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BFBC Professional Competition


BFBC Concept

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  • To promote Florida’s commercial breweries, their brewers and the excellent craft beer.
  • To provide a focal point to advertise Florida’s craft-brewed beers.
  • To encourage brewing of outstanding beer in the State of Florida.
  • To feature the medal winner’s craft-brewed beer at the Brewer’s Ball.

The schedule of events for the 2015 Best Florida Beer Championship Professional Competition is:

Entry Submissions Open – 1/1/15
Entry Submissions Close –  1/31/15 WINDOW NOW CLOSED
Judging – Saturday 2/7/15 and Sunday 2/8/15
Awards Ceremony: March 8, 2015 at the Brewers Ball

The Winners List for the 2015 Best Florida Beer Championships Can Be Downloaded HERE



The Best Florida Beer Competition (BFBC) is open to all commercial beers brewed in the State of Florida and offered for sale in the State of Florida without significant changes or modifications to the beer recipe from the way is has been offered for sale to the public. Breweries must be fully licensed for the manufacture and commercial sale of beer in the state of Florida. Breweries must have a Brewers Notice on file with the TBB. Eligible entries must be for sale or have been poured on premise on or before January 31st, 2015.


Judging will take place on February 7th, 2015. Each entry will be evaluated by a minimum of two judges. Judges will either be professional brewers or Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) judges ranked “certified” or higher. A judge cannot evaluate their own entry or an entry in which they are associated. Judging is blind without knowledge of the brewery or the brand being evaluated.

All entries, including ‘Small Batch’, will be judged together for the first round. Small Batch entries will be separated for Best of Show judging. All medal winners and the Best of Show winners will be announced at the Brewers Ball in Tampa on Sunday, March 8th, 2015 at the Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park.

Beers brewed in small quantities or as special projects or those that are not otherwise available for the wider exposure to the market provided by the Large Batch classification should be entered with the Small Batch classification. This might include beers brewed in small quantities, or that have had special treatments done to a small portion of a larger batch, or that are released infrequently and thus will have difficulty meeting the 1/2 barrel keg requirement as outlined below.


All beers will be judged according to the style specified by the brewer on the entry form. World Beer Cup 2014 Style Guidelines will be used. Style descriptions can be seen at the WBC Style Guidelines 2014.

If the brewer wishes to enter a new style of beer not previously categorized please write the description of this beer in sufficient detail for the judges. Some historical or specialty beers may fit into such a category.

Awards & Medals

  • Credit for each beer will go to both the brewery and to the brewer of the particular beer entry.
  • Entries will be graded on a score range of 60 to 100 points.
  • Entries scoring at least 85 points will be eligible to receive a medal. Entries which score the minimal score necessary are NOT automatically awarded a medal.

Only the top three scoring beers in each category, or grouped category should a category not receive enough entries to be judged on it’s own, will receive a respective gold, silver or bronze medal. The judges do not necessarily have to award a gold medal if they feel that any of the entries do not meet the standards for a gold medal. The gold medal beer from each category will be judged for Best of Show. In the event a gold medal is not awarded, the silver and bronze medal entries are not eligible for advancement to the Best of Show round.

Best of Show winners for the Large Batch classification will be awarded the title Best Florida Beer. Best of Show winner for the new Small Batch classification will be awarded the title Best Small Batch Florida Beer. Each will receive a Best of Show trophy that will be presented at the Brewers Ball in Tampa on March 8th, 2015. Trophies will also be presented to the 2nd and 3rd Best of Show in each classification.

Requirements of Medal Winners

All medal winning beers (gold, silver and bronze) in each category are required to be showcased at the Brewers Ball. One half barrel keg is required of all medal winners. Small batch medal winning beers need only provide a 1/6th barrel keg. Please ensure to save those kegs for the Brewers Ball on Sunday, March 8th, 2015. Medals will not be awarded unless the winning entry is available on tap at the Brewers Ball.


Entry Details


$45 per entry. Second entry of every participating brewer will be given free of charge.

*Please note that breweries are now limited to a maximum of 10 entries.

Entry fees must be received before judging on February 7th.

Medal winners are required to send, or arrange for delivery of a keg of their medal winning beers to the Brewers Ball on March 8th, 2015. Large Batch entries send a half barrel, Small Batch entries send a sixth barrel. BFB will make attempts to assist in shipping of cooperage to the Brewers Ball or picking up of cooperage.


January 30th, 2015 for all entry registrations.
Entries must be dropped off or delivered by January 31st, 2015.

Entry Requirements


Two samples of beer will be required, each at least 12 ounces. This is a change from previous years. In past years, each beer evaluation was a medal round where this year, each will be evaluated against those beers in the same category. A second round will be used to determine the medal winning entries which score the minimum required score.

Each entry is required to have its State of Florida Brand number or the Date of First Tapping (if served at a Brewpub) and months that it is available for enjoyment by Florida consumers if it is a seasonal. Beers will be served to the judges “blind” so the type of container will not be an issue. Cans, bottles, kegs, PET bottles with carbonators will all be accepted. Contact the organizer if you would like the free use of CarbonatorTM caps for your draught beer. These simple to use caps allow the brewer to package draught beer and then pressurize the bottle with CO2 to prevent oxidation and retain full carbonation.

*Please note that breweries are now limited to a maximum of 10 entries.

Entries should be sent to arrive before the January 31st deadline to:
c/o Cigar City Brewing
Attn: Neil Callaghan, Tasting Room Manager
3924 W. Spruce St.
Tampa, FL 33607

Failure of the medal winning brewery to bring a ½ barrel keg or 1/6 barrel keg to Brewers Ball will disqualify the entry from the competition. The Brewers Ball is the ultimate beer festival in Florida meant to showcase the best beers that each brewery has to offer and in the end only the three best beers in each category or grouped category.

How to Enter


Entry registration forms and fees must be received on or before January 31st, 2015.

Please designate Small Batch entries by appending (SB) to the end of the name of your beer in the entry form.

*Please note that breweries are now limited to a maximum of 10 entries.

Paypal is also available on the web site.

Checks can be sent in with the entries or mailed to the competition organizer:
Danny Williams
350 W Venice Ave, #1481
Venice FL 34284

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