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
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)
Registration for competition judging will open soon.
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.
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:
Additional vessels will not be accepted.
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.
First-place awards will be given at the ceremony, second and third place beers will also be acknowledged.
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.
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.
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
1st Place: Unmapped, Purgatory Pils Czech Pilsner
2nd Place: Back Channel Brewing, Horny Sidekick
3rd Place: 56 Brewing, Pacifica Helles
1st Place: Beaver Island Brewing Company, Maibock
2nd Place: The Freehouse, No. 53 Honey Dunkel
3rd Place: Bauhaus Brew Labs, Stargrazer Black Lager
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
1st Place: Utepils Brewing Co., Copacetic – Kolsch Style
2nd Place: Canal Park Brewing Company, Click Drag
3rd Place: 10K Brewing, Hummingbee
1st Place: Able Seedhouse & Brewery, Propers
2nd Place: Talking Waters Brewing Co., Zoomer Red (American Red)
3rd Place: Bent Paddle Brewing Co., 14° ESB
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
1st Place: Fulton Brewing, 300
2nd Place: Wooden Hill Brewing Company, Code 3 Juicy IPA
3rd Place: Bad Weather Brewing Company, Hopcromancer
1st Place: Modist Brewing, Dreamyard IPA
2nd Place: Pryes Brewing Company, Mass Haze-Teria
3rd Place: Spilled Grain Brewhouse, Hipster Haze
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
1st Place: Lupulin Brewing Co., Blissful Ignorance
2nd Place: Venn Brewing Company, West Coast DIPA
3rd Place: Lupulin Brewing Co, Straight Hash Homie
1st Place: Fair State Brewing Cooperative, BFDP
2nd Place: Birch’s Lowertown, Oud Bruin
3rd Place: August Schell Brewing Company, 2019 Funk Junction
1st Place: Bent Paddle Brewing Co., Double Shot Double Black
2nd Place: 10K Brewing, Wendigo (#Batch500)
3rd Place: Lupulin Brewing Co., Night Witch
1st Place: 612Brew, Shoreline Saison
2nd Place: Unmapped Brewing CO., Saison Amelie – Petite Saison
3rd Place: Wooden Hill Brewing Company, French River Saison
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
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
1st Place: Venn Brewing Company, Breakfast Stout
2nd Place: Jack Pine Brewery, Vengeance Jalapeno Cream Ale
3rd Place: Talking Waters Brewing Co., Mango Wheat
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
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
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
1st Place: Pryes Brewing Company, Dublin Dry Stout
2nd Place: Birch’s Lowertown, Vanilla Milk Stout
3rd Place: Pantown Brewing, Drop Forge Milk Stout
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
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
1st Place: 56 Brewing, Raspberry Berliner
2nd Place: Revelation Ale Works, Smoothie Sour
*3rd Place removed due to miscategorization
1st Place: Wild Mind Artisan Ales, Spontané
2nd Place: August Schell Brewing Company, Solar Evolution
3rd Place: Fair State Brewing Cooperative, LÄCTOBÄC
Most Innovative Brewery – Modist Brewing
Best Collaboration – Lupulin Brewing Co. and Mankato Brewing Company
Best Beer Art – Lupulin Brewing Company