Rules

CICA Competition

International Competition of Craft Beers

SEXTA EDICIÓN DEL CICA

We invite you to the Sixth Edition of CICA (ICCB) (International Competition of Craft Beers), whose objective is to award the best commercially produced beer.

These Rules explain the criteria for participation and assessment of the beers and how the competition functions (works). Questions will be resolved by email and submitted via this address: hola@concursocica.es

The competition jury comprises of BJCP judges and recognized members of the international and national beer community.  The judges conduct blind testings to determine the winners in each group/category. At least 3 judges will taste each beer.

Each beer will be judged in function to its accuracy to the style category it represents (it is very important to choose the correct category/style/sub-style when registering each beer). The style are divided into 5 large groups, each one composed of various categories and sub-categories in accordance with the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP, 2015 edition). (see Annex: STYLES).

In the event of there being more than 5 beers of one same category or sub-category, these beers will be judged separately under its own category, thus creating a new group of winners.

The tastings will take place on the 25 and 26 September 2021.

The awards ceremony will take place on 9 October 2021 at 18:00 hrs, in Spain Beermad (Madrid craft beer market)

From 11 October onwards an email will be sent to the participants with the judge’s scores and ratings.

This competition is organized by Momentos Cerveceros, with the collaboration of Beer Awards Platform (BAP), different associations of craft brewers in EFurope as

Independent Brewers of Ireland
SIBA, The Society of Independent Brewers, (SIBA) UK
Syndicat National des Brasseurs Indépendants, (SNBI) France
Unionbirrai, Italy
Scanian Beverage Producers, Sweden
Det Fri Øl, Denmark
Craft Brewers Netherlands
Czech and Moravian Microbreweries Association, Czech Republic
La Asociación Española de Cerveceras Artesanas Independientes (AECAI)

As well as the lists of judges provided by BJCP.

Bases

1. BASES OF PARTICIPATION

Every participating beer must be elaborated by/in a national brewery, with a food sanitary registration, thus legally able to be distributed and sold.  The brewery must have all the necessary licenses to produce and distribute.  

Those brewers, who do not have their own brewery can participate under their own brand license.  In the case of winning, the award will be for the brewer who owns the brand license, not for the brewery where it was produced. Collaborations between brewers will also be accepted.

One of the collaborating breweries should register the beer in their name and. If wished, indicating that it is a collaboration.

Any brewery/participant that do not follow these requirements will be disqualified and forfeit the registration fee.

The contest is organized by Momentos Cerveceros, with the collaboration of the Beer Awards Platform (BAP), the associations of European craft brewers:

  • The Spanish Association of Independent Craft Brewers (AECAI)
  • Independent Brewers of Ireland
  • The Society of Independent Brewers, (SIBA) UK
  • Syndicat National des Brasseurs Indépendants, (SNBI) France
  • Unionbirrai, Italy
  • Scanian Beverage Producers, Sweden
  • Det Fri Øl, Denmark
  • Craft Brewers Netherlands
  • Czech and Moravian Microbreweries Association, Czech Republic

And endorsed by the Association of Beer Sommeliers of Spain, AEBSCC.

2. REGISTRATION (WE RECOMMEND TO REGISTER IN ADVANCED)

The participating breweries can register as many beers as they wish.

Registration will be accepted upon completing the on-line form at www.concursocica.es:

  • Name of the brewery
  • Name of the beer
  • Category and sub-category of the beer, in accordance with the list of types (Annex Types) For example, Category 2 – sub-category 28 – International Amber Lager
  • Amount of Alchohol by volume
  • Date of production / Bottled or Canned
  • Characteristics  (option) :  yeast type, IBU, EBC/SRM, any special technique used (dry hopping, hopback, filter, pasteurization)

Once the form has been received the participant will receive an invoice to finalize the registration.

Registration closes 31 July 2021.

3. SHIPPING OF THE BEERS

Once proof of payment for registration has been received, the organizers will email the coded stickers to identify each participating beer. The brewer should print and attach them to each bottle/can.  The following are accepted:  6 bottles/cans of 33cl., 4 bottles/cans of 50 cl., or 3 bottles/cans of 66 or 75 cl.

The beers should be shipped in bottles/cans without its own label, just with the competition stickers from the organizers placed visibly on the bottle/can as it will be the judges who open each bottle/can. Any identifiable graphic on the bottle cap should be permanently covered (sticker, paint, etc).  The organization has the right to disqualify the beers that do not comply with these conditions.  

A competition sticker should be placed on the outside of the packaging.  In the case of there being various beers in the same package, a sticker for each should also be adhered.

Shipping address:

CICA 2021
HOTEL ZAFIRO CAN PICAFORT
Calle CAMP D’AVALL, S/N
07458 – CAN PICAFORT (BALEARES)
Personas de contacto: DANIEL MARTORELL 629 657 820 / LORENA VACA 678 412 036

The beers should be received between the 1st and 15 of September 2021.

The shipping cost will be covered by the participant. The organizers are not responsible for deliveries out of time, breakage or loss. In the case of a foreseeable shipping problems the organizers will advise the brewery as soon as possible, but it is the responsibility of the brewery to shipping new samples before closing date.  We therefore recommend advance shipping of the samples.   

4. REGISTRATION FEES

The registration fee is € 49 (VAT included) for each reference.
This year exceptionally and to support the sector, you can get a discount of € 25 per reference if more than 3 references per brewery are registered.

Example: 1 registration = € 49, 2 registrations = € 98, 3 registrations = € 122, 4 registrations = € 146, 5 registrations = € 170, 6 registrations = € 194 …

5. AWARDS

Medals will be awarded to the 3 best beers in each category.

The competition will also award 2 special prizes:  Best Brewery of the Year and Best Beer of the Year.

The medal to the Best Brewery is determined by the amount of medals it is awarded. Following is the criteria used in granting points:  

  1. Largest amount of points obtained:  Gold (3 points), Silver (2 points), Bronze (1 point)
  2. Largest amount of Gold Medals
  3. Largest amount of medals.

The 2nd and 3rd criteria can affect the scoring in that  1 Gold and 2 Bronze are worth more than 1 Gold and 1 Silver, while 2 Golds are worth more than 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.

The Trophy for the Best Beer is awarded to that which achieves the highest score among the beers presented in the Competition.

Annex 1: Styles

  • 1. STANDARD AMERICAN BEER  
  • 1A. American Light Lager  
  • 1B. American Lager  
  • 1C. Cream Ale  
  • 1D. American Wheat Beer  

  • 2. INTERNATIONAL LAGER  
  • 2A. International Pale Lager  
  • 2B. International Amber Lager  
  • 2C. International Dark Lager  

  • 3. CZECH LAGER  
  • 3A. Czech Pale Lager  
  • 3B. Czech Premium Pale Lager  
  • 3C. Czech Amber Lager  
  • 3D. Czech Dark Lager  

  • 4. PALE MALTY EUROPEAN LAGER  
  • 4A. Munich Helles  
  • 4B. Festbier  
  • 4C. Helles Bock  

  • 5. PALE BITTER EUROPEAN BEER  
  • 5A. German Leichtbier  
  • 5B. Kölsch  
  • 5C. German Helles Exportbier  
  • 5D. German Pils  

  • 6. AMBER MALTY EUROPEAN LAGER  
  • 6A. Märzen  
  • 6B. Rauchbier  
  • 6C. Dunkles Bock 

  • 7. AMBER BITTER EUROPEAN BEER  
  • 7A. Vienna Lager  
  • 7B. Altbier  
  • 7C. Kellerbier  
    Kellerbier: Pale Kellerbier  
    Kellerbier: Amber Kellerbier  
  • 8. DARK EUROPEAN LAGER  
  • 8A. Munich Dunkel  
  • 8B. Schwarzbier  

  • 9. STRONG EUROPEAN BEER  
  • 9A. Doppelbock  
  • 9B. Eisbock  
  • 9C. Baltic Porter  

  • 10. GERMAN WHEAT BEER  
  • 10A. Weissbier  
  • 10B. Dunkles Weissbier 
  • 10C. Weizenbock  

  • 11. BRITISH BITTER  
  • 11A. Ordinary Bitter  
  • 11B. Best Bitter  
  • 11C. Strong Bitter  

  • 12. PALE COMMONWEALTH BEER 
  • 12A. British Golden Ale  
  • 12B. Australian Sparkling Ale  
  • 12C. English IPA  

  • 13. BROWN BRITISH BEER  
  • 13A. Dark Mild  
  • 13B. British Brown Ale  
  • 13C. English Porter 

  • 14. SCOTTISH ALE  
  • 14A. Scottish Light  
  • 14B. Scottish Heavy  
  • 14C. Scottish Export  

  • 15. IRISH BEER  
  • 15A. Irish Red Ale  
  • 15B. Irish Stout  
  • 15C. Irish Extra Stout  
  • 16. DARK BRITISH BEER  
  • 16A. Sweet Stout  
  • 16B. Oatmeal Stout 
  • 16C. Tropical Stout  
  • 16D. Foreign Extra Stout  

  • 17. STRONG BRITISH ALE  
  • 17A. British Strong Ale 
  • 17B. Old Ale  
  • 17C. Wee Heavy  
  • 17D. English Barleywine  

  • 18. PALE AMERICAN ALE 
  • 18A. Blonde Ale  
  • 18B. American Pale Ale  

  • 19. AMBER AND BROWN AMERICAN BEER 
  • 19A. American Amber Ale  
  • 19B. California Common  
  • 19C. American Brown Ale 

  • 20. AMERICAN PORTER AND STOUT 
  • 20A. American Porter  
  • 20B. American Stout  
  • 20C. Imperial Stout  

  • 21. IPA 
  • 21A. American IPA  
  • 21B. Specialty IPA  
    Specialty IPA: Belgian IPA  
    Specialty IPA: Black IPA  
    Specialty IPA: Brown IPA  
    Specialty IPA: Red IPA 
    Specialty IPA: Rye IPA  
    Specialty IPA: White IPA  
  • 22. STRONG AMERICAN ALE 
  • 22A. Double IPA  
  • 22B. American Strong Ale  
  • 22C. American Barleywine  
  • 22D. Wheatwine  

  • 23. EUROPEAN SOUR ALE  
  • 23A. Berliner Weisse  
  • 23B. Flanders Red Ale  
  • 23C. Oud Bruin  
  • 23D. Lambic  
  • 23E. Gueuze  
  • 23F. Fruit Lambic  

  • 24. BELGIAN ALE  
  • 24A. Witbier  
  • 24B. Belgian Pale Ale  
  • 24C. Bière de Garde  

  • 25. STRONG BELGIAN ALE  
  • 25A. Belgian Blond Ale  
  • 25B. Saison  
  • 25C. Belgian Golden Strong Ale  

  • 26. TRAPPIST ALE  
  • 26A. Trappist Single  
  • 26B. Belgian Dubbel 
  • 26C. Belgian Tripel  
  • 26D. Belgian Dark Strong Ale  
  • 27. HISTORICAL BEER  
  • Historical Beer: Gose  
  • Historical Beer: Kentucky Common  
  • Historical Beer: Lichtenhainer  
  • Historical Beer: London Brown Ale  
  • Historical Beer: Piwo Grodziskie  
  • Historical Beer: Pre-Prohibition Lager  
  • Historical Beer: Pre-Prohibition Porter  
  • Historical Beer: Roggenbier  
  • Historical Beer: Sahti  

  • 28. AMERICAN WILD ALE  
  • 28A. Brett Beer  
  • 28B. Mixed-Fermentation Sour Beer 
  • 28C. Wild Specialty Beer  

  • 29. FRUIT BEER  
  • 29A. Fruit Beer  
  • 29B. Fruit and Spice Beer  
  • 29C. Specialty Fruit Beer  

  • 30. SPICED BEER 
  • 30A. Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer  
  • 30B. Autumn Seasonal Beer  
  • 30C. Winter Seasonal Beer 

  • 31. ALTERNATIVE FERMENTABLES BEER  
  • 31A. Alternative Grain Beer  
  • 31B. Alternative Sugar Beer  

  • 32. SMOKED BEER  
  • 32A. Classic Style Smoked Beer  
  • 32B. Specialty Smoked Beer 67 

  • 33. WOOD BEER  
  • 33A. Wood-Aged Beer  
  • 33B. Specialty Wood-Aged Beer  
  • 34. SPECIALTY BEER  
  • 34A. Clone Beer  
  • 34B. Mixed-Style Beer  
  • 34C. Experimental Beer
  • X3 Italian Grape Ale