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The Alberta Beverage Awards were launched in 2013 to help identify the very best wines, beers, and spirits available in the dynamic and competitive Alberta beverage marketplace. Since then, the competition has expanded to include mead, sake, fruit wines, RTDs, coolers, premade cocktails, mixers, and more

Beverages are judged in Calgary by some of Alberta’s finest professional palates including buyers, sommeliers, retailers, educators and media influencers. The competition takes place in July with results appearing online and in Culinaire Magazine’s October issue.

Prior to the judging, every product is placed into a category and assigned to a flight with like products. The entries are evaluated blind by dedicated wine, beer and spirits panels, and moderated by an experienced panel captain.

Beverages deemed superior in the preliminary rounds proceed to the final rounds where the very best are awarded a Best in Class, Gold Medal reserved for only the highest scoring product in a category (or a tie). The top performing, runners-up products in a category may earn a “Judges Selection.”

Overall, only about one third of total entries will earn an award at the

Alberta Beverage Awards, which ensures results are meaningful

and only the best will be featured in the results.

For more information, please check out our FAQ page.

 

To register your products please click here.

 

Cheers,
Tom Firth
Competition Director
tom@culinairemagazine.ca

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THE 2024 ABA GUIDE

IMPORTANT DATES

REGISTRATION OPENS:  APRIL 1, 2024

REGISTRATION CLOSES: JUNE 30, 2024

DELIVERY DEADLINE FOR PRODUCT SAMPLES: JULY 10, 2024

JUDGING ENDS: JULY 15 - 17, 2024

RESULTS ANNOUNCED TO WINNERS IN EARLY AUGUST,

AND PUBLISHED IN THE OCTOBER 2024 ISSUE OF CULINAIRE MAGAZINE.

YOUR RESULTS ARE NOT EMBARGOED IN ANY WAY.

ABA Submissions

SUBMISSIONS

 

To ensure the submission process is a great experience for all of our competitors, we use an Excel-based worksheet, which can be downloaded, filled in, and returned to Linda Garson at linda@culinairemagazine.ca AND Tom Firth at tom@culinairemagazine.ca. Invoices will be sent after registering your products. For secure credit card payments. Please contact Linda Garson: linda@culinairemagazine.ca  / 403-870-9802, for e-transfers, cheques etc.

PRODUCTS WILL BE PHOTOGRAPHED ON-SITE, SO PLEASE ENSURE LABLES ARE CURRENT AND IN GOOD REPAIR.

Wine Entries | For sample purposes, we require three bottles (750 ml or equivalent volume) of wine for judging. Entries are $95 per wine, less any applicable discount. Note: For dessert wine entries, we require only two bottles, which includes wines typically available in small formats (i.e. ice wines).

 

Spirits/LIQUEURS/ Entries | For sample purposes, we require one bottle per entry or equivalent volume of spirits for judging. Entries are $95 per entry, less any applicable discount.

 

Beer/CIDER/COOLERS/MIXERS/SAKE/MEAD Entries | For sample purposes, we require one six-pack or equivalent volume of beer for judging. Entries are $75 per entry, less any applicable discount. Mixers, coolers, meads, RTDs, sake (one bottle), non-alcoholic beverages, and ciders, are entered in the beer category.

 

A 10% discount will be offered for the submission of 12 or more entries (not applicable on top of IVSA discount), and for Alberta Craft and BC Craft producers entering more than 5 products. In addition, 
15% discount will be offered for the submission of 20 or more entries (not applicable on top of IVSA discount), and for Alberta Craft producers entering more than 10 products.

For more details, please contact Linda Garson at linda@culinairemagazine.ca or Tom Firth at tom@culinairemagazine.ca.

 

Texting for the address is usually the quickest way to sort it out- especially for in person deliveries. Please text Tom Firth at 403 818 5304. You can also email him at tom@culinairemagazine.ca.

ABA REGISTRATION

To complete your product registration please download our worksheet here and email it to Linda Garson linda@culinairemagazine.ca AND Tom Firth tom@culinairemagazine.ca. Once your submission is received, you will be issued an invoice at which time payment can be processed.

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE 2024 ABA REGISTRATION WORKSHEET

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