The European Beer Star is one of the most recognized beer competitions in the world, committed to the traditional European art of brewing. The competition evaluates the beers on the basis of purely sensory criteria and is limited to beer categories, which originate in Europe (52). Fifty-six Brewers Association Export Development Program members sent 228 beers for the 2014 European Beer Star competition.
Congratulations to the BA EDP members winning 34 awards in 19 different categories in the competition. Overall in the European Beer Star competition, there were 1,613 beers entered from 42 countries. This is an increase of 7% more entries compared to the successful prior year. For the first time, the number of foreign beers exceeded that of beers from Germany (42% German vs. 58% international).
Judging of the beers was done by an international expert panel at the Doemens Brewing Academy in Gräfelfing near Munich, with 105 beer and brewery experts from all over the globe. Judges were in 12 teams from 25 different countries. Brewers Association Chris Swersey, Technical Brewing Projects Manager/Competition Manager and Andreas Fält, American Craft Beer Ambassador were part of the judging team at the European Beer Star competition.
BA Export Development Program winners: 2014 European Beer Star EDP Winners