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AIChE Beer Brewing Competition

With the support of the AIChE Foundation, AIChE and the Young Professionals Committee, come showcase your chemical engineering skills by participating in the AIChE Beer Brewing Competition (ABBC). ABBC will allow AIChE Local Sections to create teams of two to five professional members over the age of 21 (undergraduate students not eligible to participate), with at least one member under the age of 35, to brew their own beer in any BJCP style category. Professional beer tasting judges will then score beers according to a standard beer tasting rubric. Teams will also flex their chemical engineering muscles through a poster competition describing their processes and creative design that has gone into their brew. The prizes are big, the processes are batch, and the competition is exciting.

The fourth competition will be held on November 15, 2020 at the 2020 AIChE Annual Meeting.  

Want to hear why AIChE members participate in this competition? View the 2017 winning team's webinar.

Not a Local Section member yet? Join today and start forming your team.


Tasting Competition: 80% of overall score.  Judged by Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) official judges.

Poster Competition: 20% of overall score.  Judged by AIChE professional members.

Grand Prize: Best cumulative score of the tasting and poster competitions.  Winning team members of the grand prize will receive a complimentary membership to AIChE for the 2021 dues year ($199 value per person).  Grand prize winners will also be featured in an AIChE webinar reviewing their winning brew processes.

Summary of all 2020 Competition Awards

  • Grand Prize (1st Place) - 80% taste/20% poster
  • 1st Runner-Up Grand Prize (2nd Place) - 80% taste/20% poster
  • 2nd Runner-Up Grand Prize (3rd Place) - 80% taste/20% poster
  • Best of Show (BoS) - Tasting Winner from BJCP judges
  • Best Poster Presentation Winner – winner from poster judges
  • Best Beer Name
  • People's Choice Award – from guest judges
  • Most Efficient Brew – The team with the best brewhouse efficiency number
  • Biggest Beer – Beer with the highest starting gravity before fermentation
  • Best Beer Label - to be shown on the poster, not the entry bottles
AdministratorsYoung Professionals Committee (YPC)
Nomination Instructions

Tasting Competition

Brew your most creative and delicious beer in the beer style(s) of your team's choice, and bring it to be judged at the AIChE Beer Brewing Competition.  Teams may submit up to three styles of beer into the competition. Any beer style may be submitted into the competition so long as it is a Beer Judge Certification Program offical beer style.  See the BJCP Style Guidelines

Poster Competition

Each team, along with their brewed beer, must create a poster presentation that at least includes the following information for each beer brewed:

  • Beer recipe
  • Mass balances
  • % ABV calculations
  • Brewhouse efficiency calculations
  • Process used to brew

Competition Rules

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Note that that only professional members within the continental United States are eligible to participate.  Undergraduate students are not eligible.

Shipping Instructions

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Judging Information

This competition will be Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) certified and competition procedures will be followed using the BJCP Competition Handbook.

Sample tasting score card

Sample poster score card

Brewhouse efficiency information

Competition Registration

Each team must complete the online registration form and pay the registration fee.

Registration for the 2020 competition will open in late-Spring 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact the ABBC coordinators at


SponsorsAIChE Foundation