2024 European Beer Star

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September 18th-21st, 2024

Nuremberg, Germany


  • April 2 - Registration Open
  • July 24- Deadline to register with EBS and the EDP (both required)
  • August 12 - East or West Coast Consolidation Deadline

Exclusive benefit for BA Export Development Program members

Not a member? Learn more about the Program benefits and fees.

The European Beer Star is an international beer competition that takes place in Germany, recognizing original and innovative beers. In the 2023 competition, 2,355 entries in 74 categories were judged by 149 beer experts from 31 countries. Of these entries, 64.5% were international and 35.5% domestic. EDP members won 24 medals in total, including nine gold, eight silver, and eight bronze.

International competitions continue to serve as key platforms to raise awareness for American craft beer abroad and assist breweries with generating publicity for their brands in overseas markets.

EDP Members: Please read all details below before registering.


The Brewers Association will cover the entry cost for up to three brands (bottles and cans only) per brewery and consolidated airfreight shipment for Export Development Program members.

Breweries can submit more than three brands but will be asked to remit payment for the number of brands submitted beyond three. The fee per additional brand is €250–if you enter more than three brands, you will be invoiced after registration has closed.

2024 Event Timeline

April 2 – Registration Open
May 17– End of early-booker discounted pricing
July 24– The deadline for breweries to register both via the European Beer Star Website and the EDP Shipping Form at the bottom of this page. Breweries must register with both to ensure inclusion in the shipment to Germany.
August 12-
Deadline for entries to arrive at either the east or west coast consolidation point
September 18-21 – Judging of entries
November 27- Award Ceremony & Winner’s Night at Brau Beviale in Nuremberg

Beer Quantity Requirements

Ten bottles or cans of each brand are needed for each beer with contents of at least 0.5 l.

Fifteen bottles or cans if the content is less than 0.5 l.

If you want to send a full case in greater quantity than the above outlined requirements, this is OK. Beers not needed for judging will be used in media interviews and also in beer educational classes by the European Beer Star organizers.

Please ship the beers in the regular cases–we need to tightly pack the pallets, as we are flying them to Germany. If you ship your beers in Styrofoam containers to the BA warehouse, please include the original cardboard case and 6-pack holders. Styrofoam containers will not be shipped to Germany.

Registration Instructions

Step 1: Register your entries with European Beer Star. The deadline for EDP members is July 24, 2024.

  • Review all information on competition procedure, category/style descriptions, and conditions of the competition.
  • At the payment stage, enter Voucher code: EDP@EBS2024! in the “Voucher” field to authorize your BA EDP membership (this is for BA Export Development Program members only – if you are not an EDP member, please contact Steve Parr to join.
  • After entering the voucher code, you must confirm the terms & conditions. At the bottom of the website, there will be a button to finalize the registration.
  • You will receive a confirmation via email. Save this. The QR code provided must be placed visibly on the outside of case packaging.
  • BA EDP members, do not pay any fees when registering your beers

Step 2: In addition to the official European Beer Start registration, register your entry information with the Export Development Program (EDP) via the form at the bottom of this page before July 24, 2024, to include your beers in the consolidated shipment to Germany.

Step 3: Ship your labeled entries to arrive at one of two consolidation points. Entries must arrive no later than August 12, 2024. Labeling occurs in two ways: first in the form of individual bottle/can labels, and again in the form of a QR code for case packaging. Read on for more details:

Each brewery must label its own samples: The Category number and the Registration number must be clearly visible on each bottle or can with an adhesive label.

IMPORTANT QR code for case packaging: In addition to bottle/can labels, you will receive a ready-made label with a QR code via email to be placed on the case packaging of each submitted entry (not each sample). You can track within your user account if your beer has arrived at the European Beer Star. Note: Breweries are responsible for creating and affixing their own labels. Labeling information can be found here.

Entries that are not labeled by the brewery may not be eligible for judging.

Shipping for Consolidation

EDP members have a choice of one of two consolidation points on the east and west coasts. Labeled entries are due to arrive at either consolidation warehouse no later than August 12, 2024. Entries that do not arrive on time, or are not registered with the EDP, are not guaranteed participation.

Mark all cases “BA/EBS” or print/affix this pdf. All cases must be labeled.

Looking for tips on packing/shipping beer for competitions? Start with Slide 15 of this Craft Brewers Conference seminar International Shipping for U.S. Brewers.

East coast consolidation warehouse address:

LAK Warehouse
Attn: BA/EBS
106 Kenny Place
Saddle Brook, NJ 07663
Phone: (201) 226-1981
Warehouse Contact: Steve Krawczuk

East Coast consolidation notice: This consolidation overlaps with consolidation for the EDP shipment to Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival. EDP members may deliver beer samples for both activities to LAK Warehouse simultaneously, but each case box must be labeled accordingly so they’re allocated to the appropriate pallet. Case boxes will not be repacked and cannot contain beer for more than one event.

West coast consolidation warehouse address:

**Palletized deliveries to the west coast consolidation point must make an appointment for delivery with Balmuth & Company LLC or may incur fees or be denied delivery**

Balmuth & Company LLC
Attn: Leonard Noto, BA/EBS
901 East “E” Street
Suite 201
Wilmington, CA  90744

Delivery Contact Person:
Leonard Noto 310-514-7226

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