay.


Transportation & Registration


Attendees are welcome to park in lots B, C, or D at Union Depot. (Parking Lot A is reserved for exhibitors, staff, and volunteers.) Parking in any of these three lots will have you enter Union Depot at the Concourse/Waiting Room, right by Check-In.

All parking is first-come, first-serve. You will receive a ticket when you enter the lot, and you will pay by cash or credit card at the exit. For pricing and lot maps, please see the Union Depot parking page.

Street parking is also available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Walking or Public Transportation

Union Depot—St. Paul is a stop on the Metro Transit Green Line and within blocks of multiple bus stops, and it is easily accessible for ride-share services like Uber and Lyft. All of these options will have you enter at the North Plaza.

Entering from the plaza will bring you into the Head House (where the Exhibitor Hall will be during the Conference). To get to Check-In, walk through the Head House (towards the left of the restaurant) and into the Concourse to Check-In.

Through the Skyway

If you are using the Saint Paul skyway system, you will enter Union Depot on the main level right next to the Lowertown Bike Shop. As you walk, you will be entering the Head House. To get to Check-In, walk through the Head House, then take a right into the Concourse to Check-In.

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.


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors



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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