The competition, chaired by respected beer critic Jeff Evans and organised by OLN publisher William Reed Business Media, is a major fixture in the brewing calendar.
Judges - including beer writers, retailers and brewers - assess beer in 12 classes, awarding 60% of their marks for taste and 40% for the packaging. The top entries are then judged again by a super jury and the highest-scoring declared the "world's 50 best beers".
Entries will be accepted until July 9 and judging takes place on July 23 and 29. For entry information see ibc-awards.com.