How to enter

2023 Canadian Brewing Awards

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Register

The competition is open to all Canadian-owned commercial brewers and beer brands whose products are produced and packaged in Canada. All brands that are Canadian-made but not Canadian-owned will not be eligible for an Award. Beers submitted must currently be, have previously been, or will be, available for legal sale and consumption by the public. 

The Canadian Brewing Awards are sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program (“BJCP”).  Judging will be based on adherence to the published style guidelines. Consult the Style Guidelines on the Canadian Brewing Awards website to determine the appropriate category for each product submission.

Gold, Silver, and/or Bronze results will be announced at the Canadian Brewing Awards ceremony on June 3, 2023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Best of Show
Selected by competition Judges from the year’s Gold-earning beers.

Brewery of the Year
Breweries may select any 4 (four) beer/SKU entries to represent their brewery for the “Brewery of the Year” honour. The winner is determined from the combined score of only those four selected entries based on a scoring system of 5 points if a selected beer earns a Gold, 3 points for earning a Silver, and 1 point for earning a Bronze.

Following the Awards ceremony breweries will receive full judging notes, on each of their received submissions, emailed to the address used during competition registration.

Registration Period: January 7 – January 27, 2023
Entry Cost: $100

Go to new-entries.canadianbrewingawards.com to complete your entry registration form. Please ensure you complete the form based on how you want the company and brand names to appear on your award.

Starting in 2023, we are asking breweries to label their brews before submitting them for judging. This feature is available within the entries app, and will make it easier for us to keep track of every amazing entry. Thank you for your cooperation.

There are no limits to the number of beers/SKUs each brewery brand may enter.
Breweries may enter multiple different beers/SKUs into the same style category. However, the same beer/SKU cannot be entered into more than 1 (One) style category.

Style Guidelines

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Ship

**All brands not using, or missed, either Coast group shipping option must send their beer entries here**

Phyxiat Courier
Attention: Canadian Brewing Awards
2390 Cawthra Road, Unit 10
Mississauga, ON
L5A 2X1

Please download this Central identification document, fill in the information, and attach a physical copy to your shipping box(es).

ContainerWorld / Commercial Logistics – Kelowna
Attention: Canadian Brewing Awards
333 Penno Road
Kelowna, BC
V1X 7W5

Please download this West Coast identification document, fill in the information, and attach a physical copy to your shipping box(es).

Garrison Brewing Co.
Attention: Canadian Brewing Awards
1149 Marginal Road
Halifax, NS
B3H 4P7

Please download this East Coast identification document, fill in the information, and attach a physical copy to your shipping box(es).

Shipping Checklist

  1. Send 6 (Six) bottles/cans of each beer brand/SKU entered.  Bottles and Cans do not require professional artwork or a professional label — Hand-written identifiers are acceptable. The Canadian Brewing Awards will not accept beer in keg format. Growlers and Howlers are discouragedCompanies submitting non-pasteurized products are encouraged to ship using overnight delivery (not for Saturday or Sunday delivery). Samples will be kept in proper refrigeration prior to judging.
  2. Ensure all beers are packed tightly in shipping boxes to avoid breakage. We strongly suggest you wrap each bottle securely in bubble wrap. Presume your beer will not be treated as Fragile or kept the correct way facing up within the postal system. All beers received will be refrigerated for the competition. You may ship multiple entries together. However, please separate the entry samples by category within the package and label accordingly.
  3. Ensure all boxes are labeled with COMPANY NAME, PRODUCT NAME, QUANTITY, and STYLE CATEGORY NUMBER. (downloadable shipping identification document in section below). 

NOTE: We ask for multiple bottles/cans of your products for two reasons: Firstly, to ensure if your beer advances to further rounds, which often happen a day or two later,  there are still fresh samples available for judging. Secondly, in the event that breakage, spillage, or spoilage occurs, we avoid the delay waiting for shipments of replacement products.

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