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13th February 2013

Judging begins for International Brewing Awards

IBA judging starts feb 2013.jpgThe International Brewing Awards 2013 started today (13 February) at the National Brewery Centre in Burton-upon-Trent, as the panel of 40 judges began tasting almost 1,000 beers and ciders submitted to the competition.

Casks, kegs, bottles and cans of beer and cider have been received from 47 countries around the world and are now stored at the National Brewery Centre for the duration of the competition in temperature-controlled conditions.  A team of stewards is responsible for delivering beers to the judges, who taste them all ‘blind’ throughout the competition.

The International Brewing Awards are unique in requiring judges to be currently practising brewers and cider makers. They have been drawn from most continents and from different size and style companies.

Ruth Evans of the event’s organisers Brewing Technology Services said, “When we brought the Awards back to the UK in 2011, the National Brewery Centre was the ob

vious venue to host them and we are delighted to be returning for the 2013 competition.”

The judging lasts for three days, with Bronze, Silver and Gold medals announced on Friday afternoon before an anticipated crowd of 100 competitors and others from the brewing world. After this, the National Brewery Centre becomes the venue for an International Festival of Beer, selling the beers and ciders submitted for the competition t

o beer enthusiasts from Friday night to Sunday.

The International Brewing Awards are the oldest international beer competition and are held every two years at the National Brewery Centre in Burton.  The next competition will take place in February 2015.

Caption to attached image: judging begins on The International Brewing Awards at the National Brewery Centre. Photo courtesy of Neil Barker/Burton Mail



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