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2018 Winners Announced

Top Beers Of 2018 By Quality, Value and Package Are Here.
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2018 Top Beers At USA Beer Ratings Announced.

About USA Beer Ratings

USA Beer Ratings: Beers judged by Quality, Value, and Package.

The new Beer Ratings looks to set a new benchmark for award-winning beer by assessing them for their quality, their value for their money and what they look like with their packaging and design.

We’re told to never judge a book by its cover. Which is very much the approach taken by the majority of beer competitions around the world that only judge a beer by how it tastes, with no consideration at all for what it looks like, and often how much it costs.

Beverage Trade Network hopes to change all that with its new global awards initiative, the USA Beer Ratings (UBR).

Key Dates

Super Early Bird Registration Ends: November 30, 2018
Domestic Registration Ends: June 10, 2019
International Registration Ends: April 30, 2019
Warehouse Closes For Samples: June 30, 2019
Judging: July 21-22, 2019
Winners Announced: August 19, 2019

For a beer to stand out in the USA Beer Ratings it has to perform well in each of three separate judging criteria:

Quality. All beers will be initially tasted blind to assess their quality and how drinkable they are they for consumers in their target area.

Value for money.  Beers will then be assessed to see how much value for money they are offering their target wine drinkers at that price point.

Packaging and design. As the majority of beer is bought with our eyes, the USA Beer Ratings will recognise beers that stand out on the shelf, or on a back bar, and will assess how well suited that design or packaging is to their target consumer group and at that price point.

Key Dates

Super Early Bird Registration Ends: November 30, 2018
Domestic Registration Ends: June 10, 2019
International Registration Ends: April 30, 2019
Warehouse Closes For Samples: June 30, 2019
Judging: July 21-22, 2019
Winners Announced: August 19, 2019

Key Dates

Super Early Bird Registration Ends: November 30, 2018
Domestic Registration Ends: June 10, 2019
International Registration Ends: April 30, 2019
Warehouse Closes For Samples: June 30, 2019
Judging: July 21-22, 2019
Winners Announced: August 19, 2019

Fee Schedule

$60 - Till November 30, 2018 (Super early bird pricing)
$75 - December 31, 2018 to February 28, 2019
$90 - From March 1, 2019 Onwards

The USA Beer Ratings looks to recognize, reward and help promote beer brands that have successfully been created to identify with and target a specific beer drinker. For any beer brand to earn its place on a retailer’s shelf or a restaurant’s beer list - and then vitally stay there - they need to be marketable and consumer driven and not just produced in the general hope it can find enough people willing to sell and buy it.

Judges

Meet our 2018 Judges

Awards

USA Beer Ratings Medals
Gold Medal

Gold
+90 Points

Silver Medal

Silver
+80 Points

Bronze Medal

Bronze
+70 Points

Judging Formula

To win a USA Beer Ratings award you will need to score highly in all three areas of our judging criteria. You might have an outstanding quality beer, but if the price and packaging is not right, you will not be recognized by the USA Ratings. There is no point, for example, in having a 95 point beer if it does not look good or offer consumers great value for money. Those points mean it will remain highly respected within the trade, but it will also remain largely unsold on the shelf or languishing on a restaurant’s beer list.

That is why USA Beer Ratings is the leading beer competition in the US market with the rationale to rate beer per the preferences of the consumer and trade and rewarding beer as such. Beer entries will be judged by their Quality, Value and Packaging.

Scoring System

Q (Quality Score) + Value Score (V) + Packaging Score (P) = USA Beer Ratings Score.

A separate weighted score will be given for each of the three parts of the judging process. The scores will be added up to give a final score from which individual prizes will be awarded.

Quality Score: will be marked out of 50

Value Score: will be marked out of 25

Package Score: will be marked out of 25

Quality Score

Quality will be assessed based on how agreeable the beer is for its target customer and chemical analysis. UBR will measure quality by Appearance, Aroma, Body, Taste and Aftertaste.

Value Score

Value in this context means how well the beer is priced based on its quality. If you think it offers excellent value, the score should be close to 100 of 100 and if you think it should be priced lower, then the score should be low. The metric to be used here is the retail price vs quality.

Packaging Score

Packaging in this context is measured by how well you think the beer will be perceived by the consumer. This includes label, bottle colour, bottle shape and closure. This does not involve boxes, cartons and bags. It is how you think the product will be perceived when placed on a beer shelf amongst thousands of other beers.

Who are the Judges?

The USA Beer Ratings will be assessed and judged by a leading panel of top-level beer buyers with current direct commercial buying responsibility. The list of judges will be drawn from leading retail chains, wholesalers, distributors and on-trade groups across a variety of channels and disciplines including multiple retailing, convenience stores, cash and carries, specialist retailers, casual and fine dining, hospitality and the travel industry.

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