26 Craft Beers awarded Platin, Brauhaus Riegele and the Brewery Hertog Jan are Craft Brewers of the Year 2018
With 1,090 beers submitted, the fifth Meininger’s International Craft Beer Award set a new record for the number of entries. The 84 experts on the international judging panel closely
scrutinised the beers back in April – and the award ceremony was held yesterday in Neustadt’s Saalbau centre. At the ceremony, 90 breweries from Germany and elsewhere were honoured for the quality of their beers.
This year’s Meininger’s International Craft Beer Award saw breweries from 28 countries enter their beers for a chance to win one of the coveted medals or special awards. Whether Berliner Weisse, Eisbock, Dark Strong Ale or Imperial Stout, the vast array of styles was impressive. The almost 90 judges – many of whom are brewers and beer sommeliers or experts from the fields of research and teaching – tested a total of 70 different beer styles.
In total, 26 Platinum medals, 160 Gold medals and 141 Silver medals were bestowed on the best of the best. Riegele, a brewery based in Augsburg, picked up not only a total of twelve medals (one Platinum, six Golds and five Silvers), but also the title of ‘National Craft Brewer of the Year’. Dutch brewery Hertog Jan was named ‘2018 International Craft Brewer of the Year’, earning two Platinum medals, five Gold medals and three Silver medals for its beers. Clan Scotch Ale from Braufactum was named ‘National Craft Beer of the Year’, whereas the accolade of ‘International Craft Beer of the Year’ went to Delirium Tremens from Belgium’s Brouwerij Huyghe.
With a total of 1,090 beers judged, the fifth Meininger’s International Craft Beer Award set a new record for the number of entries. Some 30 per cent of the beers came from outside Germany: Austria and Switzerland led the way with 56 beers each, followed by the United States (27 beers), Italy (25), the Netherlands (24), France (21) and the Czech Republic (19).
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