Competition Rules

Judge rules

The judging will be conducted by panels of a minimum of four qualified trade buyers. Our trade only judging panel interact with beer and their customers on a daily basis.  They are a mix of recognized beer focused bars, retail store beer buyers, distributors and importers. We try to assemble each judging panel with a mix of those disciplines so different viewpoints will be considered in the evaluation of the wines.   The judges receive no compensation for their participation in the competition. The full list of judges can be seen here.

The judging will take place February 10th 2013 in New York City at the 3 West Club located across from the world famous Rockefeller Center.

When there are fewer than three entries per category, the beers may be moved to different appropriate categories. Our staff if time permits will update the brewery by email or phone of any placement in, or removal from a submitted category.

If the judges are faced with an obviously flawed bottle of beer, no more than one additional bottle of the same entry will be opened and tasted.

The tasting order of entries is set in our database first by panel and then  by category. Large categories are randomly split by the database so that no panel is asked to taste more than 60 beers in the same category.

The New York International Beer Competition medals will be made on a merit basis by a majority vote. The judges are instructed to grant no awards when, in their opinion, the beer are not ones they would import, distribute, buy or sell in their product and price category. Judges are asked to evaluate the beers in silence until all panel members have finished their evaluation and then reach a consensus. Judge votes are recorded by a staff moderator. If there is a significant difference among the judges’ votes, panelists are encouraged to reach a consensus.

Beers are presented to judges in coded glasses. No beer bottles are visible to judges at any time until the competition is finished. Staff members are instructed to avoid discussing any beer brand names entered or not in the competition.

The decision of the judges is final and no changes are made to awards after the judging is complete. Judges receive a copy of the code sheets of the beers they judged with awards noted so they are able to compare our records with their notes from the judging.

We will be inviting the judges to attend the Press/Trade and Consumer event to be held in conjunction with NYC Craft Beer Week.