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Successful solution | Actually you were meant to read a report on the Craft Brewers Conference 2020 in San Antonio on these pages. But as we all know, Covid-19 spiked our guns. Nevertheless, the Brewers Association didn’t want to simply skip the CBC, so they came up with a stopgap solution: they have simply moved the event online. BRAUWELT International talked with Ann Obenchain, BA Marketing Director, about this new format.

High demand | 9925 visitors, 201 exhibitors and a total floorspace of 11 400 square meters – these are the figures achieved by drink technology India (dti) organized by Messe München.

An event of superlatives | The 33rd edition of the annual Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) competition, which took place October 2 to 4, 2019 in the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, USA, was an event of superlatives. Organized by the Brewers Association (BA), the GABF competition is open only to American breweries, unlike its sister event, the Association’s World Beer Cup®, in which breweries from all countries are allowed to participate.

Ludwig Narziß Award | The Ludwig Narziß Award for Brewing Science was awarded for the fifth time, again on the occasion of BrauBeviale that took place mid-November 2019 at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre. The award is designed to honour authors of a scientific publication in BrewingScience whose results have a strong practical relevance.

A perfect atmosphere at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre: Between 12 and 14 November 2019, BrauBeviale once again became the focal point of the international beverage industry. About 40 000 trade visitors (2018: 40 882), including around 18000 from outside Germany, travelled to the most important international capital goods exhibition for the beverage industry this year.

EBS and BBC Results 2019 | In November two famous European beer competitions took place. The Brussels Beer Challenge (BBC) has been held from 1 November to 3 November 2019 in its 8th edition. And only two weeks later the winners of the European Beer Star (EBS) 2019 were announced at the BrauBeviale in Nuremberg, Germany.

The 7th European MicroBrew Symposium | The first highlight of the trade fair week for craft brewers took place on November 11th: the 7th European MicroBrew Symposium. Organized by the VLB, the symposium was held one day before the doors of the trade fair officially opened.

From July 9 to 11, the fourth edition of food & drink technology Africa brought together the beverage, food and liquid food industry in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Juried Tasting | The 16th European Beer Star competition was held at Doemens Academy in Gräfelfing, Germany, from October 10th to 12th 2019. A total of 145 people were invited to evaluate 2,483 beers (+ 6%) in 67 categories from 47 countries and every populated continent. The jury members came from 28 countries and were mostly master brewers, beer sommeliers or beer connoisseurs.

Brewers Association | The 2019 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition took place from 3 to 5 October 2019 in Denver. Judges examined 9,497 beers from 2,295 American breweries. In a ceremony at Denver’s Bellco Theatre, award-winning breweries received prestigious gold, silver and bronze medals.

The 1st Africa Brewing Conference was held successfully from 21 to 23 May 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 180 participants from 20 countries utilized this event as a communication and knowledge platform. The conference was a joint project of VLB Berlin and DuPont Industrial Biosciences with the local support of Ethiopia Invest.