How to enter

2024 Canadian Brewing Awards



Registration Period: December 20, 2023 – February 1, 2024

Get started by heading over to If you are new to the competition, please register your brewery based on how you want the company and brand to be presented on your award and on our website.

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

Please label your beers before shipping them to ensure a smooth sorting process. On the Brewers Portal you will find 6 labels for each entry that you have purchased. We thank you for your cooperation.

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.

This year, Gold, Silver, and/or Bronze medalists will be announced at the Canadian Brewing Awards ceremony on May 25, 2024 in Hamilton, Ontario.

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. These tasting notes will be available directly inside the Brewers’ portal.

The Canadian Brewing Awards will issue refunds for entries until the central shipping deadline.

After the shipping deadline, breweries will receive credits for future competitions in the following cases:

  1. Non-delivery of Beer: If a submitted beer has proof of shipment but fails to reach the entries warehouse, the brewer will be eligible for credits.
  2. Early Entry Submission: Entries submitted within the first two weeks of the entry open period will be eligible for refunds if unused.


Our sorting facility will be open for receiving entries from February 1 – 14, 2024. The hours of operations are 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Entries that are dropped off or delivered after February 14 may be excluded from medal rounds. 

Canadian Brewing Awards
947 Burlington Street East, Unit 3
Hamilton, ON
L8L 4K6

**All entries not using the West or East Coast group shipping option must send their beer entries here**

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).

**ContainerWorld will be accepting shipments to their Kelowna warehouse until January 30. Do not ship your entries to their Richmond location. ContainerWorld cannot pick up entries from your brewery.


**Garrison Brewing is our consolidation partner for the east coast. They will be accepting shipments to their brewery until February 3. Garrison cannot pick up entries from your brewery.

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 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 discouraged. Companies 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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