International Beer Challenge 2016

Rewarding Quality, Celebrating Excellence

Entry Deadlines

JAN 22 Entries Open 22 JANUARY 2016

MAY 27 Entries Deadline 27 MAY 2016

JUNE 17 Bottle Deadlines 17 JUNE 2016

JULY 21 Judging Begins 21 JULY 2016

Welcome to the 2011 International Spirits Challenge

Welcome to the International Beer Challenge 2016

For 20 years the International Beer Challenge has rewarded and promoted excellent beers from around the globe.

The whole rainbow of beer complexity enters the IBC, with entries received from no fewer than 30 countries, including acknowledged brewing heartlands and representations from advancing beer countries.

Judges include some of the shrewdest beer judges in the land – retailers, importers, publicans, brewers, writers and flavour analysts. Add in some highly experienced judges from continental Europe to make sure we have an even better spread of tasting experience.

Judges study each beer in turn, considering the appearance, the aroma, the taste and the finish, before discussing their findings with other table members and reaching a consensus on which medal to award. The level of knowledge and experience of the judges is striking and, for a beer to achieve any kind of medal from such exacting critics is a real achievement.

In 2015 awarding 210 bronze medals and 122 silver medals and 48 gold medals. Going beyond gold, the IBC also presents trophies for the best class winners and the Supreme Champion beer.

A separate panel of design experts also awarding 11 Bronze, 6 Silver and 6 Gold medals for the best in design and packaging and new in 2015, we awarded the brewers, retailers and importers who had performed the best across the board in the competition.

Click here to see a full list of 2016 medal winners.


Why Enter?

Why Enter?

Being part of the IBC carries a number of significant benefits. It acknowledges the skill of the brewer, and is an internationally recognised symbol of quality frequently displayed on bottle labels.

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Previous Winners

previous winners

The International Beer Challenge awards Gold, Silver & Bronze awards with the highest scoring beer in each of 7 categories being awarded the category trophy. From these beers a supreme champion will be selected.

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Entry Information

Enter the 2011 International Spirits Challenge

The IBC attracts a wide variety of entrants including brewers, shippers, importers, agents, independent retailers, retail chains, supermarkets and wholesalers.

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