LA International Beer Competition

L.A. International Beer Competition

Setting the Gold Standard

Welcome to the Los Angeles International Beer Competition. Since introducing a beer competition in 2000, each year an esteemed panel of judges use a blind-tasting method to award medals to the best beers from around the world, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

2020 Competition Dates

April 18 - 19, 2020



Upcoming Events

2020 Deadlines:

Early Bird - March 13

Entry Deadline - March 27



News & Publicity

About Los Angeles International Beer Competition

Information: The Los Angeles International Beer Competition recognizes the finest in beers. Celebrating its 20th year, our event rivals other contests with an esteemed judging panel, an exciting tasting event held in the summer and a comprehensive public education program during the LA County Fair.

The beer competition partners with the renowned wine, spirits and extra virgin olive oil competitions each year. For 80 years, our competitions have showcased the finest vintages, distilled beverages and extra virgin olive oils from countries throughout the world, and illustrated time and time again why the Los Angeles International Competitions are considered the most prestigious. Our rich history is a strong foundation upon which we are building with greater consumer outreach. We look forward to your participation in this great event.

The Los Angeles County Fair Association guarantees greater exposure for the winning entries offering consumers access to some of the world's finest brews.

General Requirements: Open to any licensed brewery or brewpub. All beers entered must be available for sale to the general public. Beers may be entered only by a representative of the brewery.

Entry Requirements: Entries may be submitted in bottles, cans, or kegs with a minimum of either six (6) bottles of less than 22 oz. or four (4) bottles of 22 oz. or more; or one keg with an American Sanke fitting. Each beer may be entered in only one category. Breweries may enter as many entries as they desire.

Schedule:
Beers Received: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm; Tuesday, April 7, 2020 - Friday, April 10, 2020
Closed Judging: April 18 - 19, 2020
LA County Fair: (public tasting) September 4 - September 27, 2020

How to Enter: For early bird ‐ entry forms must be postmarked on or before Friday, March 13, 2020. Entry forms must be postmarked by Friday, March 27, 2020

Entry Fee: Early bird entry $55.00 per entry postmarked on or before March 13, 2020 and $65.00 per entry after March 13, 2020. Entry fee to be submitted with entry form. Make checks payable to Fairplex.

Tasting:A selection of award‐winning breweries will be contacted by Spectra to purchase their award‐winning beer for tasting during the LA County Fair in our Marketplace.

Awards: Three medals; Gold, Silver, and Bronze are possible in each category. In the event any category receives insufficient entries, beers will be judged individually on their own merits. Awards for each class may or may not be given. One Best of Show will be selected from all entries.

Return of Kegs: Every effort will be made to return kegs promptly through local distributors. If other arrangements are required (such as return by UPS), the brewery is responsible for any costs that may be incurred. The LA County Fair Association and Fairplex will assume no liability for lost kegs.

Storage: Beers will be kept in cold storage (below 40 Fahrenheit) until time of judging. Beers may be chilled (or allowed to warm); if there are specific instructions, please indicate on entry form.

Labels: Please ensure that each bottle/can/keg is labeled with your brewery name and beer name. If a commercial label is already on your bottle/can/keg and the brewery name and beer name are present then there is no need to add an additional label. Note: The judges will not see any bottle/can/keg so there is no need to remove any commercial label. Additionally, there is no need to add any additional information on your bottle/can/keg, as any special instructions etc. will be provided to the judges in a separate document. Our competition labels are computer generated with the information provided from your entry form. During the check in process we will match your entries to your entry form and affix the competition label that includes the division and class information.

Traditional Categories

2020 Style Guidelines

Brewers Association Style Guide

2020 FAQ's

How to enter the Beer Competition

  • Determine the beer you wish to enter
  • Read Competition Rules and Information
  • Note entry deadline and entry fee
  • Determine Division and Categories
  • Complete the entire entry form and mail in or utilize online entry
  • Deliver (1101 W. McKinley Ave. Pomona, CA 91768, enter gate 1 off of McKinley Ave.) or ship items to arrive Tuesday, April 7 through Friday, April 10, 2020 between the hours of 9am and 4pm. See competition rules for additional information on shipping and delivery.
  • If you have any questions or require additional information please contact:
    Amy Pond-Cirelli
    Phone: 909-865-4043
    Fax: 909-629-2067
    Email: apond@fairplex.com

Entry Fee: Early bird entry $55.00 per entry postmarked on or before March 13, 2019 and $65.00 per entry after March 13, 2020. Entry fee to be submitted with entry form. Make checks payable to Fairplex.

Entry Deadline: All entry forms due March 27, 2020.

General Requirements: Open to any licensed brewery or brewpub. All beers entered must be available for sale to the general public. Beers may be entered only by a representative of the brewery.

Entry Requirements: Entries may be submitted in bottles, cans, or kegs with a minimum of either six (6) bottles of less than 22 oz. or four (4) bottles of 22 oz. or more; or one keg with an American Sanke fitting. Each beer may be entered in only one category. Breweries may enter as many entries as they desire.

Competition Schedule:

March 13
Early bird entry deadline. All entry forms must be postmarked no later than March 13, 2020 to receive the early bird price

March 27
Beer competition entry deadline

April 7 – April 10
Beers received from 10am – 4pm; Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – Friday, April 10, 2020. Please see Competition Rules for shipping and delivery instructions.

April - 18 & 19
Closed judging

April - 30
Results will be posted no later than April 30th.

September 4 - September 27, 2020
2020 LA County Fair. The tasting of gold medal wines, beer, spirits and extra virgin olive oils, and education seminars will take place in the Los Angeles International Wine, Beer & Spirits Marketplace during the LA County Fair.

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Competition Rules

Competition Rules

1. ELIGIBILITY: Open to any licensed brewery or brewpub. All beers entered must be available for sale to the general public. Beers may be entered only by a representative of the brewery.

2. ENTRY FEE: Early bird entry $55.00 per entry postmarked on or before March 13, 2020. $65.00 per entry after March 13, 2020. Entry fee to be submitted with entry form. Make checks payable to Fairplex.

3. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Entries may be submitted in bottles, cans, or kegs with a minimum of either six (6) bottles of less than 22 oz. or four (4) bottles of 22 oz. or more; or one keg with an American Sanke fitting. Each beer may be entered in only one category. Breweries may enter as many entries as they desire.

4. LABEL REQUIREMENTS: Please ensure that each bottle/can/keg is labeled with your brewery name and beer name. If a commercial label is already on your bottle/can/keg and the brewery name and beer name are present then there is no need to add an additional label. Note: The judges will not see any bottle/can/keg so there is no need to remove any commercial label. Additionally, there is no need to add any additional information on your bottle/can/keg, as any special instructions etc. will be provided to the judges in a separate document. Our competition labels are computer generated with the information provided from your entry form. During the check in process we will match your entries to your entry form and affix the competition label that includes the division and class information.

5. SHIPPING/DELIVERY: Beers will be received from Tuesday, April 7 – Friday, April 10, 2020. Shipments or deliveries will be received from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. If shipping, all beers entered MUST BE SHIPPED PREPAID. If delivering, please enter gate 1 off of McKinley Ave. Let the guard know you are delivering for the beer competition and they will direct you back.

Los Angeles International Beer Competition
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

6. GRAPHICS/LOGOS: All commercial labels should be left on any bottles or kegs entered. In addition, for purposes of display, graphics in the form of posters, coasters, and signs may be submitted for a display in the tasting area at the LA County Fair.

7. Even if it is marketed under different labels, NO BEER MAY BE ENTERED MORE THAN ONCE.

8. JUDGING: Beers will be judged against others of similar style as defined by Brewers Association style guidelines. The judging will be held in closed sessions with BJCP certified judges present. All judging will be blind. No judge may participate on a panel where they have an entry or where there may be the appearance of a conflict of interest. All decisions of the judges are final

9. AWARDS: Three medals; Gold, Silver, and Bronze are possible in each category. In the event any category receives insufficient entries, beers will be judged individually on their own merits. Awards for each class may or may not be given. One Best of Show will be selected from all entries.

10. RETURN OF KEGS: Every effort will be made to return kegs promptly through local distributors. If other arrangements are required (such as return by UPS), the brewery is responsible for any costs that may be incurred. The LA County Fair Association and Fairplex will assume no liability for lost kegs.

11. STORAGE: Beers will be kept in cold storage (below 40°F) until time of judging. Beers may be chilled (or allowed to warm); if there are specific instructions, please indicate on entry form.

12. We will establish additional classes or consolidate classes as warranted.

13. Beers entered in the competition will become the property of the Los Angeles International Beer Competition.

14. Any item shipped by mistake will not be returned and becomes the property of the Los Angeles International Beer Competition.

2020 Entry Form Documents

Beer Competition Information

Beer Competition Entry Form

Beer Competition Style Guidelines

International Guidelines

Enter Competition

And the Medal goes to...

A selection of award winning breweries will be contacted by Spectra to purchase their beer for tasting during the LA County Fair in our Award Winning Beer Tavern.


2019 Beer Competition Results

2018 Beer Competition Results

2017 Beer Competition Results

2016 Beer Competition Results

2015 Beer Competition Results

Marketing Benefits

This is when being a sellout is a good thing!

In 18 years the beer competition has proven that a win here is a win for entrants in the consumer market - more publicity, greater exposure and, most importantly, a spike in sales.

Our competition showcases the finest beers from throughout the world, and the growth we've experienced in our brief existence illustrates why this event is rivaling our senior competitors. If there is just one beer competition you want to enter, this is it.

The Los Angeles County Fair Association guarantees greater exposure for the event's winning entries, offering consumers access to some of the world's finest beer (beer, wines, spirits, and extra virgin olive oils). The competition also offers an extensive marketing program for retailers and restaurants.

The Los Angeles International Beer Competition provides award winners with additional marketing opportunities, including the ability to purchase additional beer medals identifying bottles as medal winners and the opportunity to sell award-winning beer in the Award Winning Beer Tavern, during the LA County Fair.

This kind of fame lasts longer than 15 minutes!



2020 Spirits Competition Downloadable Materials

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or require additional information please contact:

Amy Pond-Cirelli
Phone: (909) 865-4043
Email: apond@fairplex.com
Fax: (909) 629-2067