International Spirits Competition

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Registration is now closed.

Distillers Challenge, held April 15 & 16 in San Diego, is the first all-spirits competition within the Challenge Series of respected wine and spirits competitions established in 2003.

How it works

The Distillers Challenge is an international spirits competition open to all producers of commercially available Distilled Spirits, RTD Cocktails, Mixers and other spirits products. Judging is conducted in a blind-tasting format by panels comprised of distillers, mixologists, spirits journalists and other industry experts. The composition of the panels changes yearly. For the 2023 competition, the judges are exclusively distillers.

Winning a spirits award offers a number of marketing benefits that help you distinguish your brand and gain industry and consumer recognition. Winners of Platinum spirits awards also receive published reviews in For more information on spirits award categories and benefits, see Judging.

General information for the 2023 competition

Registration for the Distillers Challenge International Spirits Competition is now closed. The fee per spirits entry is $300.

An “early bird” discount of $275 per entry is offered for products registered by the early-bird deadline. Entries can also be registered for the Package Design Competition for a separate fee. For complete details, see Entry Guidelines.

If you need assistance registering for the 2023 Distillers Challenge International Spirits Competition or have questions, please contact us!