Registration opens for the 2024 International Brewing & Cider Awards

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Entries are now open for the 2024 International Brewing & Cider Awards. Brewers from all around the globe are encouraged to submit their finest beers into the world’s most historic international competition of its kind.

The International Brewing & Cider Awards, known as the ‘Oscars’ of the brewing world, is an unparalleled competition for brewers to have their products evaluated by a panel of commercially practicing brewers. Winners gain recognition on an international stage, showcasing their product as an outstanding example of its style.

Founded in 1886, the event has become a global celebration of excellence within the industry, attracting entries from all corners of the world – the 2021 Awards included entrants from Australia, China, Japan, Luxembourg, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, USA and the UK.

Brewers can submit their product into nine beer categories with 36 classes. The classes are differentiated by alcoholic strength to ensure every beer has a place in one of the broad categories, including innovative variations on style including: Sour Beer, Special Hop, and Strong Beer.

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For the first time in 137-years, the Awards, which will be held in March 2024 at Depot Mayfield, Manchester in the UK, will be accompanied by a public festival – International Brewing & Cider Festival. The festival will offer a rare opportunity for attendees to taste such a wide range of local, national and international products, including entered and award-winning beers from the Awards.

All brewers who enter the prestigious awards will be provided an opportunity to exhibit at the International Brewing & Cider Festival and promote their brand and tell their stories to thousands of beer enthusiasts.

Ruth Evans MBE, Director of the International Brewing & Cider Awards, said: “The International Brewing & Cider Awards first took place in 1886 and throughout this time the integrity, professionalism and judging standards of the Awards has been unswerving, and we continue to champion the very best of the international brewing world.

“Our competition has always been there to support the brewing industry on a not-for-profit basis and throughout our history, we have encouraged innovation and diversity within the industry. Our wide range of categories and classes are testament to our ethos of ensuring the best beers receive the recognition they truly deserve, whether they be large volume or special niche products of excellence.

“The 2024 Awards promise to be even more exciting than ever before with the introduction of a public festival, and we’re encouraging all brewers and cidermakers worldwide to enter their products as soon as they can, so they do not miss out on the chance to have their beer recognised as the best in the world.”

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Entries for the International Brewing & Cider Awards close on 1 February 2024. The judging process will take place on 19 – 21 March 2024 with the medal winners being announced on 22 March 2024, followed by the two-day International Brewing & Cider Festival.

For more information about the International Brewing & Cider Awards, including a list of categories and entry criteria, please visit the Brewing Awards website.

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