Following the impressive success of the first Best Brew Challenge in 2015, leading German maltster Bestmalz invites brewers around the world to participate in its second international collaborative brew in 2016. At the end, the most exciting beers will be ranked after careful evaluation. Participants on six continents will be web-linked together when brewing their beer at the same time using comparable grain bills. After that, the brewers are called upon to show how many different beers can be produced using one and the same malt.
All participants must use at least 5 percent BEST Special X, a dark caramel craft malt that gives dark beer a full-bodied character, even if only a small amount is used in the grain bill. Brewers are given free hand in their choice of hops and yeast as well as the fermentation, maturation and, if applicable, filtration processes they use.
As of May 4, 2016, brewers (craftbreweries, microbreweries, brewbubs, homebrewers) can register to participate at www.bestbrewchallenge.com. At 2 p.m. MESZ on June 23, 2016, it is time to start the mash. The event will be broadcast live for media and beer fans at the well known local brew pub, NeckarSulmer Brauhaus, the winner of last year’s Best Brew Challenge, located near Heidelberg, Germany. The event can also be viewed online and on various social media channels.
Brewers who would like to enter their beer in the taste challenge for the BEST beers of Best Brew Challenge 2016 must enter their brew by August 30. An independent jury of international beer sommeliers will perform the official taste challenge and evaluation with individual feedback at the beginning of September in BESTMALZ’s malthouse near Kaiserslautern.
The highest ranked brew team can look forward to a weekend for two people in Heidelberg. The prize will include two tickets to the award winner’s party at NeckarSulmer Brauhaus.
BESTMALZ AG is a leading German family malting group founded 1899. The company is now managed in the 3rd family generation. The company supplies established national breweries, brewpubs and homebrewers in Germany and around the world with around 44 different base and specialty malts for brewing first-class beers of different types.