Organisers of the International Brewing Awards and International Cider Awards have announced the judging line-up for the 2019 competition.

This year’s line-up of 51 judges — 43 looking at beer and eight cider — come from as far and wide as Scandinavia in the north to New Zealand in the south.

What differentiates this group from those judging oother industry awards is that they must be actively involved in bringing ciders and beers to market.

There are six new judges joining the brewing line-up, comprising: Caoafa Leonardo, from Cerveceria Kross in Chile; Pan Dinghao, from Panda Brew in China; Paul Holgate, of Holgate BrewHouse in Australia; Bjark Bertesein, from Carlsberg in Denmark; Angela Garcia Canseco, from Primus Brewery in Mexico; and Masanori Mizutani from Asahi Breweries Ltd in Japan.


Flair and imagination


Chairman of judging, Bill Taylor, said: “The competition has evolved and developed with the global industry and has accommodated many changes in the market over its 130-year history. This year’s line-up consists of judges, from established, big brands, alongside smaller enterprises who are really showing their flair and imagination at bringing new products to market.

“Given there are no stylistic definitions to rely on, having a panel of current industry professionals ensures a level of experience and language to enable the achievement of consensus after thorough dialogue.”

• The brewing awards and cider awards are currently open for entry here, with entries closing on February 1. Medal winners will be announced on March 8, with trophies being presented at an awards ceremony at the Guildhall, London, on May 1.

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