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Competition Officials

  • Bob Davis — Head Steward (
  • Jon Sheehan — Judge Coordinator (
  • Neil Topliffe — Competition Coordinator (
  • Gene Wood — Registrar (

Registration Window

You will be able to register your personal information beginning Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 9:00 AM, PST through Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 12:00 PM, PDT.

Entry Window

You will be able to add your entries to the system beginning Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 9:00 AM, PST through Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 12:00 PM, PDT. Entries will be accepted at our shipping and drop-off locations during this window as well.

Entry Fees

$10.00 (USD) per entry.

Entry Limit

There is a limit of six hundred and fifty (650) entries for this competition.

Per Entrant Limits

Each entrant is limited to one (1) entry per sub-category .


After registering your personal information and adding your entries to the system, you must pay your entry fee(s). Accepted payment methods are:

  • Credit/debit card and e-check, via PayPal

Judging Locations and Dates

Off- site Prelim
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM, PDT

Prelim @ Faction Brewing 3/21 AM
2501 Monarch St., Alameda, CA 94501
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 10:00 AM, PDT

Prelim @ Faction Brewing 3/21 PM
2501 Monarch St., Alameda, CA 94501
Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM, PDT

Prelim @ Faction Bewing 3/28 AM
2501 Monarch St., Alameda, CA 94501
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 10:00 AM, PDT

Prelim @ Faction Bewing 3/28 PM
2501 Monarch St., Alameda, CA 94501
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 1:00 PM, PDT

Prelim @ Faction Brewing 3/29 AM
2501 Monarch St., Alameda, CA 94501
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 10:00 AM, PDT

Prelim @ Faction Brewing 3/29 PM
2501 Monarch St., Alameda, CA 94501
Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 1:00 PM, PDT

Final Judging & BOS @ Faction Brewing
2501 Monarch St., Alameda, CA 94501
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 10:00 AM, PDT

Categories Accepted: BJCP 2015

1A American Light Lager1B American Lager1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager3A Czech Pale Lager3B Czech Premimum Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager3D Czech Dark Lager4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier4C Helles Bock5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch5C German Exportbier5D German Pils
6A Marzen6B Rauchbier6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager7B Altbier7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel8B Schwarzbier9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock9C Baltic Porter10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier10C Weizenbock11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter11C Strong Bitter12A English Golden Ale
12B Australian Sparkling Ale12C English IPA13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale13C English Porter14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy14C Scottish Export15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout15C Irish Extra Stout16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout16C Tropical Stout16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A English Strong Ale17B Old Ale17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine18A Blonde Ale18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale19B California Common19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter20B American Stout20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA21B Specialty IPA22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale22C American Barleywine22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse23B Flanders Red Ale23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic23E Gueuze23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier24B Belgian Pale Ale24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale25B Saison25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single26B Belgian Dubbel26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale28A Brett Beer28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty Beer29A Fruit Beer29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Speciality Fruit Beer30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer31A Alternative Grain Beer31B Alternative Sugar Beer
32A Classic Style Smoked Beer32B Specialty Smoked Beer33A Wood-Aged Beer
33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer34A Clone Beer34B Mixed-Style Beer
34C Experimental Beer35A Kentucky Common 27B (Custom Style)36A Pre-Prohibition Porter 27G (Custom Style)
37A Gose 27A (Custom Style)38A Lichtenhainer 27C (Custom Style)39A London Brown Ale 27D (Custom Style)
40A Piwo Grodziskie 27 E (Custom Style)41A Pre-Prohibition Lager 27F (Custom Style)42A Roggenbier 27H (Custom Style)
43A Sahti 27I (Custom Style)44A Session IPA 21B (Custom Style)45A New England IPA 21B (Custom Style)
46A Brut IPA (Custom Style)47A New Zealand Pilsner (Custom Style) 

Bottle Acceptance Rules

Each entry will consist of  three,12 ounce capped bottles or corked bottles that are void of all identifying information, including labels and embossing. Printed caps are allowed, but must be blacked out completely.

12oz brown glass bottles are preferred; however, green and clear glass will be accepted. Swing top and 22 ounce bottles will not  be accepted.

Bottles will not be returned to contest entrants.

Completed entry forms must be submitted with all entries, and can be printed directly from this website. Entry forms should be attached to bottles with a rubber band only; glue and/or tape are unacceptable.

Please fill out the entry forms completely. Be meticulous about noting any special ingredients that must be specified. Failure to note such ingredients may impact the judges' scoring of your entry.

Brewers are not limited to one entry in each category but may only enter each subcategory once.

Shipping Location and Address

Oak Barrel Winecraft
1443 San Pablo Avenue , Berkeley, CA 94702

Packing and Shipping

Carefully pack your entries in a sturdy box. Line the inside of your carton with a plastic trash bag. Partition and pack each bottle with adequate packaging material. Please do not over pack!

Write clearly: "Fragile. This Side Up." on the package. Please refrain from using "messy" packaging materials such a Styrofoam "peanuts" or pellets; please use packaging material such as bubble wrap.

Enclose each of your bottle labels in a small zip-top bag before attaching to their respective bottles. This way it makes it possible for the organizer to identify specifically which entry has broken if there is damage during shipment.

Every reasonable effort will be made to contact entrants whose bottles have broken to make arrangements for sending replacement bottles.

If you live in the United States, please note that it is illegal to ship your entries via the United States Postal Service (USPS). Private shipping companies have the right to refuse your shipment if they are informed that the package contains glass and/or alcoholic beverages. Be aware that entries mailed internationally are often required by customs to have proper documentation. These entries might be opened and/or returned to the shipper by customs' officials at their discretion. It is solely the entrant's responsibility to follow all applicable laws and regulations.

Drop Off Locations

More Beer Concord
995 Detroit Ave. Unit G , Concord ,CA 94518

More Beer San Leandro
2315 Verna Ct. , San Leandro, CA 94577

Oak Barrel Winecraft
1443 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94702

Best of Show

The 2020 World Cup of Beer Best of Show winner will be honored with an engraved plaque on the Sierra Nevada World Cup Trophy on display at Oak Barrel in Berkeley.

The winner of Best Of Show will get to brew their winning beer at Faction Brewing. If the winning beer is a style that can't be produced by Faction, such as Lambic style beers, the winner will be asked to make a substitution.


The awards ceremony will take place once judging is completed.

Places will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category/table.

The 1st place entry in each category will advance to the Best of Show (BOS) round with a single, overall Best of Show beer selected.

Additional prizes may be awarded to those winners present at the awards ceremony at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Results will be posted to the competition web site after the ceremony concludes.

Scoresheets will all be available electronically within a few days following the awards ceremony.

Any ribbons not picked up at awards ceremony will be mailed to the winning contestant.

Award Ceremony

Faction Brewing
2501 Monarch St.,Alameda, CA 94501
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 3:00 PM, PDT

Circuit Qualification

World Cup is an MCAB qualifier for 2020.