The European Beer Star has been organized by the Private Breweries Association since 2004. It has long since become one of the most important annual beer competitions in the world.
In tune with the times
The European Beer Star honors beers that are genuine, full of character, and of high quality. Most of the beer styles considered are those that have their origins in Europe. The world of beer styles is constantly changing. Therefore, the categories of the European Beer Star are reviewed, adapted or supplemented every year.
Open to the whole world
All commercial breweries in the world can participate in the European Beer Star. Local, regional, national, and international breweries, no matter from which country, from which continent.
The stars of the competition
The European Beer Star is particularly proud of its stars, the jurors. The expert jury consists of globally recognized beer and industry experts. Many have been involved in the competition for years. They are always happy to come, and in addition to judging the beers, they look forward to the lively exchange of ideas.
Gold, silver and bronze
Only the best three beers in each category receive an award. This means that the European Beer Star follows the Olympic evaluation principle with gold, silver and bronze. This makes the European Beer Star the toughest competition in the world - and the winning beers the stars among beers. Breweries that win European Beer Star Awards have every reason to be proud.
The two organizers of the European Beer Star, the association of Private Brauereien Deutschland and the Association of Private Brauereien Bayern, together cordially invite you to the European Beer Star 2022.
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As early as 2000, the association Private Brauereien was considering a beer competition for Germany and Europe. It was to be oriented toward the consumer in the evaluation of beers, focusing only on sensory properties and leaving analytical laboratory values out of the equation. Together with the Hans Carl Verlag, publisher of the Brauwelt trade journal, and the Doemens Academy, the European Beer Star was launched.
In 2003, a successful "trial balloon" was launched, with 30 beers and 15 tasters. This was followed in 2004 by the first "real" European Beer Star with 18 beer categories. Even then, the rule was that any commercial brewery in the world could participate, and the jury was made up of international beer experts with different professional backgrounds. Despite a short lead time, 271 beers from 14 countries were submitted, including beers from the USA.
Each year, the European Beer Star continues to evolve. Just as the international beer market changes, the European Beer Star as a tasting competition must also adapt to market developments. Always on the pulse of time.
Since its inception in 2004, the European Beer Star has only known one development - upward!
Year after year, the number of beers entered has increased. The all-time high was reached in 2019 with 2,483 beers. The Corona pandemic put a small damper on this development, but even in the very difficult year for breweries, the EBS organizers were pleased with 2,036 beers entered.
In 2021, the European Beer Star picked up speed again. With 2,395 beers submitted, the number was only slightly below the previous record level from 2019.
An increasing number of beers to be evaluated means that the panel of experts also has to become larger. While there were 23 tasters in the founding year, the tasting jury grew to 145 beer experts in the record year 2019.
The exceptional year 2020 was different: The organizers ensured that the European Beer Star could be held even in times of a pandemic with a comprehensive safety and hygiene concept. Due to worldwide travel restrictions, the beers submitted were judged by only 74 jury members. For the European Beer Star 2021, the expert jury again counted 128 international tasters.
The European Beer Star has become increasingly international in its history. While the submitted beers in the first year came from 13 European countries and the USA, the first entries from Africa, Asia and Central America followed as early as 2005. In 2007, beers from Australia and South America entered the competition.
The increasing internationalization of the European Beer Star is also clearly reflected in the jury. Whereas the tasters in the early days came from just four nations, today almost 30 countries are represented on the panel of experts.
In 2021, most of the entries - just over a third - came from Germany. The organizers received record entries from Italy, Austria, China, France and Japan. All in all, almost two-thirds of the beers entered came from abroad - a clear sign of how highly regarded the European Beer Star is in the international brewing industry!