the canadian craft brewers association
presents the inaugural

Canada Beer Cup

A new competition for Canada’s independent craft breweries

The Canadian craft beer industry’s own competition has finally arrived!

The Canada Beer Cup™ is a brand new, national competition celebrating independently owned and operated breweries across Canada. It showcases quality and innovation in craft beer from coast to coast to coast.

  • Beer evaluated by top international judges
  • 70 modernized beer styles in 10 categories
  • Introducing an exciting new feature category: “Canadian Style Beer”
  • Canada Beer Cup trophy awarded to best-in-show
  • For the industry, by the industry
  • All proceeds support the Canadian Craft Brewers Association


Entries open on November 17, 2021 and close on December 20, 2021.

Early bird pricing of $75 is available until December 1, 2021. Regular price is $100 per entry. All proceeds go to the Canadian Craft Brewers Association.

Online payment by credit card or PayPal accepted.

Celebrating Canadian Excellence

This year’s competition will present awards in 70 distinct styles across 10 original categories, as evaluated by a panel of elite Canadian and international beer experts, overseen by internationally acclaimed beer writer and author Stephen Beaumont.

We’re also excited to announce our feature category, Canadian Style Beer, which will challenge breweries to submit a beer that is in some way uniquely Canadian, due to ingredients, style, process, or some other element.

Additionally, judges will select a single, stand-out beer to be distinguished as Best In Show. Each year, the brewery behind this winning beer will receive the Canada Beer Cup and have its name engraved alongside previous winners.

The awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with a provincial/territorial conference each year. The inaugural Canada Beer Cup event will be held on February 16, 2022 at the Ontario Craft Brewers Conference in Niagara Falls.

The Canadian Craft Brewers Association

As the voice of Canadian craft beer, the Canadian Craft Brewers Association represents the interests of a growing industry of over 1,200 small and independent craft breweries, brewpubs and their supplier partners in every province and territory in Canada. Learn more about the CCBA at

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