Judge Rules

The judging will be conducted by panels of a minimum of four qualified trade buyers. Our trade only judging panel interact with spirits and their customers on a daily basis. They are a mix of retail store beer buyers, beer focused bars, 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 beers

The judging will take place at the elegant 3 West Club located across from Rockefeller Center and steps away from St Patrick Cathedral in New York City on March 6-7th 2015.

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 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 spirits are not ones they would import, distribute, buy or sell in their business and within the 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 and or seek counsel from the Head Judge Adam Levy.

The judges are clearly instructed in the beginning of the day that the NYIBC is not a “medal factory” like other competitions where over 80% win a medal or we also refer to as “3rd Grade Soccer” where everyone wins a medal. On average less than 50% of those who submit win a medal. That is why we are one of the most respected international beer competitions going into our 3rd year.

Beers are presented to judges in coded glasses in a blind tasting format. No beer bottles are visible to judges at any time until the competition is finished. Staff members are prohibited from mentioning 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.