Entry Rules & Details


The Best Florida Beer Competition (BFBC) is open to all commercial beers brewed in the State of Florida and offered for sale in the State of Florida without significant changes or modifications to the beer recipe from the way is has been offered for sale to the public. Breweries must be fully licensed for the manufacture and commercial sale of beer in the state of Florida. Breweries must have a Brewers Notice on file with the TBB. Eligible entries must be for sale or have been poured on premise on or before January 31st, 2019.


The Best Florida Beer reserves the right to combine categories depending upon the number of entries received.

Download the 2019 Best Florida Beer Professional Competition Rules PDF


$60 per entry. Second entry of every participating brewer will be given free of charge.

*Please note that breweries are now limited to a maximum of 8 entries.

Entry fees must be received before judging on February 9th.

Medal winners are required to send or arrange for delivery of a keg of their medal-winning beers to the Brewers Ball on March 3th, 2019. BFB will make attempts to assist in shipping of cooperage to the Brewers Ball or picking up of cooperage. Brewers MUST NOT remove kegs until the end of the festival.

As noted in the “Peer Reviewed Judging” section, breweries that send a qualified representative to help judge will be given an extra free ticket to Brewer’s Ball. Maximum of two additional free tickets per brewery.


January 31st, 2019 for all entry registrations.
Entries must be dropped off or delivered by January 31st, 2019.

Entry Requirements

Three samples of beer will be required, each at least 12 ounces. This is a change from previous years. We require three samples of beer to ensure enough is available to judge all three rounds of competition without having to ask for a third bottle for Best Of Show eligible beers.

Each entry is required to have its State of Florida Brand number or the Date of First Tapping (if served at a Brewpub) and months that it is available for enjoyment by Florida consumers if it is a seasonal. Beers will be served to the judges “blind” so the type of container will not be an issue.

Carbonator caps WILL NOT be made available for the 2019 competition.

Entries should be sent to arrive before the January 31st deadline to:

Best Florida Beer Competition
Coppertail Brewing Co
2601 E 2nd Ave,
Tampa, FL 33605

Failure of the medal-winning brewery to provide a 2 1/6 barrel kegs (or equivalent) to Brewers Ball (or 1 1/6bbl keg for small batch entries) will disqualify the entry from the competition. The Brewers Ball is the ultimate beer festival in Florida meant to showcase the best beers that each brewery has to offer and in the end only the three best beers in each category.

How to Enter

Entry registration forms and fees must be received on or before January 31st, 2019. Please use the easy online entry form on ReggieBeer.com to submit your commercial entry.

Please designate Small Batch entries by appending (SB) to the end of the name of your beer in the entry form.

*Please note that breweries are now limited to a maximum of 8 entries.

Paypal is also available on the website. This is your best option.

Checks should be mailed to the address below. Checks must be received before the first day of judging, no later than February 8th, 2019 or entries will not be judged. Please attach a letter notating the check number and the brewery being paid for.

Send checks to:

Best Florida Beer Professional

℅ Jason Toft, VP Commercial

2850 34th Street North #402

Saint Petersburg, FL 33713


Competition Entry Limit: 800

Brewery Entry Limit: 8

Cost: $60 Per entry
(2nd entry is free)

Payment Deadline is: Before February 8th, 2019

Drop-Off & Entry Deadline is:

January 31st 2019

Drop-Off Location:

Coppertail Brewing Co

2601 E 2nd Ave,

Tampa, FL 33605

Shipping Address:

Best Florida Beer Competition

Coppertail Brewing Co

2601 E 2nd Ave,

Tampa, FL 33605