Calendar of Events

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2020 NC Brewers Cup Competition
8/11/2020 - 8/16/2020

Registration has Closed for this event.

8/12/2020 - 8/16/2020
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BrewSmart DURM: Technical Brewing
8/27/2020 - 8/27/2020

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Events in the month of August 2019
8/15/2019 - 8/18/2019

The NC Brewers' Cup is the official craft beer competition of North Carolina.  ALL North Carolina commercial brewers are invited to participate in this BJCP sanctioned beer competition, sponsored by Pro Refrigeration, Inc. and administered by the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild.

Online registration is required and will be open through August 9, 2019.
All entries must be received at Pro Refrigeration, Inc. during the drop-off period:  August 15th & 16th, 2019.

  1. Entrant must be the producer of the beer.
  2. Only federally and NC ABC permitted North Carolina breweries may enter the competition.
  3. Entries must be registered in North Carolina, and have a NC-approved label.
  4. All entries (bottles/cans/crowlers/growlers) must include a Entry Identification Label and a No-Charge Donation invoice (these will be auto-generated from your online registration)
  5. Online registration is required prior to dropping off/shipping your entry.
  6. Beers are judged according to style guidelines for the subcategory as listed by the entrant.
  7. Entrants must submit two (2) containers (cans/bottles/crowlers/growlers) of each entry for the commercial competition. 
  8. Entry fees are $30 per beer entry. Credit card payment is collected during the online registration process. 

  • A minimum of one Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judge and one professional beer judge will evaluate all entries. 
  • All entries will be judged blind based on the subcategory.
  • Entries will be judged according to the 2015 version of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) style guidelines at
  • Entries will be accepted for the 34 BJCP categories listed in the judging section. Meads and ciders will not be accepted/judged in the competition. 
  • Entries will also be accepted for a new 2019 category: "NC Home-Grown Beer" - 55% of the beer's dry-weight ingredients are sourced from North Carolina.

  • Medals (gold, silver, bronze) will be awarded to the top 3 winners of each category. If warranted, a honorable mention in the category will additionally be recognized, but does not receive a medal.
  • The NC Brewers Cup trophy will be awarded to the overall competition Best in Show winner.
  • All awards will be presented to winners at the NC Industry Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 6th in Winston-Salem during the NC Craft Brewers Conference.
  • Winners may be displayed at the NC State Fair Our State Public House.

If you have any questions, please contact:
Lisa M. Parker | Associate Director
North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild
c. 919.951.8588

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8/26/2019 - 8/27/2019
Join us in the Queen City for our final BrewSmart of the year, with a focus on sales & marketing. We've got you covered on the latest trends in craft beverage marketing and marketing in the 21st century to the metrics you should be using to set your sales team up for success and how to work with your distributor and/or sales team to increase your brand reach.

Scheduled sessions:

  • Crush Your Next Beer Release or Pre-Sale
    • John Kelley, CraftPeak
  • Fantastic Sales and Where to Find Them
    • Aaron Gore, Carolina Beer Temple
  • Lunch & Learn Sales Panel
    • moderated by Aaron Gore
  • What A Distributor Looks For in a Craft Beer Brand
    • Ed Johnston, Tryon Distributing
  • Marketing & Packaging Tricks for Maintaining Market Share
    • Ross Clodfelter, Device Creative
    • Shane Cranford, Device Creative
  • Advertising Legal Considerations that Every Brewery Should Know
    • Todd Hess, Barnwell Whale Patterson & Helms, PLLC
  • Website + Social Media 201
    • Stephanie Hudson, Sweet Tea
    • Rich Owings, SEO Educator

In Charlotte on Monday?

CLT Town Hall Brewers Gathering at Free Range Brewing
Monday, August 26
5pm - 7pm
Join us for a beer and hear about the Guild's legislative progress & upcoming agenda.

Need a hotel room? Book through our room block at the Hyatt Place here to receive a special discount rate or call them direct at (800) 993-4751 and use the code G-NCBE.

** Please note that this event is open to all breweries and brewery staff, regardless of Guild membership. Allied trade vendors must be a member of the NC Craft Brewers Guild in order to participate. If you have any questions, please contact **

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