Windhoek — Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL) received two silver awards at the European Beer Star awards during the BRAU Beviale Trade Fair in NÃ¼rnberg, a city in the German state of Bavaria on November 14.
NBL received silver for Windhoek Draught in the category of European-Style Mild Lager and silver for Windhoek Light in the category of German-Style Leicht Bier (light).
"These awards, like the DLG awards are of the most renowned awards for excellent quality. Two of our beers achieved a top rating in Europe's largest beer contest, the European Beer Star 2012 and we are extremely honoured by the accolades. The opinion of such an expert jury effectively confirms our policy of insisting on quality and first-class raw materials," said Christian Mueller, a brew master at NBL.
This year's competition was much fiercer than before. There were a total of 1 366 beers from 45 countries, an increase of 22 percent compared to the previous year. Entries increased by 17 percent in terms of beers from Germany and a 28 percent increase in international beers. The decision was made on October 12 within the scope of an all-day blind tasting at the Doemens Brewing Academy in GrÃ¤felfing, Bavaria, Germany where a committee of 102 international experts evaluated the beers.
The European Beer Star evaluates the beers on colour, aroma, head and taste. All beers are blind-tasted by a jury of master brewers, beer sommeliers, and accredited beer connoisseurs who only know the types of beers being tested but not the brands. The European Beer Star awards go to the most authentic and distinct beer with an impressive taste and quality that fulfil the criteria of the particular type in the best way possible. Only one gold medal, one silver medal and one bronze medal are awarded in each of the 50 different beer categories.