The International Brewing & Cider Awards is arguably the world’s most historic international beer and cider competition, and the 2024 edition will be the biggest and best yet. First, the biennial competition will take place in March 2024 at Depot Mayfield Manchester. The reason for that is, for the first time in its 137-year history, the Awards will be accompanied by a public festival.
The International Brewing & Cider Festival will be a two-day ticketed event for the public, showcasing the range of beers and ciders entered into the competition from around the world, together with local manufacturers. Tickets go on sale in November. Registration for the Awards will open in October 2023 and close on 1 February 2024. Check the site for details.
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Founded in 1886, The International Brewing & Cider Awards takes place every two years and has been the gold standard in rewarding the passion and craftsmanship of breweries and cidermakers across the world.
Its 2021 Awards attracted entries from worldwide breweries and cider mills, with winners coming from countries including Australia, China, Japan, Luxembourg, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, USA and the UK.
The expansion into Manchester, and the launch of the first International Brewing & Cider Festival, is a big milestone in the Awards’ commitment to promoting and supporting the brewing and cider industries.
“It is important that we innovate and expand, and our move to Manchester and the introduction of our Festival is part of that evolution,” states Ruth Evans MBE, Director of the International Brewing & Cider Awards. “The city has a rich history in brewing and an up-and-coming cider scene making it a fitting location for the expansion of our Awards. After being at our previous location in Burton-Upon-Trent for a decade, we now look forward to invigorating the competition, with an aim to further expand the Awards and forge valuable new partnerships with local organizations and community stakeholders.”
The Festival will take place following the end of the competition, on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23, offering for the first time a rare opportunity for attendees to taste such a wide range of local, national and international products, including award-winning beer and cider from the Awards.