Registration enters you into the initial "Cheer Your Beer" round of the tournament. If you advance to the elite second round, the Draught Draft in New York City, you will need to qualify with your advancement fee. Further rounds of juried competition do not require additional advancement fees.
If you qualify for the Draught Draft but choose to forfeit, the brewery with the next highest score in your team's zone will replace you in the competition. Teams who replace forfeited spots will still need to qualify with the advancement fee.