Haruka Kanazawa, from Ise Kadoya Brewery, Japan — one of the winners at the last awards in 2017
Applications for the 2019 International Brewing Awards and International Cider Awards — established in 1886 — are now open.
Held every two years, both awards are open to breweries and cider makers from around the globe, and entries are uniquely peer reviewed by a carefully selected panel of commercially practising brewers and cider makers.
Recognising the best beers and ciders in the industry, more than 100 medals and trophies are awarded to winners from over 50 countries.
Great lengths are taken to ensure the ideal judging conditions and processes are in place to ensure complete anonymity.
Innovation and diversity
The awards encourage innovation and diversity and, as such, this year sees the inclusion of new classes in the International Cider Awards, including barrel-influenced cider. Believed to be the only international awards to do so, judging classes within styles are also differentiated by alcoholic strength.
Ruth Evans MBE, director of Brewing Technology Services, said: “Presiding over one of the world’s most prestigious and longest-running international beer and cider awards is a great privilege.
“We pride ourselves on the high standards and the integrity of the judging, by only working with cider making professionals.
“We will shortly be announcing an impressive line-up of judges for both awards, which will once again be headed up by industry stalwart, Bill Taylor, formerly of Lion.”
Entries for both sets of awards close on February 1, 2019, with the medal winners announced on March 8.