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SUBMISSION
Who Can Enter The SIP Awards?

The SIP Awards is open to brands that produce spirits from any country, including distillers, producers, distributors, agents, public relations agencies. All spirits must be entered with the permission of the brand owners and must be commercially produced somewhere in the world.

What Products Can I Enter?

The SIP Awards accepts a broad range of spirits for tasting. To see the full list of categories available for entry, visit our Entrants Page. All spirits must be commercially available for retail or plan to be for that year’s competition and in sufficient quantities.

Can I Pay My Entry Fee By Wire Transfer, PayPal, Check, Or Credit Card?

We do accept all these forms of payments. Please reference our Entrants Page for more details.

Can I Submit Before We Have The Product On The Market?

Yes, as long as the product you are submitting is the same as the product you plan on releasing to the market. If the packaging is not complete, you are welcome to send your product in sealed sample bottles with proper labeling.

I Have Entered My Products Online. What Are The Next Steps?

Please send your samples for judging. For more information, please visit our Entrants Page.

PRODUCT SAMPLES
How Many Samples Do I Need To Submit For My Product?

Based on the type of competition you are entering the following is what you will need to accompany your submission:

Spirits (categories 100-799) | Enclose two (2) 750ml bottles per entry, two (2) 700ml bottles, or three (3) 500ml bottles (or equivalent).

Cocktail Mixers and other non-alcoholic (categories 800s) | Enclose two (2) 750ml bottles per entry, two (2) 400ml bottles, or three (3) 500 ml bottles (or equivalent).

Packaging & Bottle Design (categories 900s) | Enclose one (1) bottle per individual entry. For series entries, one (1) bottle of each product in the series.

Where Should I Ship My Products Once I've Filled Out The Submission Form?

Please send your samples to Legends Cellars:
SIP AWARDS C/O LEGEND CELLARS
1692 BROWNING
IRVINE, CA 92606

Can I Drop Off My Samples?

Yes. Please visit our Entrants Page for drop off hours and location information.

How Do You Store The Submissions Before Judging?

We take great pride in storing your samples with care which is why we have your sample stored at Legend Cellars, a climate controlled warehouse. Legend Cellars offers a secured storage space that is monitored by camera, motion detection, and local security patrol 24 hours a day. The facility is maintained at a constant temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity level of 65 percent. For more information, please visit their website, www.legendcellars.net

I'm Not Sure Which Category To Enter My Product?

Please refer to the list of categories which can be located on the Entrants Page. If you need assistance, please contact us at info@sipawards.com.

How Many Samples Do I Need To Submit For My Product?

Based on the type of competition you are entering the following is what you will need to accompany your submission:

Spirits (categories 100-799) | Enclose two (2) 750ml bottles per entry, two (2) 700ml bottles, or three (3) 500ml bottles (or equivalent).

Cocktail Mixers and other non-alcoholic (categories 800s) | Enclose two (2) 750ml bottles per entry, two (2) 400ml bottles, or three (3) 500 ml bottles (or equivalent).

Packaging & Bottle Design (categories 900s) | Enclose one (1) bottle per individual entry. For series entries, one (1) bottle of each product in the series.

Where Should I Ship My Products Once I've Filled Out The Submission Form?

Please send your samples to Legends Cellars:
SIP AWARDS C/O LEGEND CELLARS
1692 BROWNING
IRVINE, CA 92606

Can I Drop Off My Samples?

Yes. Please visit our Entrants Page for drop off hours and location information.

How Do You Store The Submissions Before Judging?

We take great pride in storing your samples with care which is why we have your sample stored at Legend Cellars, a climate controlled warehouse. Legend Cellars offers a secured storage space that is monitored by camera, motion detection, and local security patrol 24 hours a day. The facility is maintained at a constant temperature of 57 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity level of 65 percent. For more information, please visit their website, www.legendcellars.net

I'm Not Sure Which Category To Enter My Product?

Please refer to the list of categories which can be located on the Entrants Page. If you need assistance, please contact us at info@sipawards.com.

MARKETING/ RESULTS
How Do You Award Medals?

Since we have a consumer judging panel, we try to make the evaluation process as straightforward as possible. The judges are evaluating three criterias of aroma, taste, and finish based on a scale of 1-5 where one is unsatisfactory, and five is exceptional. Depending on the number of entrants in a category, the number of judges evaluating that category, and score trends, we combine all of the results with our proprietary algorithm to determine medal placement. Your brand’s recognition at our competition truly shows its overall premium quality. Winning even a bronze SIP Awards medal is a significant accomplishment!

Bronze Medal – Consumer judges felt the product met the premium standards, is a well-crafted spirit of good quality and deserves recognition.

Silver Medal – Consumer judges felt the product met the premium standards, is a well crafted above average spirit, and is of great quality

Gold Medal – Consumer judges felt the product met the premium standards, meets very high standards and is of unparalleled excellence.

Platinum – Consumer judges felt the product met the premium standards, earning top marks from all of the judges, and is of superior quality

Best Of Class Platinum – Consumer judges felt the product met the premium standards, standing apart from the rest, and deserves to be held at the highest caliber of products.

Consumer’s Choice – Consumer judges felt the product met the premium standards multiple years in a row, earning top marks from all of the judges, and is of superior quality.

Does Every Category Get A Minimum Bronze, Silver, And Gold Medal Winner?

Unlike other competitions, merely entering the SIP Awards does not guarantee medal placement. Your brand’s recognition at our competition truly shows its overall premium quality. We require that the product meet our premium standards even to be considered for a bronze medal.

How Are The Results Released?

We believe in full transparency. We will contact the winning distilleries shortly after the competition and before going live with the results. By contacting the winning distilleries before releasing the results, this gives them the opportunity to start marketing before any announcements are made. We then send out an international press release, a newsletter to our 25,000+ subscribers, publish announcements on social media, and work with our media partners to extend the news even further. Competition results will also be posted on this website once they are officially announced.

Do You Announce All Of The Brands Who Participated Or Only The Winners?

We believe in full transparency. We will contact the winning distilleries shortly after the competition and before going live with the results. By contacting the winning distilleries before releasing the results, this gives them the opportunity to start marketing before any announcements are made. We then send out an international press release, a newsletter to our 25,000+ subscribers, publish announcements on social media, and work with our media partners to extend the news even further. Competition results will also be posted on this website once they are officially announced.

Can I Obtain Feedback From The Judging Notes?

On request, we can submit feedback from the judge’s notes.
Please contact us two weeks after the results have been announced.

Are There Any Additional Fees?

We do not apply additional fees. To help you announce your accomplishment to the world, every medal winner will receive FREE marketing resources such as downloadable logos, medals, certificates, event pictures and other high-quality images. We also feature brands on our blog and through our social media at no extra cost.
For additional marketing media such as medal stickers and physical medals, we do charge a nominal fee based on the quantities that you would be interested in.
For consideration to be featured, please email us at info@sipawards.com

COMPETITION
Why A Consumer Based Judging Panel?

Having your brand judged by the people who consume your product is an honest way to have your product evaluated. By providing a fun environment where consumers can congregate, sample your product, and share their opinions, you will obtain valuable information for you to keep bettering your product, knowing what works and what doesn’t. Because of this, the SIP Awards remains steadfast in our goal of providing one of the most reliable measures of beverage quality rating in the world. The SIP Awards is the only international spirit competition that delivers the opinions, thoughts, and voices of the consumers to the general public.
There are no big budgets, marketing plans, or advertisers influencing the choices of the people sampling your product. It is the consumer and the spirit; a one on one tasting where the consumer can concentrate on what makes your product stand out from the rest. These honest assessments are the reason why it is so important to enter a competition that is unbiased and consumer driven.

There Are A Lot Of Competitions Out There, Why Should We Choose The SIP Awards?

We believe our spirits competition offers several things to a winning brand:

  1. This is a consumer-only judging panel that is carefully chosen to ensure the competition is unbiased and that the judges have no affiliation with the spirit industry.
  2. You are placing your product in front of the consumer who makes spirit purchasing decisions on a regular basis.
  3. We work with our media partners to share the results of the competition, and publish through our website and social media. All the winners will be listed here on our website.
  4. The SIP Awards gives distilleries who are not currently imported or distributed in the United States the opportunity to be discovered.
  1. We do not charge winning distilleries the use of our digital medals in their marketing materials.
  2. You are only charged once when you submit your spirits.  There are no additional charges or hidden fees.
Learn more about additional benefits.
How Do You Pick Your Judges, And Are They Compensated?

The vast majority of our judges come from the Orange County Area. We choose the most dynamic demographic. We try to make our judging panels as diverse as possible because we believe each consumer brings a different perspective to the judging process. Unlike most competitions, we feel it is important not to compensate our judges to keep the competition as unbiased as possible.

How Can I Be Considered To Judge?

As part of the criteria, none of the judges are affiliated with the spirit industry. To learn more about our judging panel, please visit our Judges Page

Do The SIP Awards Receive Any Financial Compensation Outside Of Submission Fees From Any Liquor Companies?

The SIP Awards has no holding of any alcohol companies, distributors, importers, liquor stores, bars or restaurants. We do not receive financial compensation from any liquor company other than their submission fees.

COMPETITION

Why A Consumer Based Judging Panel?

Having your brand judged by the people who consume your product is an honest way to have your product evaluated. By providing a fun environment where consumers can congregate, sample your product, and share their opinions, you will obtain valuable information for you to keep bettering your product, knowing what works and what doesn’t. Because of this, the SIP Awards remains steadfast in our goal of providing one of the most reliable measures of beverage quality rating in the world. The SIP Awards is the only international spirit competition that delivers the opinions, thoughts, and voices of the consumers to the general public.
There are no big budgets, marketing plans, or advertisers influencing the choices of the people sampling your product. It is the consumer and the spirit; a one on one tasting where the consumer can concentrate on what makes your product stand out from the rest. These honest assessments are the reason why it is so important to enter a competition that is unbiased and consumer driven.

There Are A Lot Of Competitions Out There, Why Should We Choose The SIP Awards?

We believe our spirits competition offers several things to a winning brand:

  1. This is a consumer-only judging panel that is carefully chosen to ensure the competition is unbiased and that the judges have no affiliation with the spirit industry.
  2. You are placing your product in front of the consumer who makes spirit purchasing decisions on a regular basis.
  3. We work with our media partners to share the results of the competition, and publish through our website and social media. All the winners will be listed here on our website.
  4. The SIP Awards gives distilleries who are not currently imported or distributed in the United States the opportunity to be discovered.
  1. We do not charge winning distilleries the use of our digital medals in their marketing materials.
  2. You are only charged once when you submit your spirits.  There are no additional charges or hidden fees.
Learn more about additional benefits.
How Do You Pick Your Judges, And Are They Compensated?

The vast majority of our judges come from the Orange County Area. We choose the most dynamic demographic. We try to make our judging panels as diverse as possible because we believe each consumer brings a different perspective to the judging process. Unlike most competitions, we feel it is important not to compensate our judges to keep the competition as unbiased as possible.

How Can I Be Considered To Judge?

As part of the criteria, none of the judges are affiliated with the spirit industry. To learn more about our judging panel, please visit our Judges Page

Do The SIP Awards Receive Any Financial Compensation Outside Of Submission Fees From Any Liquor Companies?

The SIP Awards has no holding of any alcohol companies, distributors, importers, liquor stores, bars or restaurants. We do not receive financial compensation from any liquor company other than their submission fees.

OUTSIDE THE U.S.
What If I Don't Have A U.S. Importer/Distributor? How Can I Submit My Product?

Please see our Entrants Page for more details on international shipments without a U.S. importer.

What If My Product Is Stuck In Customs And Doesn't Reach You Before The Deadline?

We highly recommend all international sample submissions to be sent as early as possible because the customs clearance process can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks. In the case that your samples do not reach us in time, we will hold your product for the following year’s competition.

My Product Is Not Available Yet In The United States. Can I Submit?

If your product is not available in the United States, but is in another country, you can still submit. Our only condition is that the spirit is commercially produced somewhere in the world. The SIP Awards is the perfect opportunity to introduce your spirit into the U.S. Consumer Market.If you need assistance, please contact park street for further details.
Phone: +1 (305) 967-7440 Email: info@parkstreet.com

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