The Craft Beer Association (CBA) will hold "The Asia Beer Cup 2017" (ABC2017) in Tokyo on 8th-9th of April, 2017.


 

Mission

The mission of the ABC is to create greater consumer awareness and to encourage development around the Asia and Oceania about the quality and diversity by the various beers available. The ABC, which started in 1998 and has been held every year since, is the most historical competition in the Asia.

Traditionally, this competition has been named "The Japan Beer Cup" and registered by only Japanese breweries. As we see the expansion of Asia/Japanese craft beer market by quality and diversity, we started to open doors to beers and breweries in the Asia and Oceania.

In 2016, the competition was held in Tokyo. 38 judges from 11 countries evaluated 282 beers of various beer styles from 7 countries. You can find the results here.

 

The difference from "The International Beer Cup" is in the group of judging beers with 12 beer categories. The qualified judges giving out gold, silver, and bronze awards for the beers which satisfy not only the requirements from the "Beer Style Guideline" with 106 beer styles but also the comprehensive evaluation such as balance, drinkability and overall impression.

It makes the medals more valuable and capable of effectively appealing to the consumers.

 

The Asia Beer Cup 2017 is expecting more than 300 beers from 10 countries and will be judged by more than 40 judges from 10 countries.

The winners will be announced on Saturday, 3rd of June at the Great Japan Beer Festival Tokyo 2017 at "The Garden Hall" in the Yebisu Garden Place, Tokyo.

(Award winners will be announced immediately after judging.)

 

The Craft Beer Association, which was founded in 1994 by Ryouji Oda, is an independent organization based in Nishinomiya city, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, with 22 years of experience in organizing successful beer competitions, events and seminars.

 

Competition Details

[Schedule]

* Beer Registration

16th of January - 21st of March, 2017

 

* Beer Arrival

27th - 31st of March, 2017

at CBA warehouse, Tokyo

 

* Judging

8th - 9th of April, 2017

at "The Garden Room" in Yebisu Garden Place, Tokyo

 

* Award Winner announce (without color of medals)

It will be announced immediately after judging on CBA Web-site, http://beertaster.org/

 

* Award Ceremony

3rd of June, 2017

at the Great Japan Beer Festival Tokyo 2017

(at "The Garden Hall" in the Yebisu Garden Place, Tokyo)

 

[Organizer]

"The Asia Beer Cup 2017" Exective Committee

The Craft Beer Association

 

Judging Method

1. A judge team is composed of 5 to 7 judges. The qualifications of judges of "The Asia Beer Cup" are one of following.

....a. Member of The Craftbeer Association who are certified as "Beer Judge".

....b. Brewer who is currently working for a brewery and have brewing experience for more than 3 years.(The brewer cannot judge the category which includes their beer.)

....c. International judge who have judging experience of WBC, IBA(formally BIIA), AIBA or EBS.

....d. Person who is certified as having same skill of above "a", "b" or "c" by The Craftbeer Association.

 

2. The judges judge the beers using a blind test with only a number of the samples. The name and brand of the beers are hiddin for the judges.

 

3. The judges taste the samples individually, then the judges have a discussion.

 

4. The judges use the "Beer Style Guideline 1601" as a standard of the competition. The beers which does not conform to the guideline, or has a off flavor for the style are excluded.

 

5. The judges make decisions of the color of the medals for each category with evaluating the appearance, flavor and balance of the beers which passes the 1st step using the standard. Gold, Silver or Bronze medals of a category is generally given only for 1 beer. The case of "not applicable" is possible. The standards for the color of the medals are following.

...."Gold". The beer which completely follows the Beer Style Guideline and has the world no.1 class appearance, aroma and flavor.

...."Silver". The beer which highly follows the Beer Style Guideline and has the outstanding appearance, aroma and flavor.

...."Bronze". The beer which follows the Beer Style Guideline and has the excellent appearance, aroma and flavor.

 

Judges

   
Please click here for judge list

 

Beer Registration (Bottle / Can beers)

Brewery and Beer Eligibility:

The Brewery must be fully licensed for the manufacture and commercial sales of beers. Breweries in planning and home brewers are not eligible to register. Beer registered in the ABC must be brewed and commercially available in Asia and Oceania.

Registration is available online from 16th of January 2017.

 

[Registration Form]

To register please complete our online registration by selecting following URL:

Please register from this FORM.

*Please see the "Beer Style" for registration on the guideline on following URL.

Beer Style Guideline 1601 (Category List)

*If you can not register from online form, please see this page.

 

Registration will be closed on 21st of March 2017.

 

[Fees]

The cost to participate in the competition is 17,000 JPY per one bottle or can beer entry.

*Payment deadline: 24th of March 2017.

 

[Notice]

Number of entries per brewery: Not limited

Number of samples per 1 entry for the completion: 6 bottles/cans per 1 entry.

Judging samples must be arrived at the CBA's refrigerated warehouse in Tokyo between 21st and 27th of March except Judge's hand-carry on 8th of April.

 

[Transportation]

For transportation of registered beers (Bottle/Can), CBA offers 4 options as below.

You will receive the "General Shipping Information" after the registration for further details.

1.CBA-DHL Service:

The organizer will provide the special account number after your payment.

Please contact your local DHL office with the account number, and arrange transportation to the CBA's refrigerated warehouse.

Transportation cost is shown above per 1 entry (including of all import costs/duties)(6 bottles/cans per 1 entry are required).

Payment method should be made to the CBA together with beer registration fees.

* Note: CBA-DHL service is not allowed China, please choice "2. By our arrangements".

* Note: CBA-DHL service is only for bottle/can beer.

-Transportation cost is 18,000 JPY (including of all import costs/duties) per 1 entry as Area 1 (South Korea and Taiwan)

-Transportation cost is 22,000 JPY (including of all import costs/duties) per 1 entry as Area 2 (Asia except South Korea and Taiwan)

-Transportation cost is 26,000 JPY (including of all import costs/duties) per 1 entry as Area 3 (Oceania and India)

-Transportation cost is 35,000 JPY (including of all import costs/duties) per 1 entry as Area 4 (EU Countries)

-Transportation cost is 45,000 JPY (including of all import costs/duties) per 1 entry as Area 5 (Other area except above)

 

2.CBA-Yamato Service (for USA only):

The organizer will provide the special account number after your payment.

Please contact your local DHL office with the account number, and arrange transportation to the CBA's refrigerated warehouse.

Transportation cost is shown below per 6 bottles registration which is including of all import costs/duties from Yamato office in Los Angeles to the CBA's refrigerated warehouse.

Payment method should be made to the CBA together with beer registration fees.

* Note: CBA-Yamato service is only from USA.

* Note: This cost does not include the transportation fee from your brewery to Yamato office in Los Angeles.

-Transportation cost is 18,000 JPY per 1 entry(including of all import costs/duties)(6 bottles/cans per 1 entry are required).

 

3.By your arrangements

* You shall make your own transportation arrangements to CBA's refrigerated warehouse.

* You should understand you need to pay local Japan importation tax as well as transportation fees.

 

4.By your hand carry

* You will bring yourself on 8th of April if you will be a member of judge at ABC2017.

 

Beer Registration (Keg beers)

Brewery and Beer Eligibility:

The Brewery must be fully licensed for the manufacture and commercial sales of beers. Breweries in planning and home brewers are not eligible to register. Beer registered in the ABC must be brewed and commercially available in Asia and Oceania.

Registration is available online from 16th of January 2017.

 

[Registration Form]

To register please complete our online registration by selecting following URL:

Please register from this FORM.

*Please see the "Beer Style" for registration on the guideline on following URL.

Beer Style Guideline 1601 (Category List)

*If you can not register from online form, please see this page.

 

Registration will be closed on 21st of March 2017.

 

[Fees]

The cost to participate in the competition is 19,000 JPY per one bottle or can beer entry.

*Payment deadline: 24th of March 2017.

 

[Notice]

Number of entries per brewery: Not limited

Mimimum amount of beers per 1 entry(1 keg) for the completion: 2 liters per 1 entry(1 keg).

Judging samples must be arrived at the CBA's refrigerated warehouse in Tokyo between 21st and 27th of March except Judge's hand-carry on 8th of April.

You have to send a coupler to dispense your beer if the coupler of your keg is not the "S(Asahi) type " or "Kirin type"

 

[Transportation]

For transportation of registered beers (Bottle/Can), CBA offers 2 options as below.

You will receive the "General Shipping Information" after the registration for further details.

(Unfortunately we cannot become a consignee for the kegs because of the regulation by Japanese government. We apologize for the inconvenience)

3.By your arrangements

* You shall make your own transportation arrangements to CBA's refrigerated warehouse.

* You should understand you need to pay local Japan importation tax as well as transportation fees.

 

4.By your hand carry

* You will bring yourself on 8th of April if you will be a member of judge at ABC2017.

 

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Contact

If you have any question, please contact to

The Craftbeer Association the "ABC2017" team by email.

info@craftbeerassociation.jp

Competition Outline


[Schedule]
* Beer Registration

16th of January - 21st of March, 2017


* Judging
8th - 9th of April, 2017


* Award Ceremony
3rd of June, 2017
at the Great Japan Beer Festival Tokyo 2017

(Award Winners will be announced immediately after judging
on CBA Web-site, http://beertaster.org/
*without color of medals)

The Asia Beer Cup

 

 

The Asia Beer Cup

 

 

The Asia Beer Cup

 

 

The Asia Beer Cup

 

 

The Asia Beer Cup

 

 

The Asia Beer Cup

 

 

The Asia Beer Cup