Entry Details

Registration for the 2017 Best Florida Beer Championships opens January 1st 2017.


$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.

Medal winners are required to send, or arrange for delivery of a keg of their medal winning beers to the Brewers Ball on March 5th, 2017. 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 31st, 2017 for all entry registrations.
Entries must be dropped off or delivered by January 31st, 2017.

Entry Requirements

Two samples of beer, cider or mead 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:

81 Bay Brewing,

4465 W Gandy Blvd, Tampa, FL 3361
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, 2017.

Register your entries here!

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.

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