On the 10. of October Bar Convent Berlin’s exhibitor platform Brew Berlin hosted the 2018 Top 50 Awards ceremony, where our editorial staff awarded the top prizes to three proud winners: Oliver Wesseloh from the Kehrwieder Kreativbrauerei brewery in Hamburg, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Berlin and Brauhaus Riegele in Augsburg.

To celebrate the recent launch of our new beer industry magazine “BEER, BARS & BREWERS” (3B for short), Mixology publishing house founder Helmut Adam and 3B Editor-in-Chief Juliane E. Reichert handed out the 3B Top 50 Awards at last night’s ceremony. An online survey conducted over the summer among more than 100 brewers, bar operators, bartenders, shop owners and specialist retailers produced the beer industry’s winners in the categories Beer Personality, Beer Gastronomy and Brewery of the Year. A Top 50 list was then compiled from all the entries. First-place prizes were awarded last night as part of the Brew Berlin Meet-Up, presented to the winners by Juliane E. Reichert and the business partners co-hosting the evening’s ceremony, Petra Lassahn from Brew Berlin and Marco Retzlaff from Retzlaff Beer Fridges.  

And the winners are…

Brewery

Augsburg, Germany’s Brauhaus Riegele, seated deep in the heart of Bavaria, perfectly demonstrates that a traditional family-run brewing operation in business since 1884 can be just as hip and in-demand today as any trendy new start-up brewery from Berlin or Hamburg. Brauhaus Riegele’s chief Sebastian Priller is a leader in the creative beer league who has expertly built a bridge between the young, urban beer scene and rustic Bavarian beer drinking tradition with his world-class specialties such as “Noctus 100”, “Dulcis 12” and “Amaris 50”.

11 » Hops & Barley / Berlin

12 » Gänstaller Brau / Hallerndorf

13 » Brauerei Gebr. Maisel / Bayreuth

14 » Camba Bavaria / Seeon

15 » Brauerei Bosch GmbH / Bad Laasphe

16 » Dortmunder Bergmann Brauerei / Dortmund

17 » Vagabund Brauerei / Berlin

18 » Meinel Bräu / Hof

19 » G. Schneider & Sohn (Schneider Weisse) / Kelheim

20 » Kühn Kunz Rosen / Mainz

21 » Riedenburger Brauhaus / Riedenburg

22 » Orca Bräu / Nürnberg

23 » Crew Republic / München

24 » Brauerei Sander / Worms

25 » Ayinger / Aying

26 » Brauerei Heckel / Waischenfeld

27 » Mahrs Bräu / Bamberg

28 » Inselbrauerei / Rambin auf Rügen

29 » Brauhaus Lemke / Berlin

30 » Strassenbräu / Berlin

31 » Augustiner / München

32 » Hopferei Hertrich / Feucht

33 » Bayerischer Bahnhof / Leipzig

34 » Brauerei-Gasthof Kundmüller GmbH / Weiher

35 » Finne Brauerei / Münster

36 » Hopper Bräu / Hamburg

37 » Brewbaker / Berlin

38 » Störtebeker / Stralsund

39 » Braumanufaktur Welde / Plankstadt

40 » Brauerei Flessa / Berlin

41 » Häffner Bräu / Hopfenstopfer / Bad Rappenau

42 » Uerige / Düsseldorf

43 » Rittmayer / Hallerndorf

44 » Brauerei Hennemann / Sambach

45 » ÜberQuell / Hamburg

46 » Klüvers Brauhaus / Pansdorf

47 » Weissbräu Schwendl / Tacherting

48 » Brauhaus Zeche Jacobi / Oberhausen

49 » Brauerei Roppelt / Stiebarlimbach

50 » Malz und Moritz / Berlin

Beer Personality

It’s no surprise that the founder of this esteemed Hamburg brewery took the top prize in this category. Oliver is widely recognized as one of the key individuals who have helped shape Germany’s beer movement into what it is today. In 2012, Oliver returned to Germany after spending eight years as a brewer on the Cayman Islands and founded his new brewery back in his home country. Now, five eventful years later, he is one of the acknowledged luminaries of German beer brewing, and his beer varieties such as “Prototyp”, the “Shipa Single Hop Series”, “Imperial Black Prototyp” and “üNN” are indisputable staple products on today’s beer market.

11 » Nina Anika Peters / Hopfenhelden / Berlin

12 » Andreas Seufert / Pax Bräu / Oberelsbach

13 » Greg Koch / Stone Brewing / Berlin

14 » Sven Förster / Försters Feine Biere / Berlin

15 » Dan Copeman / Berliner Berg / Berlin

16 » Kiera Senst / Stone Brewing / Berlin

17 » Philipp Brokamp / Hops & Barley / Berlin

18 » Holger Eichele / Deutscher Brauer-Bund / Berlin

19 » Christian Hans Müller / Hanscraft & Co. / Niedernberg

20 » Peter Esser / Helios-Braustelle / Köln

21 » Esther Isaak de Schmidt-Bohländer / Bierland / Hamburg

22 » Michael Solms / Gig Linden / Hannover

23 » Kirsten Rhein / Tölzer Mühlfeldbräu / München

24 » Marc Rauschmann / Braufactum / Frankfurt am Main

25 » Stefan Krüger / Berlin Beer Week / Berlin

26 » Erin Bafigo / Derer Import / Berlin

27 » Felix vom Endt / Orca Brau / Nürnberg

28 » Jan Derer / Derer Import / Berlin

29 » Christian Wolf / Brauwolf’s Bierwelt / Dortmund

30 » Daniel Hertrich / Craft-Beer-Store / Hamburg

31 » Frank Böer / Braukunst Live / München

32 » Sebastian Priller / Brauhaus Riegele / Augsburg

33 » Knut Roenelt / Knuts Mixbecher / Uelzen

34 » Ludger Berges / Hopfen & Malz / Berlin

35 » Bjarne Mark Hoier / OnePint / Handewitt

36 » Ulrike Genz / Schneeeule / Berlin

37 » Daniela Hartl / Camba Biererlebniswelt / Truchtlaching

38 » Frank Müller / Brauhaus Riegele / Augsburg

39 » Georg Schroers / Brauerei Königshofer / Krefeld

40 » Oliver Lemke / Brauhaus Lemke / Berlin

41 » Daniel Elich / Altes Mädchen / Hamburg

42 » Markus Berberich / Insel-Brauerei / Rambin auf Rügen

43 » Markus Raupach / BierAkademie / Bamberg

44 » Matthias Thieme / Biervana / München

45 » Simon Siemsglüss / Buddelship / Hamburg

46 » Sandra Ganzenmüller / kommunikation.pur / München

47 » Steffen Marx / Giesinger Bräu / München

48 » Sylvia Kopp / Brewers Association / Berlin

49 » Thorsten Schoppe / Schoppe Bräu / Berlin

50 » Tibor Kantor / Redhot / München

Beer Gastronomy

When Greg Koch opened his brewery project in September, 2016 at the massive site in Berlin’s Mariendorf district, it was the hot topic in Germany’s beer scene for months. The sheer size of the premises in such an out-of-the-way location led to many a heated “arrogant bastard” debate. Within only a year Greg had clearly demonstrated that the days of taxi drivers who couldn’t even find the place were well and truly over. Stone’s very own Berliner Weisse also played an important role in establishing the new brewery in the German capital, as evidenced by the numerous nominations it received from within the industry.

11 » Dolden Mädel / Berlin

12 » Naïv / Frankfurt am Main

13 » Hopfenreich / Berlin

14 » ÜberQuell / Hamburg

15 » Knuts Mixbecher / Uelzen

16 » Kraftpaule / Stuttgart

17 » Galopper des Jahres / Hamburg

18 » Monterey Bar / Berlin

19 » Redhot / München

20 » Holy Craft Beer Bar / Düsseldorf

21 » Craft Bier Bar Hannover / Hannover

22 » Meisterstück / Berlin

23 » Taproom Jungbusch / Mannheim

24 » Gosenschenke Ohne Bedenken / Leipzig

25 » Alles Elbe / Hamburg

26 » Birra – Italian Craft Beer / Berlin

27 » Mikkeller / Berlin

28 » Braustelle / Köln

29 » Craft Beer Bar / Bremen

30 » Dicke Wutz / Frankfurt am Main

31 » Die Trinkhalle / Bochum

32 » Dr Hops / Leipzig

33 » Herman Belgian Bar / Berlin

34 » Wirtshaus Hütt’n / Nürnberg

35 » Kumpel Erich / Dortmund

36 » Riegele Wirtshaus / Augsburg

37 » The Castle Berlin / Berlin

38 » Salt n Bone / Berlin

39 » The Drunken Monkey / Augsburg

40 » Zapfhahn / Bamberg

41 » Giesinger Bräu / München

42 » Cafe Abseits / Bamberg

43 » Ambar / München

44 » Biersalon Trompeter / Hof

45 » Brandy’s BrauGarage / Wallersdorf

46 » Zauber von OS / Osnabrück

47 » Protokoll / Berlin

48 » Straßenbräu / Berlin

49 » Störtebeker Elbphilharmonie / Hamburg

50 » Phono / Karlsruhe

Die Bewertungskriterien

Die Bier, Bars & Brauer Top 50 haben das Ziel, besondere Leistungen in der Bier-Branche auszuzeichnen. Dabei wird sowohl Traditionspflege als auch Innovation und Weiterentwicklung der Branche gewürdigt.

Die Top 50 Awards werden sich mit der Renaissance der Biervielfalt mitentwickeln und ihre Kategorien entsprechend jährlich anpassen, so der Bedarf besteht.

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Brewery

Germany’s best brewery for Bier, Bars & Brauer Top 50 stands out for it’s innovation. Whether a traditional brewery or a newly foundered one, in addition to producing standard seasonal specialties (Frühlingsbock, Festbier, Winterbock, etc.) the brewery demonstrates a progressive approach to operations; e.g. through collaborations, innovative beer styles, unique ingredients or brewing practices. In addition to high standards in the production of beer and selection of ingredients, factors such as sustainability, environmentally sound management or social engagement should also be considered. A brewery must possess it’s own brewhouse.

Beer Personality

The Bier, Bars & Brauer Top 50 Beer Personality of the Year is awarded to an individual who has demonstrated commitment, dedication and passion in their approach to the beer culture in Germany. The individual acts to represent the industry through continued promotion for the interests of many. Their interest and activities serve the further development of the industry and aid in the dissemination of the beer culture to the broader public. Nominees for Beer Personality can be from sales/distribution, gastronomy or a brewery.

Beer Gastronomy

Beer diversity plays an integral role in the Bier, Bars & Brauer TOP 50 category for Beer Gastronomy. This award acknowledges the effort made to grow a culinary culture in the beer division of Germany’s gastronomy sector. This is supported by having organised events, capable and knowledgeable staff, a rotating selection of available beers or menu and continued attempts to achieve high standards in this area. A minimum of 30% of the offered beer varieties are not produced by any brewery aligned with the gastronomy establishment nor produced onsite by a house brewery. The staff and owner of the venue are competent in the area of beer and efforts to maintain continued professional development are made. Hygienic standards and necessary conditions to ensure optimal beer quality are enforced.