New edition

We bring you the fourth edition of the Barcelona Beer Challenge (2019), a competition of international scope that has contributed to, along with other initiatives, bringing to a new level of recognition and visibility for the best quality beers. This new edition is born out of the desire to continuing promotion and giving visibility to this industry; a task that began with the first edition of the Barcelona Beer Challenge.

Download the BB18’s brief dossier

Impact of the previous edition

The 2018 BBC edition was attended by 200 breweries which submitted over 1,000 beer references to the competition, from 20 different countries. , representing all existing categories (34) in the BJCP catalogue. That reflects successful levels of participation of this contest which consolidates the awards that recognize, certify and disseminate the quality of beers that offer the highest standards quality. These awards are guaranteed by a jury with specific qualifications and training, achieve that the decisions of this one suppose to national and international recognition of the awarded beers.

Origin of the contest

The BBC, inspired by different beer competitions worldwide, aims to make a contribution to the task of spreading information about quality beers across our country. This work, which comes from several areas in the brewing sector, needs adequate distinction tools to use them as an icon of quality within the market.

So, the BBC competition has been born under the organizational umbrella of the Barcelona Beer Festival: the main sector event in the entire country and one of the most important in south-Europe, attracting 33.000 visitors in one weekend and where the best national and international breweries are taking part.

The synergy between the contest and the festival generates a meaningful media impact; getting that the message reach the society through the notoriety achieved in the press.

Contest objectives

The main objectives of the BBC are:

  • Recognize those beers that are brewed respecting high quality standards and in a faithful manner to the different styles they represent.
  • Contribute to the professionalization of beer sector, keeping a certified professional jury that use internationally certified tasting protocols.
  • Guiding the consumer, both nationally and internationally, when buying beer within the current wide range.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of beer culture through award-winning beers, regarding their diversity of styles and also the quality that are offering.


The BBC awards recognize, certify and disseminate the quality of beers. These awards and recognitions are granted by the jury with specific training and qualifications so that the decisions of the jury enjoy the national and international recognition that corresponds to them.

The BBC will therefore also be a space for sharing experiences and will work as a tool to stimulate creativity among brewers. Our evaluation methodology ensures a dedication to each beer higher than the average of other contests, so the various opinions of the judges can be robustly evaluated.

The BBC awards also aim to spread the beer culture among consumers, as well as to guide them in the acquisition of high quality beers among the wide range of beers available in the market. With this objective, the winners (and for each award-winning beer) will be provided with a logo that can be inserted into: their labels, digital platforms, promotional materials, packaging, web, etc. A distinctive seal that will provide information and help make the award-winning beers visible.

Dead lines BBC 2019

  • Entries Deadline:
  • 11th January
  • Bottle Deadlines:
  • 14th & 18th January both included
  • Judging Begins:
  • 25th, 26th and 27th January
  • Communication of winners:
  • 16th March in the BBF

Brief description of BBC 2018

Barcelona Beer Festival

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