2022 Competition Dates

JUDGING SESSIONS

Judge’s Orientation & Welcome Reception
Friday 1/28
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

SESSION ONE
Saturday 1/29
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

SESSION TWO
Saturday 1/29
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

SESSION THREE
Sunday 1/30
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

SESSION FOUR
Sunday 1/30
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

LOCATION INFO

JUDGING VENUE
Holiday Inn Town Lake
20 N Interstate Hwy I 35
Austin, TX 78701

AWARDS CEREMONY
Saturday 2/12
Hilton Austin

Apply to Judge

2022 Texas Craft Brewers Cup

TEXAS CRAFT BREWERS CUP is the first professional beer competition run and organized by the Texas Craft Brewers Guild to showcase the outstanding quality and variety of Texas craft beer and the brewers who make them. TCBC is seeking qualified, passionate individuals to join the competition’s inaugural judging roster! The window to apply is Tuesday, November 16 – Friday, December 17, 2021.

What kind of qualifications do I need to apply to judge?

We currently have an open call for applications, so anyone working in the craft beer industry or with judging experience is allowed to apply. A strong priority will be given to industry professionals with experience judging local, national, or international competitions and individuals (be they industry members or homebrewers ) who hold BJCP and/or Cicerone certification.

As an applicant, please take care to include a short bio on your application to share your industry experience and qualifications. We also ask that you share your current BJCP rank and ID number (if applicable) as well as any other certifications (Cicerone, Doemens, etc.) and your past judging experience.

If you have additional experience (such as overseeing the sensory/quality program at your brewery, a formal brewing education, etc.) that’s not reflected in your bio, please make sure to share that in the Notes section of the application.

What are the benefits of judging?

In additional to the camaraderie, recognition, and industry experience that will come with being a part of the inaugural judging class for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild’s first statewide beer competition, the following will be provided to Texas Craft Brewers Cup judges:

Judging Experience: The Texas Craft Brewers Cup is a sanctioned BJCP competition, so in addition to building your resume for other national and international judging opportunities, BJCP certified judges will have the opportunity to earn up to two judging points (.5 points for each of the competition’s four judging sessions) by participating in TCBC.

On-site Perks: Judges will be fed and watered during their time in Austin—including lunch during Saturday & Sunday judging, and Friday and Saturday evening happy hours.

Hotel Accommodation: the Guild will cover the cost of rooms at the Holiday Inn for judges traveling in from outside of Austin. (If selected to judge, you will receive a rooming survey to share rooming night needs/sharing preferences, etc.)

Awards Ceremony: Judges will each receive one free ticket the TCBC Awards Ceremony or an equivalent value discount off of full TCBG Annual Meeting registration (if employed by a TCBG member brewery, brewery in planning, allied trade, or retail member business eligible to attend the meeting). 

How do I apply to judge?

Step 1: Visit the competition registration page
Step 2: Click “I want to volunteer” from the list at the bottom of the page
Step 3: Create a BAP (Beer Awards Platform) account OR sign in if you already have one
Step 4: Complete the judge application, taking care to include a short bio, your BJCP rank and ID number (if applicable) and any other relevant certifications or past judging experience.

That’s it, you’re done! Thank you for applying. Please go ahead and make sure to block off the competition dates on your calendar to make sure you are available if selected and stay tuned for a response to your application by Monday, December 20th.

When will I know whether I was selected?

If you have submitted a Judge application, you will be notified no later than Monday, December 20th as to the status of your application. The size and make-up of the judging roaster will be based on the number of entries in the competition and the number of judge applications received. As such, judges may be approved in waves based on experience and application date. We recommend going ahead and blocking off the competition dates on your calendar to ensure availability should you be selected.

If a judge is not selected this year (based off of not quite having the experience or qualifications necessary, etc.) they may be offered the option to serve as a steward in the competition or volunteer in a different capacity. As a BJCP sanctioned competition, TCBC stewards will be eligible to earn non-judging experience points.

To learn more about the competition, and the role of our judges, please review these documents:

Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to judges, the Texas Craft Brewers Cup is seeking enthusiastic members of the craft beer community to help volunteer for the competition. Our volunteer opportunities fall into two categories–Beer Steward & Cellar Volunteer. Learn more about these two opportunities below! The window to apply to volunteer is Tuesday, November 16 – Friday, December 17, 2021.

Beer Steward

Beer Stewards are responsible for shepherding flights of beers to the judging tables and generally making sure judges have everything they need to sample the beers and complete their scoresheets. As a double-blind competition, stewards will pick up anonymized flights from the entry sorting room (aka the ‘cellar’) and deliver them to the judges’ tables–neither judges nor stewards will know the identities of the beers being served/judged.

Stewards should possess: a good attitude, flexibility, & the ability to be on your feet moving from one room to another with trays of samples

Cellar Volunteer (Please apply as ‘General Staff’ in BAP)

Cellar volunteers will play an integral role in the competition by helping with tasks like sorting and organizing beer entries and pouring flights for each round of judging.

Cellar volunteers should possess: a good attitude, the utmost discretion, the ability to lift 1-2 cases of beer at a time, and a detail-oriented nature.

Cellar volunteers are the only members of the competition team who know the identities of the beers being judged, so out of an abundance of caution, brewery owners/employees who also have beers entered in the competition will be ineligible for cellar volunteer roles. As a cellar volunteer, you will be asked to operate under the competition’s confidentiality agreement. To maintain the integrity of the competition, conversations about the beers and winners with judges, brewers, or friends should never take place, even after winners have been announced.

What are the volunteer perks?

In additional to the camaraderie, fun, and industry experience that will come with being a part of the inaugural Texas Craft Brewers Cup, Steward and Cellar volunteers are eligible to receive:

  • Volunteer T-shirt
  • Food & Drink during the competition: including lunch during Saturday & Sunday judging, and Friday and Saturday evening happy hours.
  • Beer-To-Go: volunteers will each receive a minimum of one case of assorted Texas craft beer.
  • BJCP points: As a BJCP sanctioned competition, volunteers are eligible to earn BJCP non-judging experience points.
How do I apply to volunteer?

Step 1: Visit the competition registration page
Step 2: Click “I want to volunteer” from the list at the bottom of the page
Step 3: Create a BAP (Beer Awards Platform) account OR sign in if you already have one
Step 4: Complete the volunteer application, selecting “Steward” –or– “General Staff” (a BAP category which we’ll be using for Cellar Volunteers). Be sure to add any past experience you might have (competition or otherwise) though know that this is not strictly required for volunteers.

That’s it, you’re done! Thank you for applying. Please go ahead and make sure to block off the competition dates on your calendar to make sure you are available if selected and stay tuned for a response to your application by Monday, December 20th.