Awards for the best autumn and winter beers go to Hoppebräu, Riedenburger Brauhaus, Bitburger and Colombia Craft Brewing Company //
Freshly brewed green hops beers awarded for the first time
The final of Meininger's International Craft Beer Award 2021. In November, a top-class jury of experts, composed of beer sommeliers, brewers and other experts from research and teaching, gathered for the last time in 2021 to select the best beers of the year. In line with this year's seasonal concept, autumn and winter beers were the focus of the tasting. Among other things, the beer professionals had the opportunity to examine freshly brewed green hops beers for the first time in a competition.
"Currently, more and more breweries are rediscovering the seasonal character of beer," explains Benjamin Brouër, beer expert of the Meininger Verlag. "Especially green hops beers, in which the freshly harvested hop cones are processed, are gaining in popularity, which can also be seen in the number of participants in our award."
From winter bocks to smoked beers to barrel-aged - a total of 136 beers were hoping to win one of the coveted awards in November. At the end of the tasting day, the jury awarded 4 x platinum, 27 x gold and 3 x silver.
Special awards as the highest rated representatives of their style went to the following beers:
The smoked beer of the Year comes from faraway Colombia and is brewed by the Colombia Craft Brewing Company in Medellín. The Smoked Porter with 5.7% alcohol by volume scored points with the tasters for its harmoniously integrated smoke character and was awarded a gold medal.
Barrel-aged beers are undoubtedly among the most exclusive and sophisticated brewing specialities. Those who score points here have impressively demonstrated their expertise. Just like Markus Hoppe from Hoppebräu. His Hoppebräu Slyrs Oak Aged Imperial Stout (Edition 2021) earned top marks, won a platinum medal and goes home with the title of Wood-aged beer of the Year. Among other things, this Imperial Stout matures for four months in whisky barrels from the Bavarian Slyrs distillery. A very special beer experience with aromas of whisky, wood, dried fruit and smoke at 11.2% alcohol by volume.