2023 Honey Beer Competition


2023 Honey Beer Competition

The National Honey Board is in search of the best beers made with honey for the 2023 Honey Beer Competition.

The Honey Beer Competition is a BJCP sanctioned competition hosted by the National Honey Board to recognize the best honey beers in the country.

The Honey Beer Competition is open to all active breweries operating within the United States that commercially produce honey beers in the following categories: general ale, general lager, Belgian-style ales, fruit, vegetable and spice beer, stouts and porters, IPAs, braggots,  wheat beers, sours, barrel aged, hard seltzers, ciders and other. Multiple entries per category will be accepted.

Registration for the competition is free! However, all registrations must be submitted by the entry deadline June 30, 2023. Each brewery may submit multiple entries per category into the competition as long as the styles are within our guidelines. The 2023 Honey Beer Competition will be limited to 300 entries. All applicants must complete the required entry form below to be considered registered for the competition.

All entries will receive BJCP judges notes.

All entries will be judged for the beer and for the packaging.

All winners will receive a physical medal and a digital seal for use on packaging and promotional materials.

Shipping dates will be July 10-21, 2023.

Shipping address: TBA

All entrants must submit at least three 12oz bottles.

Each entrant is responsible for shipping costs.

Please note that your shipment must arrive before the final shipping date for the competition organizers to ensure they are judged. Late entries are subject to not being judged.


General Lagers

Smoke beers, pilsners, amber lager, helles, Oktoberfest beers, Vienna lagers, Maerzen, Dunkel, Bocks, Dopplebocks and other general lagers.

General Ales

Golden / blonde ales, kolsch, pale ales, red ales, scotch ales, cream ales and other general ales.

Amber/Brown Ales

American amber ale, American brown ale and California common.

Belgian-Style Ales

Belgian-style blond or pale ale, Belgian-style witbiers,  saisons, Biere de Garde, Belgian-style dubbels, Belgian-style tripels, Belgian-style quadrupels and other Belgian-style ales.

Fruit, Vegetable and Spice Beers

American-style fruit beers, fruit wheat beers, Belgian-style fruit beers, pumpkin beers, herb and spice beers and other fruit and vegetable beers.


American-style IPAs, Double IPAs, specialty IPAs and other IPAs.


A blend of mead and beer with a sweet flavor profile, or a beer where 25% of the fermentables come from honey.

Stouts and Porters

Brown porter, robust porter, American-style stouts, oatmeal stouts, imperial stouts, cream stouts and other porters and stouts.

Wheat Beer

American-style wheat beer, German-style wheat ale and other wheat beers.

Historical Beer

Beers in this category include established historical beers made with honey, and/or brewing traditions from any era or part of the world that don’t fit within another beer style defined within these guidelines. Examples include Kotbusser, Kvass, Gruit, Sahti or others.


American-style sour ales, brett beers, fruited American-style sour ales, Mixed culture brett beers, gose, Belgian-style lambic our sour ales and other sour beers.

Other Beers

Chocolate beers, coffee beers, strong beers, experimental beers, barley wines and other unclassified beers.


Any lager, ale or hybrid beer that has been aged for a period of time in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood.

Hard Seltzer

Hard seltzer, spiked seltzer or hard sparkling water made with honey.


No subcategories available.

Design / Packaging

All beers will be entered into this category and judged on the use of honey and honey bee imagery in the name, graphics and description of the beer.

*Categories may be combined if there are not enough entries to judge in that category. In the event of combined categories, judges will be advised of the original category and instructed to judge the entry according to the original category.

  • Fill out the registration form on the following page by June 30, 2023 (The 2023 Honey Beer Competition will be limited to 300 entries)
  • Submit at least three 12oz bottles or cans to: (to be announced after online registration closes, June 30, 2023)
  • Breweries may submit multiple entries per category, but each beer may only be entered in one category.
  • Beers must be brewed with honey at some point in the brewing process
  • Brewery must be operational, which means that it must be actively brewing beer in a licensed/permitted location
  • Brewery must have a federal TTB (U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau) Basic Permit/Brewers Notice
  • Beers must be commercially available
  • Beers must be available in the United States
  • Entrants will be responsible for shipping costs
  • Shipments must include a note or label inside the box that includes the brewery’s name, name of beer and category which you wish to compete
  • Submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or that constitutes copyright or trademark infringement
  • Submission must not disparage sponsor or its competitors, administrator, any other person or party affiliated with the program or any other person or entity
  • Submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortuous, defamatory, slanderous or libelous
  • Submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age
  • Submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any state where submission is created.

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Submissions generated by script, macro or other automated means are void. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of an online entrant, such Entry will be deemed to be made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” is deemed as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an internet access provider, service provider or other online organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. Neither Sponsor, Administrator, nor its agencies are responsible for late, stolen, illegible, misdirected, or non-delivered entries; or for lost, interrupted or unavailable satellite, network, server, Internet Service Provider (ISP), website or other connections availability, accessibility or traffic congestion, or miscommunications, or failed computer, network, telephone, satellite, or cable hardware, software or lines, or technical failure, or jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected transmissions, or computer hardware or software malfunctions, failures or difficulties, or other errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical, electronic or network, or the incorrect or inaccurate capture of Entry or other information or the failure to capture, or loss of, any such information. Neither Sponsor, Administrator, nor its agencies are responsible for any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by website users, or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Program and assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect or delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or tampering with or hacking of website.

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