All Korea International Beer Award entries must be commercially available, fermented malt beverages conforming to the trade understanding of “beer” (see "Beer Eligibility" section below) brewed by a permitted commercial brewery. “Commercially available” means available for sale at retail at the time of registration.
All entry beers and breweries must follows the eligibility rules below.
* Breweries in planning, homebrewers, and other breweries not meeting these criteria are not eligible to enter.
Not eligible: Mead, cider, spirits, hard soda, hard water, and flavored malt beverages including kombucha and most shandies and radlers are not eligible to be entered in Korea International Beer Award.
Korea International Beer Award does not automatically award the top three entries in a particular category. When judges determine that a category contains three excellent examples of the style, they present gold, silver, and bronze awards for the first, second, and third place beers, respectively. If judges believe that no beer in the category meets the quality and accuracy criteria for the style, they may elect not to distribute any awards. Further, judges may grant an award in any one or more of the three award places without granting awards in all three places. For example, judges may recognize a beer as a silver or bronze award winner yet not grant a gold award.
The KIBA judging session is held for two days, just before the Korea International Beer Expo and Conference.
Judges are assigned by the organizing committee to judge beers in their specific area of expertise and do not judge in every category. Judges will seldom taste more than 30 beers in any a judging session and judges never evaluate their own product or any product in which they have a concern (a consultant cannot judge the beer of client). Judging is blind, with no brand knowledge of any kind provided to judges. Beer entries are judged solely on their merits.