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Beer Competition Now Accepting Entries

Released: January 17, 2017

DEL MAR, CA – The 11th annual San Diego International Beer Competition is now accepting entries of mead, cider and beer from licensed breweries, brewpubs, meaderies and cideries. Breweries that compete are eligible to have their brands served at the 2017 San Diego International Beer Festival (SDIBF), June 16 –18, during the San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons.

The competition is the largest of its kind on the U.S. West Coast featuring more than 1,300 entries from more than 200 breweries across the globe. For more than a decade, it has earned industry praise, prominence and distinction in the United States and throughout the world. This year’s competition has expanded categories in Coffee Beer, Herb and Spice, Historical and Pale Ale.

Beer industry professionals and brewery employees may volunteer to judge and evaluate competition entries from more than 25 states and 10 countries. Judging is April 21-22 and includes three judging sessions with lunch served on both days. Those interested in judging may register at

Online-only registration is open at: There is a $48 non-refundable processing fee for each entry, and an eight-entry maximum. Deadline for entry is Friday, March 10 by 11:59 p.m. (PDT). Results will be released by May 2, except for Best of Show which will be announced during the awards ceremony on June 17 at the festival stage.

The San Diego International Beer Festival, (SDIBF), in June will feature five tasting sessions over three days. Each session offers four hours of unlimited sampling from hundreds of beers from around the world, including many from San Diego’s world-famous craft brewing community. VIP tickets offer additional perks, including food pairings, a souvenir 6 oz. sampling glass and more. Entertainment, beer-themed vendors and educational sessions are included in the price of admission. Tickets for the 2017 Festival go on sale March 18 and include entry to the San Diego County Fair.

About The San Diego International Beer Competition & Festival
The San Diego International Beer Festival is produced by the 22nd District Agricultural Association in conjunction with the San Diego County Fair; 2017 marks the 11th year of competition and festival. The international competition is open to any licensed brewery, brewpub or meadery. The Festival is open to the public and it features competition breweries, and is held during the annual San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, the largest county fair in the United States, drawing more than 1.6 million visitors annually.

For more information, please contact:
Shawn Feisst
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