The following information provides details about brewery eligibility and important guidelines for the 2023 competition. Please take a moment to review each section thoroughly.
Beer Entry Fees
|Competition Entry Fee||Pricing|
|BA Member||$175 per beer|
|Non-Member||$405 per beer|
How many beers can I enter in the competition?
Each brewery is expected to be allowed to enter up to a maximum of 5 beers into the competition, based on availability (in other words, this cap could increase or decrease based on brewery interest for the competition).
Please note: our goal is to accommodate as many breweries as possible in an effort to host a robust competition; if demand for the competition exceeds capacity, breweries with a higher number of entries may be asked to reduce their entry count. Alternatively, if there is additional available competition space after registration closes on June 21, we may allow breweries to enter more beers, beyond the original entry cap.
No single brewing location is allowed to enter more than the designated maximum number of competition beer entries determined.
Groups that own multiple breweries/have multiple locations will not be limited to an entry cap (subject to change, based on availability).
The number of brewery applications by a multiple-location group may not exceed the total number of physical brewing locations in that group.
See Brewery of the Year to help you determine how your brewery should be entered.
Can I enter one beer into multiple categories?
Nope, each beer brand may be entered only once. Just pick the best category for that beer.
- A beer brand may not be renamed and entered in multiple categories
- Beer brands produced at multiple locations may not be entered by more than ONE brewery. This includes brands made at various locations within a chain of stores or breweries, by breweries with related names or aligned marketing strategies, or by multiple breweries that have collaborated on a brand.
Can I enter two or more beers into the same category?
Is my brewery eligible?
Breweries must meet ALL THREE of the following conditions as of June 13, 2023. Breweries not meeting these criteria, homebrewers, and breweries in planning (i.e. not open, operational, or meeting the criteria below) as of this date are not eligible to enter.
- Brewery must be fully licensed to both produce AND sell beer in the U.S.
- Brewery must have a Basic Permit/Brewers Notice on file with the TTB (U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau).
- Brewery must be currently open and operating with at least one beer that is currently commercially available for sale at retail to the public (e.g. taproom, bar, restaurant, retail store).
Breweries not meeting all criteria above and that register for the Great American Beer Festival and/or competition are subject to disqualification without further notice or refund of registration/entry fees.
What if my beers are contract brewed by another brewery?
If you own the rights to a brand, but your beer is produced by another brewery, you are still eligible to enter the GABF. The brewery producing your beers must meet the brewery eligibility requirements above. Enter the beers under the name of your brand, not the name of the brewery at which your beers are produced.
Enter the TTB Basic Permit/Brewers Notice number of the brewery producing the beer on your registration entry. Any award won by a contract brand is property of the winning contract brewery which owns the brand, not the brewery producing the beer.
Are my beers eligible?
A full refund of competition entry fees is given only in the event that your brewery cancels by July 21, 2023.
No refunds will be given for beers or badges that are canceled after this date. This includes instances where beers are not shipped for competition and beers that are not received by the shipping deadline for judging. It is the brewery’s responsibility to track their shipments to ensure arrival in a timely manner.
All regulatory and financial burdens associated with submitting and sending samples to the Great American Beer Festival are the sole responsibility of the entering brewery. In the event the competition is canceled the Brewers Association will only refund breweries their competition entry fees. The Brewers Association is unable to reimburse or pay for competition entry shipping fees. Any shipments sent as “C.O.D” will be refused upon arrival.