The Craft Beer Association (CBA) will hold "The International Beer Cup 2020" (IBC2020) in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan on 31st of October - 1st of November, 2020.


 

Mission

The mission of the IBC is to create greater consumer awareness around the world about the quality and diversity by the various beers of the world.

Traditionally, most of beers in the competition have been registered by Japanese breweries. As we see expansion of Asia/Japanese craft beer market by quality and diversity, we started to open doors to beers and breweries outside Japan in recent years.

In 2019, 90 judges from 25 countries/regions have evaluated 1000 beers of eligible beer styles from 24 countries. You can find the result below.

2019 Winners List (Gold/Silver/Bronze Medals)

2019 Winners List (Category Champions)


 

With this global competition, we creates greater consumer awareness about differences and qualities by qualified judges to panel with gold, silver, and bronze awards in 122 beer styles.

In this year, the IBC2019 will be expected more than 500 beers. and will be judged by more than 60 Japanese judges overcoming the difficult situations with COVID-19.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, 3rd of November on this Web-site.

 

The Craft Beer Association, which was founded in 1994 by Ryouji Oda, is an independent organization based in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, with 26 years of experience in organizing successful beer competitions, events and seminars.

 

Competition Schedule

[Schedule]

* Beer Registration

6th of October - 19th of October, 2020

*Registration fee payment deadline : 23rd of October, 2020

 

* Beer Arrival

22nd - 26th of October, 2020

at CBA office, Tokyo

 

* Judging

31st of October - 1st of November, 2020

at Kanagawa Roudou Plaza, Yokohama City

 

* Award Winner announce (with color of medals)

It will be announced on Tuesday, 3rd of November on this Web-site

Competition Organizer

International Beer Cup"The International Beer Cup 2020" Exective Committee

Craft Beer AssociationThe Craft Beer Association

 

 Chairperson : Yusuke Yamamoto (Director General, The Craft Beer Association)

 Competition Adviser : Isao Tamura

 Competition Manager : Satoshi Murabayashi

 Competition Manager : Tetsuya Kojima

 Chief Judge : Masa Kaji

 Chief Steward : Yuji Tsuji

 

Judging Method

1. A judge team is composed of 5 to 7 judges. The qualifications of judges of "The International 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 style 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 similer 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 hidden for the judges.

 

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

 

4. The judges use the "Beer Style Guideline 2004" 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 style 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 style 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.

 

6. The judges make decisions of the "Category Champions" from "Gold" winning beers for 12 categories which is composed of several styles with the comprehensive evaluation such as balance, drinkability, overall impression and additional components.


 

7. Entrants of the IBC2020 will receive

 ...Certification Sheet and Medal (Gold / Silver / Bronze medal winners only)

 ...Certification Sheet (Category Champions only)

 ...Judging report with summary of the result for each entries.

 ...Comment sheets from each judges for each entries.

   (generally 5 or 6 judges, at least 3 judges)

 

Judges

   The judges list will be announced soon.

 

Beer Registration and Shipping

   Please see this page.

   Registration is available online until 19th of October, 2020

 

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Contact

If you have any question, please contact to

The Craftbeer Association the "IBC2020" team by email.

info@craftbeerassociation.jp

Competition Schedule


* Beer Registration

6th of October - 19th of October, 2020


* Beer Arrival
22th - 26th of October, 2020


* Judging
31st of October - 1st of November, 2020


* Award Winner announce
(with color of medals)
3rd of November, 2020
on this Web-site.

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