Greater Poland Beer Cup Rules and Regulations

RULES AND REGULATIONS OF “GREATER POLAND” BEER CUP 2023



§1

ORGANISER


  1. The organiser of Greater Poland Beer Cup 2023 contest (hereinafter referred to as GPBC) is Targi Piwne sp. z o.o., ul. Głogowska 31/33, 60-702 Poznań, KRS 0000675606, REGON 367151832.


§2

DURATION, PLACE AND MANNER OF HOLDING THE CONTEST


  1. The contest will be held on 13-14 October 2023 in Poznań. If more than 10 beers are entered into the given category, the Head of the Jury may decide to run a qualifying round, out of which not more than 10 beers will be qualified for the final round. 


  1. The GPBC 2023 contest will be held in 49 beer categories:


  • Wheat and rye beer


1. Witbier (>10 Plato)

2. Weizen (10-14 Plato)

3. Wheat and rye beer (other) (extract – no restrictions)



  • Pale Lagers


4. Pale Lager (9-13 Plato)

5. Bohemian Pils (9-13 Plato)

6. German Pils (11-12,5 Plato)

7. Amber Lager (11-16 Plato) 

8. Pale Lager (other) (extract – no restrictions)


  • Dark Lagers


9. Bock (15-22 Plato)

10. Baltic Porter (18-22 Plato)

11. Imperial Baltic Porter (>22 Plato)

12. Dark Lager – (other) (extract – no restrictions)


  • Polish Lagers / Ale


13. Beers based on Polish hops (extract – no restrictions)


  • American Pale Ale


14. American Pale Ale – APA (9-15 Plato)

15. American Pale with additives (other) (extract – no restrictions)


  • India Pale Ale


16. American IPA (10-18 Plato)

17. Hazy IPA / NEIPA (10-18 Plato)

18. IPA with additives (extract – no restrictions)

19. Double IPA (18-23 Plato)

20. IPA (others) (extract – no restrictions)


  • Belgian  


21. Belgian beer (<20 Plato)

22. Strong Belgian beers (>15 Plato)


  • British 


23. British beer (9-16 Plato)

24. Strong British beer (>18 Plato)


  • Sour


25. Berliner Weisse, Gose, Sour Ale (8-17 Plato)

26. Fruit Sour Ale (10-19 Plato)

27. Pastry Sour (>8 Plato)

28. Gose/ Berliner Weisse with additions (7-16 Plato)


  • Stout


29. Stout (9-16 Plato)

30. Stout / Sweet Stout with additives (9-20 Plato)

31. Foreign Extra Stout – FES (17-20 Plato)

32. Pastry Stout (>11 Plato)

33. Imperial Stout (>20 Plato)


  • Historical beer


34. Historical beer (extract – no restrictions)


  • Non-alcohol and low-alcohol beer


35. Non-alcoholic beer (≤0,5% alc.)

36. Low-alcohol beer (0,6-2,5% alc.)


  • Smoked beers


37. Grodziskie beer (7-12 Plato) 

38. Smoked beer (extract – no restrictions)

39. Smoked Stout/Porter (extract – no restrictions)



  • Barrel aged beer 


40. Baltic Porter Barrel Aged (extract – no restrictions)

41. Wild Ale Barrel Aged (extract – no restrictions)

42. Barrel Aged (other, extract – no restrictions)


  • other beers


43. Wild Ale (extract – no restrictions)

44. Ice beer (extract – no restrictions)

45. Beers with additions – herbs, teas, spices, honey (extract – no restrictions)

46. Beers with additions – fruits 

47. Beers with additions – vegetables 

48. Beers with additions – hemp

49. Ale – top-fermentation (others) (extract – no restrictions)


  1. Each brewery may enter into the contest any number of products in each category. One product can only be entered into one category – the same product cannot be entered into different categories.


  1. The organisers reserve the right to assign beer to the most appropriate category. In case of exceptionally high or low number of entries into a given category, the organiser reserves the right to change the category: it may be divided or connected.


  1. The beers entered into the contest will be evaluated on special competition sheets with reference to the style guidelines in accordance with BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program). The brewery will receive feedback concerning all entered beers. 


  1. It is allowed to enter a beer with the original extract of ± 0,5°Blg with reference to the range specified for particular beer styles listed in the regulations. 



§3

ENTRIES

  1. The contest is open to all breweries that are currently active whose products are available on the market.


  1. Beers can be entered into the contest by completing and sending the application form, which will be available until September 30th, 2023 on the website: https://targipiwne.pl/ 


  1. There is an entry fee for participation in the competition. The cost of entering a beer into GPBC is:

  • 180 net PLN (+23% VAT) / 40 EUR (+23% VAT) for each beer entered before August 14th, 2023

  • 200 net PLN (+23% VAT) / 43 EUR (+23% VAT) for each beer entered between 15-31 August, 2023

  • 240 net PLN (+23% VAT) / 47 EUR (+23% VAT) for each beer entered after August 31th, 2023 or later


The fee is not reimbursable. 


  1. Each manufacturer submitting beer(s) to the Competition is allowed to send 2 company representatives, free of charge, to Poznań Beer Expo on the day of the Awards Ceremony. To claim free entrance one has to contact staff at the gates.


  1. The manufacturers which are exhibitors at Poznań Beer Expo 2023 are exempt from the fee for the first beer entered into the contest. Exemption from the fee is subject to reservation of the exhibition space at Poznań Beer Expo 2023, which has to be confirmed upon sending the contest application.


  1. In case the manufacturer resigns from the participation in Poznań Beer Expo 2023, they will be obliged to pay the fee for the beer entered into the competition in the amount of 240 net PLN. 


  1. The breweries which are members of Polskie Stowarzyszenie Browarów Rzemieślniczych will receive a 10% discount for all beers entered into the contest.


  1. The fee for all the beers entered into the contest shall be paid within 14 days from the date of completing the application form; however, not later than until September 30th, 2023, to the following bank account of the organiser:


Targi Piwne Sp. z o.o.

ul. Głogowska 31/33, 60-702 Poznań

SWIFT/BIC: IEEAPLPA

PLN transfer: PL 33 1950 0001 2006 0025 1741 0002

 EUR transfer: PL 06 1950 0001 2006 0025 1741 0003


The bank transfer title should contain the following data: GP + company name


  1. The manufacturer undertakes to deliver beer to the contest organiser between 18-30 September 2023, in the amount of 5 bottles (0.5 litre or bigger) or 8 bottles (smaller than 0.5 litre).  


  1. The manufacturer may submit beers evaluated during the Competition to Merchants Panel. Only products that scored more than 35 points will be allowed to Merchants Panel. To participate in the Merchants Panel one has to point it in the application form and send extra 5l of the produce (in bottles of any size).


  1. The bottles must contain a label or substitute label including the manufacturer’s name, product name, as well as extract and style identification.


  1. The organiser will inform the participants by e-mail to which address the packages are to be sent.


  1. All samples sent to the Competition become the Organiser’s property and will not be returned under any circumstances.


  1. The Organiser is not responsible for any damage that occurs during transportation.


  1. The Submitter is responsible for all custom fees. The organiser will not bear any costs of receiving the packages. The package and its documentation should include the clause: “Free Samples. Not for sale”.


§4 

THE JURY


  1. The beers will be assessed by the Jury composed of experienced beer judges from Poland and abroad. 


  1. The judges cannot assess their own beers entered into the contest.


§5

PRIZES


  1. Maximum three medals will be awarded in each beer category (bronze – 3rd place, silver – 2nd place and gold – 1st place). The organisers reserve the right not to award or award a smaller number of prizes in a specific category.


  1. The following prizes are awarded in each of 49 categories:

    1. For the 1st place: Diploma, GP 2023 distinction, graphic sign “Złoto GP 2023” (Gold GP 2023) to be used for the brewery’s promotion

    2. For the 2nd place: Diploma, GP 2023 distinction, graphic sign “Srebro GP 2023” (Silver GP 2023) to be used for the brewery’s promotion

    3. For the 3rd place: Diploma, GP 2023 distinction, graphic sign “Brąz GP 2023 (Bronze GP 2023) to be used for the brewery’s promotion


  1. Among the winning beers in specific categories, the jury will choose through a debate and open vote the beer which will be awarded the title “The Greatest Beer,” GP distinction, and graphic sign “The Greatest Beer” to be used for the brewery’s promotion. 


  1. Additional prizes for  “The Greatest Beer”  title winner are:

  1. the possibility of free-of-charge stand display on Poznań Beer Expo, in the edition following the edition during which the final gala of Greater Poland 2023 will take place, with the priority of choosing the place (the prize includes covering the cost of standard 3x3m stand purchase, according to the price list of Poznań Beer Expo, whereas the winner undertakes to cover all other costs associated with the participation in the Expo, such as the cost of connections, permission to sell alcohol, etc).

  2. promotional services provided by Targi Piwne Sp. z o.o. worth PLN 10,000

  3. a voucher worth PLN 2500 for Ecostand products.


  1. Among the winning beers in specific categories, the jury will choose through debate and open vote the beer which will be awarded the 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. The winners will receive the GP 2023 distinction and graphic sign GP 2023 to be used for the brewery’s promotion.


  1. The beers that will receive the highest medal (gold, silver or bronze) in each of the categories 1-48 and meet the qualification condition for the special category listed in point 10 par. 3. From among the beers that will go to the finals of the Viking Malt special category, the competition jury will select, by means of a debate and open voting, the beer that will be awarded the title of “The Greatest Viking Malt Beer”.


  1. Additional prizes for the winner of the title of “The Greatest Viking Malt Beer” are:

    1. Diploma, GP 2022 distinction, graphic sign Special Category GP 2022 to be used in the promotion of the brewery

    2. A voucher worth PLN 5,000 net to be used for the purchase of Viking Malt malts (the voucher must be used within 6 months from the date of announcing the winner. The costs of transporting the malt to the brewery will be covered by Viking Malt.)


  1. GPBC prizes will be publicly awarded during the Final Gala of Poznań Beer Expo, in the afternoon hours on 24 November 2023. If the author of the beer is absent at the gala, they may appoint a person authorised to collect the prize.


  1. Submitting beer(s) to the competition earns the participant 2 free tickets to the gala that will be held on 24 November 2023 at Poznań Beer Expo.


  1. Uncollected prizes can be collected from the Organiser after a suitable collection date and place have been arranged. 


§6

FINAL PROVISIONS


  1. The manufacturers entering their beers into GPBC hereby consent for their data to be published in contest-related information, for the personal and contact data of the authors of the beers entered into GPBC to be provided to the contest sponsors and prize founders, as well as for their name, surname and image to be used for promotion of the Greater Poland Beer Cup contest by the organiser of GPBC, i.e. Targi Piwne Sp. z o.o.


  1. The producers submitting beers to GPBC allow for publishing of evaluation sheets of their beers awarded with medals.  


  1. The organisers hereby reserve the right to change the Regulations in case any significant and unforeseen external circumstances occur. 


  1. In case of administrative restrictions resulting from the SARS-CoV-19 pandemic, making it impossible to organise the Contest in the planned form, the Organiser reserves the right to change the form of beer assessment by the Jury and the date of the Contest, or to cancel the Contest. 


  1. The change of beer assessment form or the date of the Contest does not entitle to receive reimbursement of the Contest participation fees. 


  1. In case of changed date, the Contest Participant who filled out the entry form before implementing changes into the Rules and Regulations, is allowed to implement changes into the categories of entered beers.


  1. In case of changed date, the Contest Participant who filled out the entry form and made the payment for the entered beers, before implementing changes into the Rules and Regulations, is allowed to enter one additional beer, per each 3 beers entered in the entry form, without bearing the entry costs.


  1. In case of complete cancellation of the Contest, the Organiser will reimburse the fees incurred by the Participant for the products entered into the Contest.


  1. The cancellation of Poznań Beer Expo or the cancellation of the Final Gala, referred to in p. 24 does not automatically mean cancellation of the contest. The cancellation of Poznań Beer Expo and/or the Final Gala does not entitle to receive reimbursement of the Contest participation fees referred to in p. 32.


  1. The beers submitted to the Contest before the implementation of changes or the cancellation of the Contest shall not be returned.