Can Can Awards, the only beer judging competition in the world just for canned beer, has announced that registration is open now until June 5, and cost is $49 per submission, with no limit on number of submissions allowed. Judging will take place June 12-14 at Hop City Craft Beer & Wine located in the Historic West End in Atlanta. Breweries from around the world are invited to participate.
The organizers continue to promote the benefits of canned beer while recognizing and rewarding participating breweries through the use of BJCP- and Cicerone-certified judges and industry professionals.
Cool changes for this year
The Can Can Awards continues to grow as an industry reference for canned beer with last years’ participation including more than 450 submissions from around the globe. The coordinators say there will be a few changes to this year’s competition:
Increasing the number of beer style categories a brewery can compete in from 47 to 150, primarily defined by the most recent BJCP style guide.
Promoting and encouraging the participation of women in the beer industry by establishing a goal of having at least 50 percent of the 2020 Can Can Awards Judges represented by women.
Offering an optional supplemental competition that will involve the judging of Beer Can Artwork, Logo Design and Beer Name by marketing, design and industry experts. Breweries will be able to include any of their submitted canned beers to this competition for a minimal charge. All proceeds from this add-on competition will be donated to a local organization that specializes in affordable housing for single parents in need.
Adding a third day of judging and increasing the number of participating judges, due to the anticipated increase submissions.
How the competition works
The Can Can Awards accomplishes this by inviting BJCP- and Cicerone- certified Judges, as well as beer industry professionals, to blindly sample canned beers submitted from breweries and brewpubs around the world. Each beer is submitted to a specific category. Beers are assigned to Judges with specific and applicable experience with the particular category in question. The Judges Panel sips submitted beers and interprets each through detailed scoring in order to award Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to the three beers that best represent each individual style category of beers. Judges are never able to judge their own products or any products with any relation to them.