The NC Brewers’ Cup Beer Competition is gearing up for the 2014 contest. The NC State Fair has just posted entry forms which you can access at: With help from competition founders Richard Mitchell and Kevin Thorngren, I’ll be the superintendent of this year’s event.

With your participation, I am certain we can make this competition the best yet. We already have a few key improvements in the works. All commercial winners will receive medals for displaying in your taproom. The Best in Show winner will be presented with an impressive trophythat can be displayed in the winner’s taproom until the next competition( like the Stanley Cup). Finally, licensed NC breweries who enter the contest and are members of the guild are eligible to sample AND sell at the NC State Fair at the guild’s booth, so stay tuned for more info on that opportunity.
As in past years, the event will include both the Commercial Beer Competition and the Home Brewer Beer Competition.
The entry deadline is August 19, 2014 and your beer must be in Hillsborough by that date. Registration for this competition is exclusively online. All entries must be received between August 1-19, 2014.
The judging will take place September 6-7 at Mystery Brewing Co. in Hillsborough. Entries must be shipped or dropped off at Mystery; but if you wish to coordinate shipment/delivery with other brewers in your area, I will be happy to provide contact info for those nearby.
Note: Only federally and North Carolina ABC permitted breweries may enter the commercial beer competition, and only amateur home brewers residing in North Carolina are eligible to enter the home brewer competition.
Finally, visit these links if you or your staff are interested in judging or volunteeringPlease contact me with any questions. I’m looking forward to handing out some hardware this fall!