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Call for Entries for the Inaugural Alltech Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup; First Professional Craft Beer Competition in Kentucky


WHAT:  The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest presents the first annual Alltech Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup competition. Following the success of the second annual international Dublin Craft Beer Cup in Ireland in February, Alltech is bringing the excitement and passion back home to the Bluegrass with the first professional craft beer competition in Kentucky. Brewers from around the globe will face off as their craft brews of all styles are judged by a panel of industry veterans for gold, silver and bronze medals. From these winners, only one beer and brewery will be awarded the Alltech Commonwealth Craft Beer Cup.

WHO:  Any craft brewery as defined by the Brewers Association is welcome to enter. If you are not sure if your product qualifies, please contact Phil Hardy at To see the listing of beer styles and corresponding categories, visit the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest Rules and Regulations page. 

WHEN:  Judging will take place on Thursday, May 15 and Friday, May 16. Winners will be announced during the Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fest Saturday, May 17 at the Lexington Convention Center in downtown Lexington, Ky.  Online registration closes Wednesday, May 7.

WHERE:  Entries within the United States with the Bottle Identification Form must be sent by Friday, May 9 to the below address.

Please ship entries to the following address:

Alltech Lexington Brewing and Distilling Co.

Attn: Phil Hardy

475 Angliana Ave.

Lexington, KY 40508


International entrants can send their entries to Alltech’s Dunboyne Office in Ireland at:

Alltech European Bioscience Centre


Summerhill Road,


Co. Meath


All entrants must arrive to Dunboyne by April 28th

MORE:  Judging of the entries will be carried out by up to four qualified judges. All judging will follow standard beer judging procedures. Medals will be awarded based on the score the beer receives. Additional prize details will be announced on the website closer to the competition date. Entry cost for one brew is $30; two, $55; three, $75; and four, $95. Register at