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Brewers Cup & Awards

April 10 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm

Celebrating the Art and Passion of Minnesota Craft Beer!

Join us for the Minnesota Brewers Cup, a state-wide competition for breweries to showcase their innovation and mastery of craft.

Winners will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 10, and receive special promotional opportunities.

Awards Ceremony Details to be Announced

  • Registration
  • Categories
  • Entry Requirements
  • Results and Awards
  • Sponsorships
  • 2019 Winners

Competition Registration

Registration is Closed

Price per entry: $40
Number of entries per brewery: 6 maximum
Registration period: January 16-February 14 (NO EXCEPTIONS)
Drop off period: March 16-18 (NO EXCEPTIONS; NO REFUNDS)

  • This competition is judged using the BJCP category guidelines by certified BJCP judges. Local judges employed by a brewery will be assigned to categories outside of any categories in which they entered beer.
  • All entries must be received at the drop off location by the deadline—no late entries will be accepted. 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.
  • 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.
  • Qualified judging of all entries is the primary goal of our event. Judges will evaluate and score each entry. The average of the scores will rank each entry in its category. Each flight will have at least one BJCP judge.
  • Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.
  • The competition committee reserves the right to combine overall style categories based on the number of entries. All possible effort will be made to combine similar styles. All brews in combined categories will be judged according to the style they were originally entered in.
  • The Best of Show judging will be determined by a Best of Show panel based on a second judging of the top winners.
  • Packaging will not be returned to entrants.

Register to Judge the Competition

Registration for competition judging will open soon.

  • Required: Previous experience judging professional beer competition; BJCP certification preferred
  • Registration does not guarantee you a spot as a judge.
  • The MNCBG will review all registrants and assign judges based on need. Not all registrants will be chosen to participate.

Categories + BJCP Guidelines

Please review the following categories and subcategories prior to submitting your beers. Submissions will be judged against BJCP style guidelines.

Major categories may be chosen as the medal categories, but the MNCBG will have discretion over final medal categories based on the number of entries received. If a category has too few entries, it will be placed within another category.

  1. Pale American Beer
    • American Light Lager
    • American Lager
    • Cream Ale
    • American Wheat Beer
    • Blonde Ale
  2. Pale European Beer
    • International Pale Lager
    • Munich Helles
    • Festbier
    • German Leichtbier
    • Kölsch
    • German Helles Exportbier
  3. Pilsner
    • Czech Pale Lager
    • Czech Premium Pale Lager
    • German Pils
    • Pre-Prohibition Lager
  4. Amber European Beer
    • International Amber Lager
    • Czech Amber Lager
    • Märzen
    • Vienna Lager
    • Altbier
  5. Dark European Lager
    • International Dark Lager
    • Czech Dark Lager
    • Munich Dunkel
    • Schwarzbier
  6. Strong European Lager
    • Helles Bock
    • Dunkles Bock
    • Doppelbock
    • Eisbock
    • Baltic Porter
  7. German Wheat Beer
    • Weissbier
    • Dunkles Weissbier
    • Weizenbock
    • Roggenbier
  8. Pale British Ale
    • Ordinary Bitter
    • Best Bitter
    • Strong Bitter
    • British Golden Ale
    • Australian Sparkling Ale
  9. Scottish & Irish Ale
    • Scottish Light
    • Scottish Heavy
    • Scottish Export
    • Irish Red Ale
  10. Pale Ales
    • American Pale ale
    • American Amber Ale
    • California Common
    • English IPA
  11. Brown ales
    • Dark Mild
    • British Brown Ale
    • London Brown Ale
    • American Brown Ale
  12. Stout
    • Irish Stout
    • Irish Extra Stout
    • Sweet Stout
    • Oatmeal Stout
    • Tropical Stout
    • Foreign Extra Stout
    • American Stout
  13. Porter
    • American Porter
    • Pre-Prohibition Porter
    • English Porter
  14. Imperial Stouts
    • Regular
    • Wood/barrel aged
  15. American IPA
    • Traditional, non-hazy
  16. New England IPA
  1. Double IPA
  2. Specialty IPA (all)
    • Session
    • Standard
    • Double
  3. Strong Ale
    • American Strong Ale
    • American Barleywine
    • Wheatwine
    • English Strong Ale
    • Old Ale
    • Wee Heavy
    • English Barleywine
  4. Saison
  5. Belgian Ale
    • Witbier
    • Belgian Pale Ale
    • Biere de Garde
    • Belgian Blond Ale
    • Trappist Single
  6. Strong Belgian Ale
    • Belgian Golden Strong Ale
    • Belgian Dubbel
    • Belgian Tripel
    • Belgian Dark Strong Ale
  7. Weird Wheat beers
    • Berliner Weisse
    • Gose
    • Lichtenhainer
    • Grodziskie
  8. Fruit Beer
    • Fruit Beer
      • Must specify base style and fruit in entry.
    • Fruit and Spice Beer
      • Must specify a base style and fruit/vegetables/spices/herbs used.
    • Specialty Fruit Beer
      • Must specify a base style, fruit used, and type of additional fermentable sugar or special process employed.
  9. Spiced Beer
    • Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
      • Must specify a base style and spices/herbs/vegetables used.
    • Autumn Seasonal Beer
      • Must specify a base style and spices/herbs/vegetables used; must contain spices and may contain vegetables and/or sugars.
    • Winter Seasonal Beer
      • Must specify a base style and spices/sugars/fruits or additional fermentables used.
  10. Smoke-Flavored & Wood-Aged Beer
    • Rauchbier
    • Classic Style Smoked Beer
      • Must specify type of wood or smoke (if smoke character is noticeable).
    • Specialty Smoked Beer
    • Wood-Aged Beer—Non-stout
      • Must specify base beer, type of wood or smoke (if smoke character is noticeable), and specify ingredients or processes that make this a specialty smoked beer.
    • Specialty Wood-Aged—Non-stout
      • Must specify the additional alcohol character, with information about the barrel if relevant, the base style, and if an unusual wood or ingredients were used, specify the sensory aspects of the ingredients.
  11. Wild Ales
    • European Sour Ale (all the category sans Berliner)
    • Brett Beer
      • Must specify a base style, if a 100% Brett fermentation was used, and may include the strain of Brettanomyces.
    • Mixed Ferm. Sour Beer
      • Must specify a description of the beer, identifying the yeast/bacteria used and either a base style or the ingredients/specs/target character of the beer.
  12. Soured Fruit Beer
    • Must specify the type of fruit/spice/herb wood used, the yeast/bacteria used, and either a base style or the ingredients/specs/target character of the beer.
  13. Specialty Beer
    • Alternative Grain Beer
    • Alternative Sugar Beer
    • Mixed-Style Beer
    • Experimental Beer
      • Must specify the special nature of the experimental beer, including the special ingredients or processes that make it not fit elsewhere in the guidelines.
    • Other Historical Beer
      • The entrant must either specify a style with a BJCP-supplied description or specify a different historical beer style that is not described elsewhere in the BJCP guidelines.

Entry and Drop-off Requirements

View full Entry and Drop-off Requirements on this page of the registration.

Each entrant is limited to 6 entries, and 1 entry per subcategory.

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: Submit 1 per entry. Please note that we suggest you do not enter growlers as it will be used for each round of judging and will lose carbonation/quality over time.

Additional vessels will not be accepted.

Results and Awards

Results and Awards

All results will be announced during the Awards Ceremony on Friday April 10, 2020 at the A’bulae in St. Paul. This is not a public event. Tickets are only available for MNCBG Brewery Members and Allied Trade Members. 

Tickets to attend the Awards Ceremony will be available on February 13, 2020. Members will receive an email with ticket information.

Award Categories:

First-place awards will be given at the ceremony, second and third place beers will also be acknowledged.  

  • Best beer in each category (chosen by judges)
  • Best Member Volunteer (chosen by Board of Directors)
  • Best Nonmember Volunteer (chosen by Board of Directors)
  • Outstanding Allied Trade Member (chosen by Board of Directors)
  • Other award categories TBD

Promotion of Winners

The winners will be announced in a press release, on the MNCBG website, 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 parcipate are based on the BA’s rules for exhibiting in the Guilds Pavilion and some breweries may not qualify.

Winners will receive POS graphics for marketing their awards.

2019 Winners

See the winners of the 2019 MN Brewers Cup, the Guild’s first state-wide professional brewers competition!

More than 500 beers from 80 Minnesota breweries were submitted to 24 beer categories. Beers were judged blindly by 30 BJCP certified beer judges.

Best in Show

1st Place: Utepils Brewing Company, Ewald the Golden
2nd Place: Canal Park Brewing Company’s Hank and Dabs Pale Ale
3rd Place: Three Twenty Brewing Co’s Happy Wife Porter

Light Lagers

1st Place: Unmapped, Purgatory Pils Czech Pilsner
2nd Place: Back Channel Brewing, Horny Sidekick
3rd Place: 56 Brewing, Pacifica Helles

Amber & Dark Lagers

1st Place: Beaver Island Brewing Company, Maibock
2nd Place: The Freehouse, No. 53 Honey Dunkel
3rd Place: Bauhaus Brew Labs, Stargrazer Black Lager

Wheat Beers

1st Place: Utepils Brewing Co., Ewald the Golden – Bavarian Style Hefeweizen
2nd Place: August Schell Brewing Company, Hefeweizen
3rd Place: Enki Brewing, Hootenanny Hefe Weiss

Golden/Blond Ales

1st Place: Utepils Brewing Co., Copacetic – Kolsch Style
2nd Place: Canal Park Brewing Company, Click Drag
3rd Place: 10K Brewing, Hummingbee

Amber/Red Ales

1st Place: Able Seedhouse & Brewery, Propers
2nd Place: Talking Waters Brewing Co., Zoomer Red (American Red)
3rd Place: Bent Paddle Brewing Co., 14° ESB

Pale Ales

1st Place: Canal Park Brewing Company, Hank and Dabs Pale Ale
2nd Place: Surly Brewing Co., Xtra Citra
3rd Place: Summit Brewing Company, Summit Extra Pale Ale

American IPAs

1st Place: Fulton Brewing, 300
2nd Place: Wooden Hill Brewing Company, Code 3 Juicy IPA
3rd Place: Bad Weather Brewing Company, Hopcromancer

Hazy IPAs

1st Place: Modist Brewing, Dreamyard IPA
2nd Place: Pryes Brewing Company, Mass Haze-Teria
3rd Place: Spilled Grain Brewhouse, Hipster Haze

American IPA Variations

1st Place: Voyageur Brewing, Sled Hound Session IPA
2nd Place: Spilled Grain Brewhouse, Grapefruit Highest Point IPA
3rd Place: Wild Mind Artisan Ales, Menacing Vibrations

American Double IPAs

1st Place: Lupulin Brewing Co., Blissful Ignorance
2nd Place: Venn Brewing Company, West Coast DIPA
3rd Place: Lupulin Brewing Co, Straight Hash Homie

Sour Barrel Aged Beers

1st Place: Fair State Brewing Cooperative, BFDP
2nd Place: Birch’s Lowertown, Oud Bruin
3rd Place: August Schell Brewing Company, 2019 Funk Junction

Non-Sour Barrel Aged Beers

1st Place: Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Double Shot Double Black
2nd Place: 10K Brewing, Wendigo (#Batch500)
3rd Place: Lupulin Brewing Co., Night Witch

Belgian Farmhouse

1st Place: 612Brew, Shoreline Saison
2nd Place: Unmapped Brewing CO., Saison Amelie – Petite Saison
3rd Place: Wooden Hill Brewing Company, French River Saison

Belgian Other

1st Place: Lakes and Legends Brewing Company, Barncat
2nd Place: Canal Park Brewing Company, Lone Trekker-Trappist Single
3rd Place: Bad Weather Brewing, Company, Sun Pillar

Experimental

1st Place: Sociable Cider Werks, Mead for Speed Mead Graff
2nd Place: Modist Brewing, First Call Cold Press Coffee Lager
3rd Place: 56 Brewing, Solarama Crush Honey IPA

Non-Sour Fruit & Spice Beers

1st Place: Venn Brewing Company, Breakfast Stout
2nd Place: Jack Pine Brewery, Vengeance Jalapeno Cream Ale
3rd Place: Talking Waters Brewing Co., Mango Wheat

Sour Fruit & Spice Beers

1st Place: August Schell Brewing Company, Binary Storm
2nd Place: Wild Mind Artisan Ales, Spontané Framboise
3rd Place: Venn Brewing Company, Triple Berry Kettle Sour

Brown Ales

1st Place: Revelation Ale Works, Double Brown Ale
2nd Place: The Freehouse, No. 3 English-Style Brown Ale
3rd Place: Three Twenty Brewing Co., Broken Timber American Brown Ale

Porters

1st Place: Three Twenty Brewing Co., Happy Wife Porter
2nd Place: Voyageur Brewing, Palisade Robust Porter
3rd Place: Urban Growler Brewing Company, De-Lovely Porter

Stouts

1st Place: Pryes Brewing Company, Dublin Dry Stout
2nd Place: Birch’s Lowertown, Vanilla Milk Stout
3rd Place: Pantown Brewing, Drop Forge Milk Stout

Imperial Stouts and Porters

1st Place: Back Channel Brewing, King of the Wring
2nd Place: Enki Brewing, Raven Russian Imperial Stout
3rd Place: Wayzata Brew Works, Puppies, Rainbows & Kitten Kisses

Non-Belgian Strong Ales

1st Place: Canal Park Brewing Company, Old Avalanche Barley Wine
2nd Place: Spilled Grain Brewhouse, False Hop American Wheatwine
3rd Place: Spilled Grain Brewhouse, Bearded Man Old Ale

Kettle & Simple Sours

1st Place: 56 Brewing, Raspberry Berliner
2nd Place: Revelation Ale Works, Smoothie Sour
*3rd Place removed due to miscategorization

Wild & Sour Ales

1st Place: Wild Mind Artisan Ales, Spontané
2nd Place: August Schell Brewing Company, Solar Evolution
3rd Place: Fair State Brewing Cooperative, LÄCTOBÄC

Member-Voted Awards

Most Innovative Brewery – Modist Brewing
Best Collaboration – Lupulin Brewing Co. and Mankato Brewing Company
Best Beer Art – Lupulin Brewing Company

Details

Date:
April 10
Time:
6:00 pm–10:00 pm

Venue

A’BULAE
255 6th St E
St Paul, MN 55101 United States