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Entry Registration & Fees

1. Entry Registration: All entry registration(s) and fee(s) must be received by Friday, August 9, 2019, by 4 p.m.

2. Entry Fees: Entry fees are $65.00 per entry. Payment must be made via PayPal, check, or money order. NO CASH ACCEPTED FOR ENTRIES. Do not send payments with entries. Payment must be received by August 9 per one of the following methods:

a. PayPal - Pay online after registering your entries at Additional PayPal processing fees may apply.

b. Check or money order payable to “California Craft Brewers Cup.” Mail must be postmarked no later than August 9, 2019. Mail to:

Sacramento Area Brewers Guild
ATTN: California Craft Beer Competition
2901 Douglas Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95661

3. Checks and money orders must be accompanied by a list of entry numbers for identification of the sender.
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4. Additional Information: Should there be any need for additional information not found in this guild, please email

5. Revisions: Guide is sent out in advance and therefore may be subject to revision or change.

6. Mailing List & Notification: Although we try to keep mailing lists current, we cannot be held responsible for any individual or company that is not notified or contacted.


BJCP 2015 Judging Styles

If a style's name is hyperlinked, it has specific entry requirements. Click or tap on the name to view the subcategory's requirements.

1A American Light Lager1B Standard American Lager1C American Style Malt Liquor
2A International Pale Lager2B International Amber Lager2C International Dark Lager
3A Pre-Prohibition Pilsner3B European-Style Pilsner3C German-Style Pilsner
4A Czech Pale Lager4B Czech Dark Lager5A Kellerbier or Zwickelbier
5B German Leichtbier5C European-Style Export/Dortmunder6A Munich-Style Helles
7A Vienna Lager7B Märzen/Oktoberfestbier8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier9A Helles Bock/Maibock9B Traditional German-Style Bock
10A Doppelbock10B Eisbock11A American-Style Cream Ale
12A Kölsch13A German-Style Altbier14A California Common
15A Baltic-Style Porter16A American-Style Wheat Beer17A Kristal Weizen
17B Hefeweizen17C Dunkelweizen17D Weizenbock
18A Berliner-Style Weisse 19A Leipzig-Style Gose 19B Contemporary Gose
20A Rye beer 20B German-Style Rye Ale21A Fruit beer
21B Fruit & Spice beer 22A Pumpkin Beer 23A Herb & Spice Beer
24A Coffee Beer 25A Chocolate Beer 26A Bamberg-Style Rauchbier
26B Smoked Porter26C Other Smoked Beer 27A Lichtenhainer
27B Grodziskie27C Adambier27D Kentucky Common
27E London Brown Ale27F Pre-Prohibition Porter27G Finnish-Style Sahti
28A Blonde or Golden Ale29A English-Style Mild Ale29B Ordinary Bitter
29C Special Bitter29D Extra Special Bitter30A English-Style Pale Ale
30B English-Style Brown Ale30C English-Style Porter/Brown Porter31A Wee Heavy/Scotch Ale
31B Old Ale31C English Barleywine31D Other British Strong Ales
32A Scottish Light32B Scottish Heavy32C Scottish Export
33A Irish Red Ale34A Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout35A Foreign Extra Stout
35B Oatmeal Stout36A Milk Stout/Cream Stout36B Tropical Stout
37A American Style Imperial Stout37B British Style Imperial Stout38A American Amber Ale
38B American Brown Ale39A American Porter39B Robust Porter
39C American Stout40A American Pale Ale41A English-Style India Pale Ale
42A American-Style India Pale Ale43A New England-Style IPA (Hazy IPA)44A Double IPA
44B Triple IPA45A Belgian IPA45B Black IPA
45C Brown IPA45D Red IPA45E Rye IPA
45F White IPA45G Brut IPA45H Other Specialty IPA
46A American Barleywine46B Wheatwine Ale46C Imperial Porter
46D Other American Strong Ales 47A Belgian-Style Witbier48A Classic Saison
49A Specialty Saison 50A Belgian Table Beer50B Belgian Blond Ale
50C Belgian Pale Ale50D Grisette50E Bière de Garde
50F Other Belgian/French-Style Ales 51A Belgian Pale Strong Ale51B Belgian Dark Strong Ale
51C Belgian Strong Specialty Ale 52A Trappist Blond/Single/Extra52B Trappist Dubbel
52C Trappist Tripel52D Trappist Quadrupel53A Oud Bruin
53B Flanders Red Ale53C Other Belgian-Style Sour Ale 54A Lambic
54B Gueuze54C Fruit Lambic 55A Brett Beer
55B Mixed Culture Beer 55C Wild Specialty Beer 56A Wood- and Barrel-Aged (stored in barrels previously containing wine, port, or sherry)
57A Wood- and Barrel-Aged (stored in barrels previously containing distilled spirits i.e. brandy, bourbon, etc) 58A Alternative Grain Beer 58B Alternative Sugar Beer
58C Honey Beer 59A Experimental Beer 60A Session Beer (beer less than or equal to 5% abv.)
61A Chili Beer   


Number of Bottles Required Per Entry: 4

Judging Session Locations and Dates

DBI Thursday Morning
Thursday, August 22, 2019 9:00 AM, PDT

DBI Thursday Afternoon
Thursday, August 22, 2019 12:30 PM, PDT

DBI Friday Morning
Friday, August 23, 2019 9:00 AM, PDT

DBI Friday Afternoon
Friday, August 23, 2019 12:30 PM, PDT

DBI Saturday Morning
Saturday, August 24, 2019 9:00 AM, PDT

DBI Saturday Afternon
Saturday, August 24, 2019 12:30 PM, PDT

DBI Sunday Morning
Sunday, August 25, 2019 9:00 AM, PDT

DBI Sunday Afternoon
Sunday, August 25, 2019 12:30 PM, PDT



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.

Both score sheets and awards will be posted to this website after the ceremony concludes. Results will be posted to this competition web site after the ceremony concludes.


Awards Ceremony

California Craft Beer Summit
Long Beach, CA
Thursday, September 12, 2019 7:00 PM, PDT