Competition Details


It’s time to get your best recipes out and start brewing your award-winning creation for the 28th Annual World Cup of Beer Homebrew Competition. The Bay Area Mashers are proud to continue our tradition of running one of the best Homebrew competitions, and we’d love to see your entry for the chance to win awards, prizes and of course, bragging rights. The competition is open to everyone, regardless of location.


  • February 1st, 2023 : Registration opens-you can register here and enter and pay fees here
  • Wednesday, March 8, 2023 : Registration closes, entries due at drop-off locations by noon that day.
  • Saturday, April 1, 2023 : Finals and awards ceremony

Submitting Entries

All entries are due by noon on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

Ship to:

Oak Barrel Winecraft
c/o World Cup of Beer
1443 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702

Drop off locations:

Oak Barrel Winecraft
1443 San Pablo Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94702
(Mon – Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5, closed Sunday)

More Beer Concord
955 Detroit Ave.
Concord,CA 94518
( Mon.-Fri 9AM-6PM Sat & Sun 10-4)

More Beer San Leandro
2315 Verna Ct.
San Leandro,CA 94577
( Mon- Fri 10AM -6 PM Sat & Sun 10-4 )


The World Cup of Beer will be open to all styles and sub-styles of beer, in 2015 BJCP categories 1 through 34 (see BJCP website for more information on categories). No mead or cider will be judged this year!

The World Cup of Beer is a regional qualifying event for the Masters Championship of Amateur Brewing (MCAB), a national homebrew competition dedicated to providing the finest judging. To enter the MCAB, you must win a first place in an MCAB qualifying style in one of the 17 MCAB qualifying events. MCAB qualifying categories this year are : BJCP 2008 categories: 1 – 19 and 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, and 28 or BJCP 2015 categories: 1 through 26, 28, 32, 33, M1 – 4, C1, and C2.

The World Cup of Beer is sanctioned by the American Homebrewers Association and the Beer Judge Certification Program

AwardsSierra Nevada Trophy

All entrants will receive judging scoresheets with detailed analysis of their beer identifying strengths and weaknesses; an invaluable tool for improving your craft. First, second and third place winners in each BJCP category will receive a ribbon. The 2023 World Cup of Beer Best of Show winner will be honored with an engraved plaques on the Sierra Nevada World Cup Trophy on display at Oak Barrel in Berkeley.


The World Cup will again be an MCAB Qualifying Event, recognized by the BJCP and the AHA, and will award BJCP judging points. BAM needs experienced homebrew judges to score the entries, award ribbons, and evaluate the Best of Show. And you know it’s going to be a great party!

There will be 3 days of preliminary judging at 21st Amendment Brewing in San Leandro on Saturday March 18th, Sunday March 19th, Saturday, March 25th and Finals on Saturday April 1st, 2023. Judging for all rounds will begin at 10 am; judges are asked to arrive by 9:30 am. Breakfast will be available around 9 am. Lunch will be served following prelims judging. After the Finals, judges are invited to the post-competition party featuring lots of great beers and food and the presentation of awards.

Judge registration opens January 1st, 2023. You can register here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the judge coordinator, Robert Ayasse.


We need you to come out and steward, taste some amazing homebrew, learn more about beer from the judges, have lunch on us and get in free to the Awards Party (pending latest health & safety guidance). You need not have experience stewarding. Training happens the morning of the prelims and the finals. Stewarding is great for those who aren’t BJCP judges but want to support and take part in the World Cup of Beer.

What is Stewarding?

Stewarding is essentially acting as a dedicated waiter of sorts for a set of judges as they judge all of the entries in a given category of beer. You’ll keep the judges stocked with clean glasses, bring them each beer they’re going to taste, collect score sheets, bring bread, clean up spills, etc. In addition to this you’ll get to listen in on the discussion that the judges have for each beer and taste each beer after it’s been judged. This is a great way to get a better understanding of what judging entails and to learn more about beer.

If Stewarding sounds like too much, we also need people to do the clerical work needed to manage, file, categorize and verify the hundreds of score sheets coming in throughout the day.

Steward registration opens January 1st, 2023. You can register here.


The Final judging and Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 1st, 2023, at 21st Amendment Brewing in San Leandro. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded to all winners at the ceremony, and for those winners unable to attend, ribbons and prizes will be mailed out. All scoresheets will be available online and will not be available for pickup at the awards ceremony.

Contact Details

Neil Topliffe, Competition Organizer