2018 NCSCIFEST Science of Beer Brewing Challenge

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In 2018, the North Carolina Science Festival, in collaboration with the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild, is launching a Science of Beer Brewing Challenge to promote innovation and scientific collaboration in beer brewing. Craft breweries and higher-education brewing programs are invited to participate in this challenge to name an official beer of the North Carolina Science Festival.

The Challenge

Brew a beer that:

  • uses an innovative technology OR
  • uses an innovative methodology OR
  • involves a collaboration with scientist(s) in the process


  • NC Craft Brewers Guild members who are permitted and in commercial production
  • NC-Based Higher Education Brewing Programs


  • Register by December 1, 2017
  • Brew your beer during the winter
  • Submit your beer for judging by March 1, 2018
  • Beers will be judged on quality, innovation in brewing, and taste
  • Finalists will be invited to present their brewing science story at an event during the 2018 NC Science Festival
  • Winners will be named in April 2018, including Overall Champion and People's Choice Awards for Most Sciencey Name and Best Label Artwork

What's in it for you?

  • Your participation means free promotion on our website and via our social media feeds
  • We'll connect you to our statewide network of partners hosting NCSF events so they can also promote your participation
  • Overall champion will be named the Official Beer of the North Carolina Science Festival, with a trophy and plaque for your tasting room