European Beer Star 2020

In 2020, the European Beer Star is the largest beer competition for the whole world. It will be held in Germany and is on the right track even in our "challenching" days.

"Already well over a thousand registrations!" This news has surprised and inspired the - for 2020 circumstantially subdued - expectations of the organizers of the "European Beer Star" competition. The organizers, that is the German Association of Private Breweries. "We had hoped for a thousand entries in total in the 'Corona Year'", says Kilian Kittl, the new manager of the competition, "now the thousand threshold was already crossed at the beginning of July. The breweries still have until 4 September to register their beers. The European Beer Star is an institution in the beer scene. The large number of entries and the organization of the competition are an important sign of the industry moving towards normality. Germany, Austria and Switzerland have so far provided two thirds of the beers; however, several registrations have already been received from the USA, Canada, Brazil, China, South Korea, Taiwan and Myanmar. Open for the whole world. Any commercial brewery from any countries and all continents can enter beers in the European Beer Star Competition. The Olympic principle. Prizes are exclusively awarded to the competitors placing first, second an third in each category. This is why the gold, silver and bronze trophies in the European Beer Star competition are so valuable. More information:


The biggest Brewery Groups in the world

Only 40 brewery groups account for 90 percent of the world's beer production.

World's beer production in 2019 reached a total of 1,913 million hectolitres. Compared to 2018, a slight increase (0.5 percent) was recorded. Significant is the fact that only 40 brewing groups produce 90 percent of all beer. Within these groups, production even increased by 0.8 percent. This is one of the first results from the BarthHaas Report Hops 2019/2020; it will probably be published at the beginning of October. Acquisition and merger activities in 2019 again concentrated mainly on the craft brewer segment. Who are the big ones? 1 AB Inbev, BEL, continues to top the list. The group's market share is 29.3 percent. Almost every third beer consumed in the world therefore comes from one of the AB Inbev breweries. 2 Heineken, NED, follows with 12.6 percent. 3 China Res. Snow Breweries, CHN (6%) 4 Carlsberg, DEN (5.9%) 5 Molson Coors, USA (4.8%) 6 Tsingtao Brewery Group, CHN (4.2%) 7 Asahi, JPN (3.0%) 8 Yanjing, CHN (2%) 9 BGI / Groupe Castel, FRA (1,9%) 10 Efes Group, TUR (1,9%)


The Great American Beer Festival®

The country’s most important beer festival and competition, originally scheduled for September 24-26 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, becomes an online experience on October 16-17.

This decision was further confirmed with the announcement on May 20, when Colorado Governor Jared Polis issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending certain statutes to allow the operation of alternate care sites in Colorado because of the presence of COVID-19, rendering GABF at the Colorado Convention Center infeasible. “While we are disappointed to not be gathering in Denver this fall for the craft beer community’s annual big tent event, the health and safety of our attendees, brewers, volunteers, judges, and employees is and always has been our top priority,” said Bob Pease, president and CEO of the Brewers Association. “As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to be affected for the foreseeable future, we must stay true to our priorities and pursue other ways to host GABF.” The 39th Great American Beer Festival may look different, but beer lovers from around the country will have the opportunity to come together in new ways to celebrate the nation’s craft beer community. The spirit of the festival will live on through live and virtual experiences with beer lovers and breweries nationwide on October 16-17, 2020. The event is still in planning, but experiences will likely include beer tastings, conversations with brewers, local brewery activations, and at-home beer and food pairing deliveries. The festival’s renowned professional beer competition will take place in 2020. A panel of more than 100 professional judges will assess the more than 7,000 expected entries to identify the three beers that best represent each style category. Brewery registration opens on June 9. More information on the competition, style guidelines, and awards ceremony: Source and photo: The Brewers Association


Kölsch for Denmark and the world

The first, internationally successful collaboration is now turning into an intensive collaboration. After Viking Kölsch, which was brewed together with Gaffel and Mikkeller, came onto the market last year, the Cologne private brewery now produces its own Mikkeller Kölsch for the Danes.

The top-fermented beer is brewed in Cologne under the specifications of Craft Beer pioneer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø by Gaffel master brewer Reiner Radke according to the Kölsch convention. The Cologne Purity Law is the basis for protection by the European Union. Since 1998, Kölsch has been both a variety and a designation of origin. Therefore the speciality may only be brewed in Cologne. "We are pleased that Mikkel Borg Bjergsø is working with us again," says Thomas Deloy, Marketing and PR Manager. "As a craft beer specialist, he appreciates our high level of brewing expertise and experience with top-fermented beers." Kölsch is a regional variety that is based in the Rhineland. Nevertheless, the top-fermented beer enjoys an excellent reputation internationally. Kölsch from Cologne can be found all over the world: in the USA as well as in China, Brazil and of course in the neighbouring European countries. "The Mikkeller Kölsch produced in Cologne once again underlines the high status of Kölsch in the entire beer and craft beer scene," says Product Manager Sebastian Lenninghausen. Photo: (c) Ben Hammer


AB Inbev sold significantly less beer in April

On Thursday, AB InBev published its results for the first quarter of 2020, which already clearly showed the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The year got off to a good start, with volume growth of 1.9% in the first two months of the year - the only exception being China.

The impact of COVID-19 on AB InBev's global statistics increased significantly towards the end of the quarter. As a result, volume declined 9.3% for the first quarter as a whole and 3.6% excluding China. Revenues decreased by 5.8%, while revenues per hectolitre increased by 3.9%. EBITDA of $3,949 million represents a 13.7% decline, with the margin contracting 331 basis points to 35.9%. AB InBev expects the impact on results in the second quarter of 2020 to be significantly worse than in the first quarter. This was already evident in April 2020, when global volumes declined approximately 32% in April 2020, primarily due to the closure of the on-site channel in most markets and government restrictions on certain AB InBev operations in connection with the COVID 19 pandemic. However, China is already on the road to recovery. AB InBev's volume in China declined approximately 17% in April, an improvement of 46.5% compared to the first quarter decline. The diverse geographic spread of AB InBev's operations allows the Group to apply best practices from its experience in China and South Korea to the rest of the markets as they go through different phases of the crisis and eventually recover. Source: inside beer (


American Craft Beer Week®

American Craft Beer Week®, the annual national beer holiday celebrated since 2006 by millions of beer lovers, breweries, and retailers, will be observed May 11-17.

American Craft Beer Week provides an opportunity for beer lovers to connect safely with each other while supporting – and possibly even saving – local microbreweries, taprooms, brewpubs, and regional craft breweries. These small businesses are undergoing unprecedented challenges due to the global pandemic. U.S. craft breweries are job creators and community gathering places—providing more than 161,000 direct full and part-time jobs and hosting nearly 68 million unique brewery visitors in 2019 alone. Additionally, craft breweries donated more than $82 million to local charities last year, approximately $3.10 for every barrel of beer brewed. 
 “Independent craft breweries are an essential component in the important economic network of growers, distributors, supplier partners, beer lovers, and retailers,” said Julia Herz, publisher of and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association. “This American Craft Beer Week, brewers and beer lovers will connect in new ways during these challenging times. From May 11 to May 17, those who commit to giving independent craft beer will make a difference that reaches beyond the beverage to support and save thousands of hometown breweries who are instrumental in giving back to so many local communities and charitable causes.” More information: Source and photo: (c) Brewers Association


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