ABS Commerical and Amoretti present Beer Army Beer Wars in association with the Bravo Alpha Initiative. This commercial beer judging contest will be hosted in the heart of southern beer country - Charlotte, North Carolina at NoDA Brewing Company on 15 & 16 February 2020.

This event is open to all commercial breweries, featuring the following ale and lager beer categories listed below. This is a Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) sanctioned event with all judging being done by BJCP certified judges and beer industry leaders. The 2015 BJCP guidelines will be used for judging and that guide is available here.

Medals of Gold, Silver and Bronze will be awarded to the top three finishers in each beer judging category. Medalists will receive their medals and judging sheets in the mail within 4 weeks from the conclusion of the contest. All other competitors will have their judging sheets emailed to them. All medalist will be posted on this webpage within 24 hours of judging conclusion.

One brewery will be named Grand Champion who will be awarded a championship belt. Belt is made of genuine leather and is 52" long with 8 rows of heavy duty snaps. The main plate is 9 3/4" X 7", features brilliant polished gold plating and comes in a black satin lined presentation box.

The ranking system for the overall Grand Champion is as follows: A brewery will receive points for each medal (Gold = 5, Silver = 3 and Bronze = 1) they are awarded. The brewery with the most points overall is the Beer Army Beer Wars Grand Champion.

We will also provide a list naming the Top 10 winners. The winners will be promoted through national beer media.

Registration goes from 15 September - 15 December 2019 with an entry fee of $55 per entry. Entry shipping/dropping off window is 15 January - 7 February 2020 to/at NoDA Brewing Company, 2921 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28206. 

You will find more information, details and be able to register for this contest by clicking on the Brewery Registration button below the Beer Wars logo above. Remember, ALL proceeds go to charity!

More information will be forthcoming if you are volunteering and would like to be a judge or steward interested in participating in this event.

Beer categories accepted

(detailed beer category guidelines here)

1A American Light Lager
1B American Lager
1C Cream Ale
1D American Wheat Beer
2A International Pale Lager
2B International Amber Lager
2C International Dark Lager
3A Czech Pale Lager
3B Czech Premium Pale Lager
3C Czech Amber Lager
3D Czech Dark Lager
4A Munich Helles
4B Festbier
4C Helles Bock
5A German Leichtbier
5B Kolsch
5C German Exportbier
5D German Pils
6A Marzen
6B Rauchbier
6C Dunkels Bock
7A Vienna Lager
7B Altbier
7C Kellerbier
8A Munich Dunkel
8B Schwarzbier
9A Doppelbock
9B Eisbock
9C Baltic Porter
10A Weissbier
10B Dunkels Weissbier
10C Weizenbock
11A Ordinary Bitter
11B Best Bitter
11C Strong Bitter
12A English Golden Ale

12B Australian Sparkling Ale
12C English IPA
13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale

13A Dark Mild
13B English Brown Ale

13C English Porter
14A Scottish Light
14B Scottish Heavy
14C Scottish Export
15A Irish Red Ale
15B Irish Stout
15C Irish Extra Stout
16A Sweet Stout
16B Oatmeal Stout
16C Tropical Stout
16D Foreign Extra Stout
17A English Strong Ale
17B Old Ale
17C Wee Heavy
17D English Barleywine
18A Blonde Ale
18B American Pale Ale
19A American Amber Ale
19B California Common
19C American Brown Ale
20A American Porter
20B American Stout
20C Imperial Stout
21A American IPA
21B-1 Specialty - Black IPA
21B-2 Specialty - Brown IPA
21B-3 Specialty - White IPA
21B-4 Specialty - Rye IPA
21B-5 Specialty - Belgian IPA
21B-6 Specialty - Red IPA

21B-7 Specialty-New England IPA
22A Double IPA
22B American Strong Ale

22C American Barleywine
22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale

22C American Barleywine
22D Wheatwine
23A Berliner Weisse
23B Flanders Red Ale
23C Oud Bruin
23D Lambic
23E Gueuze
23F Fruit Lambic
24A Witbier
24B Belgian Pale Ale
24C Biere de Garde
25A Belgian Blond Ale
25B Saison
25C Belgian Golden Strong Ale
26A Trappist Single
26B Belgian Dubbel
26C Belgian Tripel
26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale
27 Historical Beer
28A Brett Beer
28B Mixed Fermentation Sour Beer
28C Wild Specialty Beer
29A Fruit Beer
29B Fruit and Spice Beer
29C Speciality Fruit Beer
30A Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
30B Autumn Seasonal Beer
30C Winter Seasonal Beer
32A Classic Style Smoked Beer
32B Specialty Smoked Beer
33A Wood-Aged Beer
33B Specialty Wood-Aged Beer
34C Experimental Beer
35A Session IPA
36A Amoretti Custom Beer

New categories for 2019:

37A Juicy/Hazy Pale Ale (Custom Style)

39A Gluten Free Beer (Custom Style)

40A Wood Aged Cider and Perry

C2E Cider with Herbs/Spices

C2F Specialty Cider/Perry



LOCATION - Noda brewing company



event Flyer

Please download and share the Beer Army Beer Wars flyer below and ask your favorite brewery to compete today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Is this event open to the public?
Answer: No, it is not.

Question: Do you only accept credit cards for payment via PayPal?
Answer: Yes. This is currently the most convenient way for all parties involved to make and receive competition entry fees. It also reduces entry/submission errors.

Question: What if my brewery is not distributed in North Carolina, can I still enter my beer in Beer Wars?
Answer: Yes. Beers submitted to the Beer Wars competition are for testing, analysis, judging and not for sale or public consumption.

Question: What type of containers are accepted?
Answer: Capped or corked and caged bottles/cans from 12 oz all the way up to 32 oz containers will be accepted for judging. Anything larger to include 64 oz growlers will NOT be accepted for judging.

Question: How much beer should I send?
Answer: Each entry will consist of 4 (each), capped or corked and caged bottles/cans from 12 oz all the way up to 32 oz containers (only 3 needed if this size). Anything larger to include 64 oz growlers will NOT be accepted for judging.

Bottles and any materials submitted will not be returned to contest entrants.

Question: I've registered and paid my entry fees but have decided not to participate and/or send beer. Can I get a refund?
No. This is a charitable fundraiser and we can't provide refunds. Any beer that you send will not be returned.

Medal Downloads

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