The 9th annual competition of the national awards program for Scottish brewing is now underway. It is gearing up to shine a spotlight on the ever-expanding selection of top-tier Scottish beers. Get ready to celebrate the best of Scottish brewing excellence!

The Scottish Beer Awards stands as the premier competition in Scotland within its category, boasting an extensive judging panel tasked with evaluating approximately 300 beers from around 30 breweries annually.

In the highly regarded taste competition, only three products in each taste category achieve medals, making the Scottish Beer Awards highly sought after and tough to win. Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards are presented to the three highest scoring beers as assessed by the judges.

The judging will be chaired for the 9th year by Hilary Jones, Chair of the judging panel.

Breweries have until Wednesday 8th May 2024 to complete their submissions. For more information on the 2024 programme including the category line-up, entry guide and terms and conditions go to the Scottish Beer Awards website.

The winners will be announced at the Scottish Beer Awards celebration which will take place at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Glasgow Central on Wednesday 11th September 2024. The awards will again support the BEN, the Benevolent Society of the Licensed Trade of Scotland.

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2024 Taste Categories:

Best Lager
Best Pilsner
Best Pale Ale
Best No Alcohol Beer (0.5% ABV and Under)
Best Low Alcohol Beer (0.6% - 2,7% ABV)
Best IPA (5.6% - 7.4%)
Best Session Beer (2.8% - 5.2%)
Best British Style Ale
Best Amber or Dark Ale (3.5% - 7.0%)
Best Porter or Stout (Up to 6.4%)
Best Strong Beer (Above 6.5%)
Best Sour Beer
Best Fruit Forward
Best Barrel Aged Beer
Best Juicy or Hazy Beer
Best Double or Triple IPA (7.5% and Above)
Best Speciality Beer

2024 Business Categories:

Scottish Brewery of the Year
Scottish Small Brewery of the Year
Product Development Team of the Year
Best Beer Desintation
Excellence in Marketing

Product Delivery Details:

Taste Categories: Please deliver 18 x 330ml / 12 x 500ml / 12 x 440ml of each entered beer to the 02 Academy, Edinburgh on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st May 2024. There will be no other delivery days available this year.

Small Brewery of the Year: Please deliver 6 x 330ml or 4 x 500ml of three products on product delivery day marked Small Brewery of the Year.

Please deliver to the O2 Academy Edinburgh on Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st May 2024 during the hours of 9.00am and 4.00pm. An event manager will meet you.