International Beer Cup (Japan)

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October 6th-8th, 2022

Yokohama, Japan


  • Registration Deadline - September 2
  • Export Certificates Due - September 2
  • Entries due to west coast consolidation warehouse - September 7

Exclusive benefit for BA Export Development Program members

Not a member? Learn more about the Program benefits and fees.

Hosted by Japan’s Craft Beer Association, the International Beer Cup is Japan’s largest international beer competition and provides a valuable opportunity for members of the Export Development Program (EDP) to compete and gain brand awareness among one of the world’s fastest-growing craft beer markets.

In 2021, the competition attracted 943 entries from breweries in 8 countries. American craft brewers won 30 awards this year including nine gold, eight silver, 13 bronze medals, and several Category Champion awards.

In 2022, the Brewers Association Export Development Program will be coordinating a consolidated airfreight shipment of EDP members’ entries. The BA will cover the entry fees, cold storage, and shipment to the competition for members of the program. There is no limit on the number of submissions per brewery, but the EDP will only cover the cost of the first three entries, additional entries will be paid by the brewery.

Event Timeline

Entry Registration Window: July 25 – September 2

Export certificates due (details below): September 2

Delivery of entries due to Global Craft Trading warehouse in California: September 7

Judging takes place October 8-10

Award announced on October 11, on the website of the Craft Beer Association of Japan


Participating breweries are responsible for delivering entries to the consolidation point.

The EDP will cover entry fees for up to three brands per brewery that use the EDP discount count. Breweries can register more than three brands but will be asked to remit payment for the number of brands submitted beyond three. The fee per additional brand is a discounted rate of ¥9000 (approximately $66)–if you enter more than three brands, payment will take place upon the completion of registration.

The EDP will cover air freight, customs clearance, and delivery costs for all entries.  

Registration Instructions

Registration & Export Certificate Submission deadline: September 2

  1. Review the following items:
  2. Competition Registration:
    • Complete registration on the competition website
    • EDP members will use coupon code 2022edpb at checkout to authorize your membership and zero out your first three entry fees.
    • For the shipping option, select “2. By my arrangements” in the online entry form.
  3. EDP Shipping Registration:
    • Once you have completed registration with the competition, the Export Development Program (EDP) needs to collect information from each brewery to prepare the shipment. Please complete the form at the bottom of this page.
  4. Export Certificate Submission – In order to ship beer to Japan, breweries must provide certain documents for customs clearance. These documents must be emailed (word doc or PDF in a digital format that is not scanned) to Steve Parr and Brett Naylor by September 2. Signatures are not needed on these forms. For breweries that have previously shipped beer to Japan or participated in an EDP shipment to Japan, it is suggested that previously completed export certificates be used as a template. Specifically, each brewery will need to fill out the following documents on brewery letterhead with your logo:
    1. Manufacturers Certificate for each beerdownload template
      • This certificate breaks down the ingredients in each product by weight in the recipe, including any specialty (non-regular beer) ingredients and their country of origin. Water, malted barley, hops and yeast to do not need to state their country of origin, only ingredients such as fruit, spices, etc. The contents/requirements of this certificate are:
        • On company letterhead with the title “Manufacturers Certification”
        • Name of the Beer
        • Packaging Type and Size in oz and ml (bottles, cans, kegs)
        • Alcohol Percentage
        • List of ingredients with their percentage by weight in the recipe as well as the country of origin of any specialty ingredients. This is the most critical portion of this certificate. To calculate the numbers, it is sufficient to take the weight of all ingredients going into the recipe (malted barley, hops, water, yeast and any specialty ingredients) rather than what is in the finished product once filtered. If there are any specialty ingredients, their country of origin must be listed. Hop and grain types do not need to be separated, however wheat should be listed as a separate item if present in the recipe.
        • Standard statement that the ingredients and processing requirements meet US Food requirements for human consumption.
        • Name of the person authorized to provide this information as well as the brewery address at the bottom of the page.
    2. Production Process Statement for each beer download template
      • This certificate outlines the production process from brew day all the way through to packaging. You can use a template for clean (non-sour or BA) beers and just change the name and ingredients list at the top. For beers with special ingredients, it should be noted where in the process those ingredients are used. The contents/requirements of this certificate are:
        • On company letterhead with the title “Production Process Sheet”
        • Name of the beer
        • Ingredients list that matches the accompanying Manufacturers Certificate
        • Production process steps, including any applicable barrel aging or unique steps. Please list the method of filtering used if and where it applies in the process.
        • Any specialty ingredients used must be present at their correct step in the production process.

Beer Volume Requirements for Judging

The minimum volume required for judging is 8 bottles/cans for all beer styles.

Shipping & Deadline Information

Beers are due to the Wilmington, California warehouse by September 7. Late arrivals cannot be accepted for this shipment.

Labeling of individual bottles/cans is only required if the commercial label is not displayed. If each entry does not have a commercial label, please print/complete/affix the competition label template.

All cases must be clearly labeled “EDP/IBC” or print/attach this label.

Note: Palletized deliveries must be scheduled with Global Craft prior to arrival. It is required to have a dock appointment otherwise delivery may be refused or assessed for additional fees.

It is the responsibility of the brewery to correctly identify, package and dispatch samples in a safe manner for consolidated shipment. Please safely pack the samples for shipping and include the original case/tray inside the outer carton if possible. This is important as the beers will be palletized tightly for air shipment and excess packaging will be discarded at consolidation. Parcel shipments should be packed safely so that they are not subject to damage by the courier service.

Looking for tips on packing/shipping beer for competitions? Start with Slide 15 of this Craft Brewers Conference seminar Opens International Shipping for U.S. Brewers.

Global Craft Trading Warehouse:

Global Craft Trading, Inc.
901 East “E” Street
Suite 201
Wilmington, CA 90744
Tel: 424-368-0197

Delivery Contact Person: Brett Naylor,, 424-368-0197

EDP Member Registration Form

Must be completed in addition to registering with the competition. If the registration form does not appear below, please refresh your browser.

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