Hobby brewers are enthused about the combination of German Championship and exhibition in Stralsund

The first-time combination of the German Championship of Hobby Brewers and the exhibition Home & Craft by drinktec has met with a positive response from all participants.

During the event, which took place on the grounds of the Störtebeker Brauquartier in Stralsund on September 28 and 29, Markus Krenkler from Lower Saxony became the German Champion of Hobby Brewers. The successful pair formed by the German Championship and the exhibition including workshops will be continued in 2019.

Some 1,300 visitors came to the German Championship in Stralsund and were present when Markus Krenkler was chosen as the Best Hobby Brewer of the year 2018. The engineer from Seevetal asserted himself against 119 competitors and convinced the jury composed of brewers, beer waiters and beer experts with his sparkling and fruity witbier. The beer is now also brewed at Störtebeker Braumanufaktur. The Tandembräu brewery group from Berlin, too, had reason to be pleased: The audience chose the group's Irish red ale from among nearly 100 creative beers as the the public favorite.

The "Home & Craft by drinktec" exhibition took place in parallel with the German Championship of Hobby Brewers for the first time. At the Störtebeker Brauquartier, nearly 30 suppliers of raw materials and brewing equipment presented everything that is needed for small-scale brewing quantities.

The workshops entitled "By professionals for hobby brewers", which took place within the framework of the exhibition and were almost fully booked up, proved to be another resounding success. Some 300 enthusiasts from all over Germany took part in them. Experts gave tips and tricks from practice. The range of topics extended from "Quality management and sensor technology" to "Creative up to crazy brewing", "Beer & timber(barrel)", "Theory & practice of extract & alcohol measurement" through to "Mysterious yeast".

The German Championship of Hobby Brewers was launched in 2017 by Störtebeker Braumanufaktur. Störtebeker has looked for a strong partner for the second edition of the championship: Home & Craft by drinktec, where hobby and microbrewers find suitable equipment for small batch brewing, had its premiere in September 2017 within the framework of drinktec, the World's Leading Trade Fair for the Beverage and Liquid Food Industry in Munich. Störtebeker Braumanufaktur and Messe München joined forces to provide hobby brewers with an annual platform for their hobby, in addition to drinktec which is held on a four-year cycle. The two events, the German Championship and the exhibition including workshops, complement each other in an ideal way, as the premiere in Stralsund has shown.

In view of the successful initial event, Messe München and Störtebeker Braumanufaktur will continue their cooperation. As its previous editions, the third German Championship of Hobby Brewers will be held in conjunction with Home & Craft by drinktec in September 2019.

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