Spirits Divisions & Categories


This is a special spirits competition open to commercial producers in selected spirits categories.
The competition, a blind tasting for judges only, will take place May 5 –6, 2015 and the
deadline for entry is April 15, 2015. The award-winning entries will be displayed at the 93nd anniversary of the Los Angeles County Fair.

Download Spirits Divisions Categories as PDF
Download Spirits Packaging Design Categories as PDF
Download Spirits Mixer Competition Categories as PDF

Early Bird Entry Fee $290.00 per Entry postmarked by March 31, 2015 $300.00 per Entry after March 31, 2015

Awards Offered Per Category

Best of Category, Gold Medal, Silver Medal, Bronze Medal

Awards Offered Per Division

Best of Division, Best of Show

Division 500 – 100% Blue Agave
Tequila, Mexico
1- Silver/Plata
2- Reposado
3- Anejo
4- Extra Anejo

Division 510 – Vodka
11- Potato (Unflavored)
12- Wheat (Unflavored)
13- Rye (Unflavored)
14- Grape (Unflavored)
15- Corn (Unflavored)
16- Blend (Unflavored)
17- Other Fruit (Unflavored)
18- Other Vodka (Unflavored)
21- Vodka (Flavored)

Division 520 – Absinthe
25- Blanche
26- Verte
27- Other

Division 530 – Gin
31- Gin (Unflavored i.e., Botanicals added prior
to or during distillation)
32- Gin (Flavored after distillation)

Division 540 – Rum (Cane Spirits)
41- White (Unflavored)
42- Gold/Amber (Unflavored)
43- Dark (Unflavored)
44- Rhum Agricole (Unflavored)
45- With indication of age (Unflavored)
46- Rum (Flavored)
47- Spiced Rum
48- Overproof Rum
49- Cachaca

Division 550 – Agave Spirits
51- Mezcal
52- Mix to Tequila (Tequila made from less
than 100% Agave)
53- Tequila (Flavored)
54- Other Mexican Agave Spirits
55- Agave Spirits from outside Mexico
56- 100% Blue Agave Spirits/Not Tequila

Division 560 – Whiskey/Whisky
60- Bourbon
61- Straight Bourbon 2-5 years
62- Straight Bourbon 6 years and older
63- Bourbon Finished in Second Barrel
64- Small Batch Bourbon 10 years or less
65- Small Batch Bourbon 11 years or older
66- Single Barrel American Whiskey 10 years orless
67- Single Barrel American Whiskey 11 years or older
68- Tennessee Whiskey
69- American Rye
70- American Straight Rye
71- American Blended
72- American Straight Whiskey
73- American Corn Whiskey
74- Un-aged American Whiskey
75- Canadian
76- Irish Blended
77- Irish Single Malt
78- Irish Pure Pot Still
79- Japanese Whiskey
80- Other Countries
81- Blended Scotch 10 years or less
82- Blended Scotch 11 – 20 years old
83- Blended Scotch 21 years or older
84- Single Malt Scotch 10 years or less
85- Single Malt Scotch 11 – 20 years old
86- Single Malt Scotch 21 years or older
87- Flavored Whiskey/Whisky, Bourbon

Division 570 – Brandy
101- Fruit/Eau de Vie
102- Pisco
103- Applejack/Apple Brandy
104- Kirschwasser
105- Slivovitz
106- Dried Fruit
107- Raisin
108- Lees
109- Pomace/Marc
110- Grappa
111- Brandy (Flavored)
112- Brandy, Pot Still, undated
113- Brandy, Pot Still, 3 years or older
114- Brandy, Continuous still
115- Brandy, Continuous still, 3 years or older
116- Calvados
117- Cognac VS/Three Star or comparable
118- Cognac VSOP or comparable
119- Cognac XO or comparable
120- Vintage Cognac
121- Cognac (Flavored)
122- Armagnac VS or comparable
123- Armagnac VSOP or comparable
124- Armagnac XO or comparable
125- Vintage Armagnac
126- Brandy de Jerez Solera
127- Brandy de Jerez Reserva
128- Brandy de Jerez Gran Reserva

Division 580 – Liqueurs
200- Amaro/Bitter
201- Cream/Dairy
202- Fruit
203- Herb
204- Spice
205- Nut
206- Coffee
207- Chocolate
208- Anise/Licorice
209- Other
210- Schnapps
211- Pastis
212- Sloe Gin
213- Rye based Liqueur
214- Bourbon based Liqueur
215- Brandy based Liqueur
216- Other Spirit based Liqueur
217- Whiskey based Liqueur
218- Non-Dairy
219- Limoncello

Division 600 – Ready to Drink
253- Other Distilled Products
254- Premixed Cocktails/Ready to Drink- 100% Agave
255- Premixed Cocktails/Ready to Drink-Vodka
256- Premixed Cocktails/Ready to Drink- Absinthe
257- Premixed Cocktails/Ready to Drink- Gin
258- Premixed Cocktails/Ready to Drink- Rum
259- Premixed Cocktails/Ready to Drink- Agave Spirits
260- Premixed Cocktails/Ready to Drink- Whiskey
261- Premixed Cocktails/Ready to Drink- Brandy
262- Premixed Cocktails/Ready to Drink- Liqueurs

Division 605 – Shochu
265- Sweet Potato
266- Barley
267- Rice
268- Sugar Cane
269- Awamori (Thai Rice)
270- Other Shochu

Division 609 – Other Spirits
275- Single Distillation
276- Multiple Distillation

Division 610 – Packaging Design Only

 

Mixer Competition

This is a special spirits competition open to commercial producers in selected mixers categories. The competition, a blind tasting for judges only, will take place May 5 – 6, 2015 and the Deadline for entry is April 15, 2015. The award-winning entries will be displayed during the Los Angeles County Fair, September 4 – September 27, 2015.

$75.00 per Entry
Three (3) Bottles per Entry

AWARDS OFFERED PER CATEGORY

Best of Category, Gold Medal, Silver Medal, Bronze Medal

AWARDS OFFERED PER DIVISION

Best of Division, Best of Show

Division 700 – Mixers (Products used to create cocktails)
710- Simple Syrup
711- Agave Nectar
712- Naturally Flavored Syrups
713- Artificially Flavored Syrups
714- Bitters
715- Ready to Mix Cocktail Mixes (such as Bloody Mary, Margarita, Pina Colada)
716- Powders
717- Tonics, Sodas and Waters
718- Energy Drinks
719- Low Calorie Mixers
720- Dirty Martini Mixers
721- Rims, Salts
722- Ready-made Garnishes (Olives, Other)

Note: Division may be further subdivided as needed to allow for ease of judging. Additional awards and categories may be added at the discretion of the spirits
committee.

Please contact us if you do not see your category/division listed.
Mail Spirits, Entry Form, and Fees to:

Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
Attn: Spirits Department
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Colene Nath
Phone: (909) 865-4230 | Fax: (909) 629-2067 | Email: nath@fairplex.com

Packaging Design

The Packaging Design Competition is based on the following categories:
1. Overall Package
2. Additional Packaging (Gift box, etc.)
3. Series (Minimum of two)
4. Container
5. Design Aesthetics
6. Illustration
7. Typography
8. Innovation
9. Most Creative
10. Best Choice of Materials (Paper, Paint, Foil etc.)
11. Best Execution (Emboss, Deboss, Foil, Die-cut, Letter Press etc.)
12. Judges Choice

Criteria considered may include, but is not limited to:
-Innovation
Innovative use of die-cutting, silk screening, embossing, graphics, inks, materials, etc.
-Art/Illustration
Use of original illustration
- Color and Type
Use of color and typography elements to carry the package design

AWARDS OFFERED


Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals, Best of Show in Packaging Design
Packaging Design judging is automatic when spirits are entered in the tasting competition at
no additional fee.

To enter a product to be judged ONLY for Packaging Design, please fill out the entry form and write
PACKAGING DESIGN ONLY, ship form and product to the address below.
Packaging Design Only, is $30.00 per entry and one sample bottle per entry is needed.

Mail Spirits and Fees to:
Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
Attn: Spirits Department
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Colene Nath
Phone: (909) 865-4230 | Fax: (909) 629-2067 | Email: nath@fairplex.com