Successful start with the new monthly format / Best Pils and Lager beers awarded / Altenburger Premium Pils is again Pils of the Year
Meininger's International Craft Beer Award, one of the world's most renowned beer competitions, has started into 2021 with a new monthly format. The new format sets an example in the industry, as it makes it possible for the first time to taste many different seasonal beer styles (e.g. Maibock, Summer Ale, Grünhopfenbier) fresh and at the appropriate time of year. Winning beers can thus be marketed with pinpoint accuracy.
At the start in January, Pils beers and international Lager were put to the test. A top-class jury of beer sommeliers, brewers and other experts from research and academia tasted the beers according to the special scheme of the Meininger's International Craft Beer Award, in which the beers are not only evaluated but also decisively described in sensory terms.
Altenburger Brauerei was delighted with the title "Pils of the Year". Its Altenburger Premium Pils was the only Pils beer to receive the coveted platinum medal. An even more convincing achievement, as the brewery thus repeated its previous year's victory and was able to defend the title of "Pils of the Year".
The beer experts chose the Ketterer Zwickel Pils as "Kellerpils of the Year". The traditional family-owned brewery M. Ketterer from Hornberg, which has been one of the most successful craft brewers for years, can adorn itself with a gold medal in addition to this special award.
The special award for the "Lager Beer of the Year" goes to Schwechat in Austria. The Schwechat brewery achieved the highest score in this category with its Original Wiener Lager and received a gold medal.
"It was a perfect start," says Director Degustation Christian Wolf, who is completely satisfied. "The feedback from the brewers shows us that we have taken the right path with the new format." Mareike Hasenbeck, board and jury member of the Craft Beer Award, adds: "Focusing on a few beer styles per tasting helps to get even more intensively involved with the characteristics of the individual beers."
The next themed tasting will take place in mid-February. Then the beer styles Porter, Stout and various Ale styles will be on the agenda.
An overview of all the medal winners of the January tasting can be found on the following pages.