2023 Competition Dates

JUDGING SESSIONS

Judge’s Orientation & Welcome Reception
Friday 1/27
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

*Potential for Friday Session if quantity of entries necessitates

SESSION ONE
Saturday 1/28
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

SESSION TWO
Saturday 1/28
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

SESSION THREE
Sunday 1/29
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

SESSION FOUR
Sunday 1/29
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

LOCATION INFO

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

AWARDS CEREMONY
Saturday 2/11
Hilton Austin

Apply to Judge

2023 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 second year judging roster! The window to apply is October 24, 2022 – Friday, December 16, 2022.

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 on your application as well.

What are the benefits of judging?

In additional to the camaraderie, recognition, and industry experience that will come with being a judge for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild’s 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 judging points (.5 points for each of the competition’s judging sessions you participate in) by judging at 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: Click here to access the Judge Application
Step 2: Complete the application, taking care to include a short bio, your BJCP rank and ID number (if applicable) and any other relevant certifications, past judging experience, sensory experience, or formal brewing education details.

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 19th.

When will I know whether I was selected?

If you have submitted a Judge application, you will be notified no later than Monday, December 19th as to the status of your application. The size and make-up of the judging roster 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 volunteers will be eligible to earn non-judging experience points.

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

Judging Handbook

Volunteer Opportunities

In addition to judges, the Texas Craft Brewers Cup is seeking enthusiastic craft beer enthusiasts to help volunteer for the competition. The window to apply to volunteer is Tuesday, November 16 – Friday, December 16, 2022.

What are the volunteer perks?

In additional to the camaraderie, fun, and industry experience that will come with volunteering for Texas Craft Brewers Cup, 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: Complete the Volunteer Application

That’s it, you’re done! Thank you for applying. Please go ahead and 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.