Elation at the Störtebeker Braumanufaktur in Stralsund: the brewers from northern Germany swept the board at the sixth Meininger’s International Craft Beer Award, winning the top Platinum award twice as well as two Gold and Silver medals. With the best scores of all the beers entered from Germany, the Nordik-Porter – a 9.1 per cent ABV imperial porter with aromas of prune and German rum pot – can proudly call itself National Craft Beer of the Year 2019. On top of that, the Störtebeker Braumanufaktur managed to gain the highest average score for its award-winning beers and was consequently named National Craft Beer Brewer of the Year.
The Doppelleu Boxer brewery from Winterthur in Switzerland received the International Craft Brewer of the Year award. They were able to win two Platinum, three Gold and three Silver medals.
International Craft Beer of the Year went to the Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru sour beer from the Boston Beer Company.
Among the most popular and hotly contested beer styles this year were barrel-aged and alcohol-free beers. Compared to last year, the number of entries rose considerably: barrel-aged beers by 44 per cent and alcohol-free beers by 24 per cent. The 90 judges from 13 different countries – made up of brewers and beer sommeliers or sensory experts from the fields of research and teaching – tested a total of 74 beer styles.
You can find all the results from the competition for the Meininger’s International Craft Beer Award 2019 here.