NC Brewers Cup (Commercial Competition)

Hey all! I’m just passing this on from the NC Brewers Guild:

Greetings from the NC Craft Brewers Guild!

The 2020 NC Brewers Cup Competition, sponsored by ABS Commercial and Pro Refrigeration, Inc., will be held this August 15-16. Because of the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in this year due to COVID, the competition will look a little different this year …

Competition judging will be distributed across three locations on the same weekend in order to 1) reduce the density of participants in any one location & facilitate social distancing, and 2) remove the need for hotel stays.

Judging will be held at the following three locations on August 15 & 16 (Saturday & Sunday):

Triangle Region – The Cookery, Durham
Charlotte Region – NoDa Brewing Company, Charlotte
Asheville Region – Highland Brewing Company, Asheville

We are seeking volunteers to serve as judges and stewards for all three locations. Participants should register for the site that is most convenient to their home.

In exchange for your time, we’ll provide an individually packaged lunch, tasty beer, and competition fun (including great NCBeer merch giveaways!)

The schedule:

August 12 (Wednesday): Entry Inventory (Durham location only)
August 15 and 16 (Saturday and Sunday): Competition Judging (Durham, Charlotte, Asheville)


In addition to reducing the number of people at each location, and removing the need for hotel stays, we will be observing the following safety guidelines:

Face covering requirement when not seated at judging tables, or eating lunch.

All volunteers will observe social distancing of 6′ feet.

Symptom screening at start of each volunteer shift

Lunch will be individually packaged (no buffet or shared food/utensils)

1 pair of judges per table (4 judging tables per location)

Judges will be paired for the entirety of the day in order to minimize contact. (Can’t stay all-day? Contact Kevin Thorngren at

The Final Best of Show (BOS) judging round will be held on Saturday, August 22nd at the Pro Refrigeration location in Mocksville, NC. (Registration for the Final BOS judging round will be held separately.)

Questions??? Please contact Kevin Thorngren at or Lisa Parker at

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