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Meininger´s International Craft Beer Award

Meininger's International Craft Beer Award 2022 took place in April 2022.
We will inform mid-February about the timing of the 2023 competition.

Meininger's International Craft Beer Award is a unique competition for beer. We have transferred the enormous wealth of experience from 50 years of wine and spirits tasting to beer, taken into account the special features of each individual style and said goodbye to the schemes we have been familiar with up to now. In this way, we have developed a system that not only results in medal awards, but also evaluates and describes the beers individually, thus enabling direct comparison with other beers and providing detailed feedback to all brewers.

Meininger's International Craft Beer Award is thus far more than just one competition among many in which beers are awarded prizes; it has become an industry meeting, a communication platform, an institution for comparison with other beers, a kind of benchmarking.

We look forward to tasting and evaluating your beer specialities and to presenting the best beers to beer connoisseurs all over the world in an even broader and more public way!


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Meininger´s International Craft Beer Award
Meininger´s International Craft Beer Award
How the tasting works

The participating beers with the highest score in each category will be awarded the well-known and sales-promoting Craft Beer Award medals: Platinum, Gold and Silver.

Additional awards are:

Craft Beer of the Year national / international

Craft Brewer of the Year national / international

The best beer from each category


The registered beers are divided into jury groups, each consisting of five to seven tasters. Chaired by a jury president, the group tastes the beers in thematically related flights. In contrast to other awards, however, the approach is not comparative (which beer from the series is the best?), but each beer is tasted and evaluated individually. This singular approach has proven its worth, as it gives each individual beer the attention it deserves.

In addition to the Rastal Teku tasting glasses per jury member, each beer is served in a special optic glass to assess appearance and foam behaviour. Each jury member evaluates the beers in terms of appearance, aroma, taste as well as overall impression in a 100-point scheme. In addition, and this is another special feature of the competition, the beers are described aromatically.

This descriptive analysis is carried out in 21 individually defined attributes for each beer category. The descriptions culminate in a spider's web diagram for each beer, which shows the respective flavour profile at a glance. Added value for brewers and consumers.