Entry into the 2024 International Brewing & Cider Awards is now open to brewers and cidermakers from Australia and around the world.
First held in 1886 and now contested every two years, brewers can submit product into nine beer categories with 36 classes while there are three cider categories with 15 classes. The classes are differentiated by alcoholic strength to ensure every beer and cider has a place in one of the broad categories, including innovative variations on style including: Sour Beer, Special Hop and Spanish Style Cider.
In 2021, the last time the awards were staged, a cider from Sidewood Estate winery in the Adelaide Hills ranked as the world’s best in its class while BentSpoke Brewing, Brick Lane Brewing and Lion all snared multiple beer category medals.
For the first time in 137-years, the awards (which will be held in March next year in Manchester) will be accompanied by a public festival – the International Brewing & Cider Festival – and will showcase one of the UK’s most extensive collections of international beers and ciders. All brewers and cidermakers who enter the awards will be provided an opportunity to exhibit at the festival.
Director of the International Brewing & Cider Awards Ruth Evans MBE said: “The International Brewing & Cider Awards first took place in 1886 and throughout this time the integrity, professionalism and judging standards of the Awards has been unswerving, and we continue to champion the very best of the international brewing and cidermaking world.
“Throughout our history, we have encouraged innovation and diversity within the industry, and our wide range of categories and classes are testament to our ethos of ensuring the best beers and ciders receive the recognition they truly deserve, whether they be large volume or special niche products of excellence.
“The 2024 Awards promise to be even more exciting than ever before with the introduction of a public festival, and we’re encouraging all brewers and cidermakers worldwide to enter their products as soon as they can, so they do not miss out on the chance to have their beer and cider recognised as the best in the world.”
Entries for the International Brewing & Cider Awards close on 1 February 2024. The judging process will take place on 19 – 21 March 2024 with the medal winners being announced on 22 March 2024, followed by the two-day International Brewing & Cider Festival.
For more information about the International Brewing & Cider Awards, including a list of categories and entry criteria, visit: brewingawards.org