MN BREWERS CUP

Celebrating the Art and Passion of Minnesota Craft Brewing!

The MN Brewers Cup is the state-wide, blind taste-test competition for Minnesota breweries and brewpubs! First held in 2019, this event showcases the innovation and mastery of the craft of brewing in our state.

Beers are organized into categories based on style, and entries are judged based on how well each submission represents the standards of its style. The top three are announced at an industry-only awards ceremony.

Member-voted awards are also announced at the awards ceremony. These awards are voted on by fellow members of the Guild.

See previous winners here:
2023 MN Brewers Cup Winners
2021 MN Brewers Cup Winners

2024 COMPETITION DETAILS

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

2024 Entry Registration is now closed.
Entries were accepted between December 7, 2023 and February 4, 2024. Thank you to all who registered!

Entry Drop-Off Period:

Tuesday, March 5 – Thursday, March 7
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!

Please plan to bring your entries as early as possible to avoid lines. Each year, we get many entries in the afternoon of the last day, which causes longer wait times for everybody. Drop-offs in mornings and earlier in the week are just a few minutes, while the afternoon of the last day can be over an hour.

Notes for the 2024 Competition:

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

The Winning Brews:

The winners of the top 3 entries 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.

AWARDS CEREMONY DETAILS

Friday, March 22, 2024
6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
The Royal Sonesta Minneapolis Downtown
Note: Like last year, 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 The Royal Sonesta Minneapolis Downtown; tickets are sold separately.

The MN Brewers Cup competition results will be announced during the Awards Ceremony as we also enjoy dinner and dessert in the Royal Sonesta Minneapolis Downtown ballroom. Visit our 2023 MN Brewers Cup Awards Facebook album for pictures from our last event!

This is a private event for MNCBG members only.

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Ceremony Timeline

MN Brewers Cup Awards Ceremony Schedule

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

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

Member-Voted Awards - VOTE BY MARCH 15

Member-Voted Awards

In addition to recognizing quality brews, the awards ceremony is intended to celebrate the industry in Minnesota and recognize those who contribute to the high standards we hold in the state. These additional awards are voted on by fellow members of the industry and/or the Board of Directors.

  • Most Innovative BreweryThe MNCBG member brewery or brewpub that has shown originality and creativity in its products, branding, marketing, community engagement, or other factors you value to the craft beer industry.
  • Best Art/Design – The MNCBG member brewery or brewpub that epitomizes excellence in art and design. Consider the visual appeal of their branding, logo, website, packaging, and social imagery.
  • Best Collaboration – Two or more MNCBG member breweries or brewpubs and the name of their collaboration beer. You can vote based on beer quality, the approach the businesses took with the collaboration, or any other factor you deem valuable.
  • Best Member Volunteer – A staff member at an MNCBG member brewery or brewpub who you feel has gone above and beyond in helping advance the Minnesota craft brewing industry this year.
  • Outstanding Allied Trade Member – The Allied Trade Member business that you consider to be outstanding in terms of industry impact and service.

Voting will close on March 15. Every MNCBG member staff can vote 1 time for these awards.

Event Emcees: Black Brewers Podcast

Black Brewers PodcastWe are so excited to welcome Anthony, Greg, and Quan of the Black Brewers Podcast to emcee the MN Brewers Cup Awards Ceremony!

In 2023, Anthony and Phill of the BBP emceed the awards ceremony, and they did such a great job and we received so many positive comments about their presenting and energy that we asked if their team could return this year.

The BBP are, “Friends of the same mind working in the beer industry who came together like voltron.”  Since 2021, the BBP has been discussing the beer industry in Minnesota and nationally.

The hosts also have hands-on experience and insight into brewing through their work at member businesses: Anthony at Arbeiter Brewing and Wooden Ship Brewing Company, Greg at Modist Brewing, and Quan at 56 Brewing. We are honored and excited for them to take the stage in our biggest industry event of the year!

Hotel & Room Block Information - DEADLINE: February 21

The awards ceremony will be held at the Royal Sonesta Minneapolis Downtown at 35 S 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402.

Booking a Room
Attendees are welcome to book anywhere that is most convenient. The Royal Sonesta is 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.  

Rooms at the Royal Sonesta are $129+ tax for the night of Friday, March 22, for single or double occupancy. Please mention the group name, “Minnesota Craft Brewers Guild,” to receive the discounted rate.

>> Book Your Hotel (the link will bring you to a page with the group code already applied)
Reservation Due Date: 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 (the “reservation due date”).

Trouble booking your hotel? Email MNCBG Events Coordinator Lindsey Darling at lindsey@mncraftbrew.org.

Parking & Transportation Information

Please note: There is a Timberwolves game at 7:00 p.m. at Target Center on the same day as the Conference and Awards, so transportation options will be particularly busy that afternoon and evening. Please plan accordingly.

Parking at the Royal Sonesta
Overnight Self Parking is available for $32 per night or Valet is available for $54 per night. Both options include in and out privileges. Daily rates may be slightly cheaper and are charged hourly, but they do not include in and out privileges. Find more information on the hotel’s website.

Nearby Parking in Downtown Minneapolis
Click here to see an interactive parking map of the area.

Additional Transportation Options
The Royal Sonesta is in downtown Minneapolis and therefore is accessible by numerous transportation methods.

  • Bus/MetroTransit: The Royal Sonesta is a block away from the Nicollet Mall & 7th St stop, which is a stop on many of the major bus routes, including the C and D lines. Visit the MetroTransit site to plan your route.
  • Ride-Share Services: The hotel is easily accessible for ride-share services like Uber and Lyft, and there are typically plenty around.
  • Walking/Skyway: If you are staying a a nearby hotel, you can also walk to the hotel on the street or via the Minneapolis skyway system (here is a map of all hotels connected to the skyway); just be aware that the skyway does close as early as 6pm on Fridays.

Thank you to our MN Brewers Cup Awards sponsors and partners!