Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter?

To be eligible to enter the Competition, you must meet the following criteria:

  • be a licensed distillery within the United States (DSP required)
  • OR, be a licensed distillery within your country
  • all participants must have been licensed on or after January 1st, 2016
  • submit payment either through this website or via check before April 30th, 2021
  • submit your registration details through this website before April 30th, 2021
  • follow all shipping requirements as explained on the Shipping Information page
What deadlines should I be aware of?

Early Registration ends March 31st, 2021.

Standard Registration ends April 30th, 2021.

We must receive your physical submissions before May 15th, 2021 to be eligible.

What fees are required?

Entry fees for the Tasting Competition are as follows:

  • Early Registration: $199 per submission, per category until March 31st, 2021.
  • Standard Registration: $249 per submission, per category until April 30th, 2021.
  • Special Offer: If your distillery has a Lifetime Access Membership to Distillery University, we are pleased to offer you 1 free submission when you submit 2 or more products. Save $249! Just email us at before registering.
Where can I find the full Terms & Conditions?

To review the full Terms & Conditions for the New Distiller’s Tasting Competition, please click here.

What is the entry process?

For a Step-by-Step guide to the entry process, please click here.

What categories are available?

To review the full list of Competition Categories, please click here.

Who is judging the competition?

In order to provide our Competition participants with the most robust and comprehensive analysis of their submissions, our judges have been selected from a diverse range of industry professionals. These professionals include distillers, sommeliers, bartenders, spirit enthusiasts, chefs, brewers, distributors and journalists. In order to protect the unbiased nature of the Competition, the names of the judges will not be released until after the registration period has concluded.

How does the Award Process work?

The Competition is a blind tasting, and as such each judge will be given no indication as to the originating distillery for each spirit. Care will be taken to match spirit types with a judge who has expert-level knowledge of that spirit type in order to provide for the most comprehensive evaluation possible. Also, be aware that each submission will not be compared to any other submission; rather, each will be judged and rated on its own merit.

During the tasting process, the judges will rate each submission on a scale of 1-100, and also provide tasting notes. These notes will not be made public and will only be released to the submitting distillery. Only scores of 70 or higher will receive medal consideration; scores of below 70 will not be published.

Medals will be awarded according to the following rubric:

  • Scores of 70-79: Bronze Medal
  • Scores of 80-89: Silver Medal
  • Scores of 90-95: Gold Medal
  • Scores of 96-100: Double Gold Medal
Where will I ship my submissions?

All submissions will be shipped to 608 W. 2nd Ave., Spokane, WA  99201.

For more information regarding shipping, please click here.

Why Just New Distillers?

The New Distillers Tasting Competition is a platform for all the newbies out there to be seen and get noticed. There are other competitions in the world and they serve an important role, but this time we want to showcase those who may not have the deepest pockets, or those who don’t have decades of experimentation behind them; we want to hear from the rebels and renegades, the scrappers and bootstrappers.

Let’s See What You’ve Got!

Our Mission

​When we started Distillery University back in 2012, the craft distilling industry was still finding its footing. For decades the vast majority of craft distillation was dominated by the major brands and labels, and breaking into the business was nearly an insurmountable task. Since that time, we have all enjoyed major reform in the industry (though we still have a long way to go), but nonetheless it has never been easier for a true artisan distiller to get started making a product that is truly soulful and unique.

Over the last 8 years, Distillery University has worked tirelessly to bring our students the best distillation education that can be found. Between our online courses, our Hands-on Workshops, and most recently our Interactive Online Workshops, we have helped thousands of people get started in this difficult, confusing and yet wildly rewarding industry. Now, it’s time to let those students show off their stuff.

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