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IGA Beer Challenge 2021 – Ist Edition

The first edition of ITALIAN GRAPE ALE BEER CHALLENGE will be held on saturday 9 october 2021 in Turin, hosted by Associazione Piazza dei Mestieri, partner of the project.



1. Organization
 IGA Beer Challenge is an international beer challenge organized by FoodAround Association, My Personal Beer Corner and Cronache di Birra, with the support of the guide Vinibuoni d’Italia.

2. Mission
IGA Beer Challenge main goals include:
- Promotion of Italian Grape Ale as a beer style linked to the Italian brewing culture.
- Provide tools for the qualitative growth of Italian Grape Ale and brewing production in general.
- Spread the knowledge of Italian Grape Ale and beer culture.
- Guide consumers to the purchase of Italian Grape Ale, identifying the most deserving products
- Create a forum where brewers can compete with their international peers
- Encourage opportunities to meet and exchange with other sectors related to the brewing sector (food and wine, catering, tourism, promotion of territories, etc.).

3. Competitors
The competition is open to all beers commercially available on the market and belonging to the "Italian Grape Ale" type, i.e. produced with the addition of grapes or grape must. The beers must be made by independent breweries, commercially operational and regularly registered according to the laws in force in their country of origin. Beers produced by breweries and beer firms are allowed. In the second case, the brewery of production must be reported, which must comply with the aforementioned criteria. All registered beers must comply with the laws in force, under penalty of exclusion from the competition, and the responsibility for any violation lies exclusively with the relevant brewery / producer.

4. Categories
Beers can be entered under one of the following categories:
Cat. 1 – Italian Grape Ale non-acidic, low alcohol content (less than or equal to 7%).
Cat. 2 – Italian Grape Ale non-acidic, high alcohol content (greater than 7%).
Cat. 3 – Italian Grape Ale acidic, low alcohol content (less than or equal to 7%).
Cat. 4 – Italian Grape Ale acidic, high alcohol content (greater than 7%).

5. Registration
To take part in the competition each participant must complete duly the online registration form, inserting each product presented.
The registration form can be found on
Proof of bank transfer for the cost of participation must be sent after completing the registration form (see section 6).
The indications listed on the registration form engage the responsibility of the author. The Organisation may at any time verify the truthfulness by any legal means.

6. Participation costs and terms of payment
Entry fees are:
First beer entered: € 90 (eventually subject to VAT reverse charge).
Entries after the first one: € 30 for each beer (eventually subject to VAT reverse charge).
10% Early Birds fee discount applicable to entries received within and no later than 10th of September 2021
Payment can be made by bank transfer to Associazione Culturale Enogastronomica FoodAround - IBAN: IT75D0200846950000105137722 - BIC/SWIFT: UNCRITM1EF0 with reference “CONCORSO IGA + company name + total number of beers entered”.
Proof of payment must be sent to after completing the online registration form (see section 5), with the company name in the subject of the email .
If we don’t receive the amount due for registration, products will not be allowed to participate.

7. Samples and shipping
To take part in the competition participants have to send for every beer entered about 3 liters of product for each beer, approximately as the following quantities:
Send 4 samples per entry for a bottle containing 0,75 l or more than 0,75 l
Send 8 samples per entry for a bottle containing less than 0,75 l
Bottles must be shipped from Monday the 20 of September until Tuesday the 5th of October 2021 (deliveries are accepted Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 18:00 - NO deliveries on Saturday or Sunday) to the address My Personal Beer Corner c/o Guido Palazzo - Via Mazzini 42 - 10123 Torino TO - Italy. Products must be securely packaged with clear indication of FRAGILE content and “Concorso IGA Beer Challenge”
All bottles will be kept at controlled temperature in a fridge cellar.
Entrants are responsible for all shipping costs.

8. Judging
The submitted beers are judged by means of tasting performed by an international experienced jury appointed by the organizer. Each beer in competition will be blind tasted, it means that the jury will not know the name of the beer and the brewery. Only few information will be provided to the jury: category, plato degrees, alcohol volumes and any production characteristics (flavorings, spices, etc.).
The organization will merge the categories that do not reach a minimum number of beers registered as a sub-category to the closest grouping. The panel jury for each beer will fill in a score sheet containing a short and concise description. The score sheets will not be returned to the producers at the end of the competition.

9. Awards
For each category, a ranking of the five best beers will be drawn up and the first three will receive a prize consistent with the final position obtained. The jury reserves the right not to assign a ranking in the absence of registered beers with minimum qualitative characteristics.
Producers who have placed one or more beers in the top 3 are invited to participate by right to the award ceremony (see point 10). The communication of the victory will be done exclusively by phone call, to the mobile phone number provided on the registration form.
Breweries are strictly required not to advertise results prior to the award date.

10. Prize and Award Ceremony
The beers that have obtained a recognition will be awarded during a public event that will be held on Saturday November 13th at the GAI bottling machines factory in Ceresole d’Alba (CN).

11. Use of the logo
The breweries that will receive one or more awards for their beers are authorised and encouraged to use IGA Project and IGA Challenge logos, according to the following reproduction rules:
- Always specify the category in which the prize was obtained.
- Always specify the placement obtained (first, second or third).
- Always specify the year in which the award was obtained.
- The prize must be associated with the individual beer and not with the brewery in general.

Any violation of the aforementioned rules implies a suspension (time determined by the organizing committee) from the participation of future editions of the competition.

The jury

President of the jury
- Alessandra Agrestini

- Flavio Boero
- Simone Cantoni
- Gianriccardo Corbo
- Luc De Raedemaeker
- Alessandra Di Dio
- Dario Elia
- Nicola Francesca
- Ada Regina Freire
- Luca Gatteschi
- Luca Giaccone
- Maurizio Maestrelli
- Giorgio Angelo Marconi
- Roberto Muzi
- Stefania Pompele
- Luca Pretti
- Evan Rail
- Simonmattia Riva
- Emanuela Santi