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MUTED HORN – Opening Party, Thursday, 06.10


Great news for all beer lovers in Berlin: there is a new dedicated craft beer bar opening next week: MUTED HORN

Planned and custom built over the last months by the Canadian owners Jenia Semenova and Corbin Crnkovic, the bar is set to become a beer lover’s paradise in Neukölln in the south of Berlin. The selection on offer is ambitious from from the outset: 20 taps for regular kegs, 2 taps for nitrogenated beers and a large selection of beers from Berlin, Canada 
and international brewers.

On Thursday evening, 6th October, all are invited to the launch party.



When: Thursday evening, 06.10 (postponed from 30.09.2016)

Where: Muted Horn, Flughafenstraße 49, 12053 Berlin, Germany  (U8, Boddinstrasse)


Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/804439353024628/804462213022342/



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Winners announced for Berlin Homebrewing Competition 2016

The full list of winners for 2016 has been announced on the competition homepage: LINK


Berlin Homebrewing Competition Overall Winner for 2016

  • Competition Winner: Dirk Nolte – Hefeweizen


Category 1: Bottom Fermenting

  • Category Winner:
    • No overall category winner for Category 1
  • Runners Up (joint second place):
    • Stefan Wolf – Zwickelbier / Kellerbier
    • Jörg Schlömer – Dunkel
    • Daniel Stobbe – Dunkel


Category 2: Wheat Beer

  • Category Winner:
    • Dirk Nolte – Hefeweizen
  • Runner Up:
    • Ralf Borau – Weizenbock


Category 3: Pale Ale

  • Category Winner:
    • Ralf Borau – American Pale Ale
  • Runner Up:
    • Johannes Funcke – American Pale Ale


Category 4: India Pale Ale

  • Category Winner:
    • Simon Palmqvist – American Imperial IPA
  • Runner Up:
    • Johannes Funcke – American IPA


Category 5: Brown Ale, Porter & Stout

  • Category Winner:
    • Sebastian Mittag – Brown Ale
  • Runner Up:
    • Tilo Schwarzbach – Baltic Porter


Category 6: Special Category for 2016 – Belgian Ales

  • Category Winner:
    • Sam O’Neill – Saison
  • Runner Up:
    • Alexander Sperr – Witbier




Christian and Rory would like to thank all brewers for participating and everyone who helped out this years competition to make it a success, particularly the judges and sponsors.

See you in 2017!

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Berlin Homebrewing Competition 2016 – Announcement of Winners on 2. July

Mark the date: 19:30, 2nd July @ Home World Beer Bar (Neue Bahnhofstraße 23, 10245 Berlin)

All brewers and homebrewers are welcome to attend the announcement of the winners of the Berlin Homebrewing Competition 2016.


19.30: arrival of participants and their guests
20.00: announcement of the winners
20.30: Party Time!

All entrants to the Berlin Homebrewing Competition will also have the chance to collect their Judge feedback sheets on the night.


HOME & Getränkefeinkost Berlin have been so kind to contribute to a fresh keg of a classic beauty: Fuller’s London Pride – there is at least one free pint for all participants!
And, yes, from 21:00 you can watch the football Quarter Final on one of the screens at HOME as well!




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Selecting a Jury for the Berlin Homebrewing Competition 2016



On Saturday, 21.05.2016, several brewers gave up a couple of hours of their Saturday afternoon in order to take part in the Judge Qualification Tests for the Berlin Homebrewing Competition.

For this year, we specifically set the goal of having objective tests, with standardised sensory tests (via FlavorActiv off-flavour kits) as well as technical written test. The bar needs to be raised on judging homebrewing in Germany and the most effective way to do this is in such competitions and setting high requirements for all participants.

Today, I had the unenviable task of reviewing these tests and informing the judge applicants about their abilities and suitability to be on the judging panel. As is always the case with such selection processes, some homebrewers will be disappointed not to be included. The goal of this article is to be public and open on what basis our judges were selected and to stand by our decision.


Summary of the tests

  1. Written Test:
    • Eight broad technical questions were asked about brewing methods and beer judging.
    • Berlin homebrewers were all technically competent, with consistently high marks across all applicants.
  2. Off-Flavour Sensory Test:
    • 4 samples prepared with FlavorActiv off-flavour kits for beer were used: acetaldehyde, DMS, cardboard and Phenolic (4-vinyl-guiacol) notes.
    • This is the test that was the most challenging – with only one participant scoring 3/4.
    • Notes on the objectivity / difficulty of the test:
      • Each of the off-flavours could be detected by at least 1 participant (i.e. none were impossible to detect)
      • DMS and phenolic (4-vinyl-guiacol) were the most easily detectable, as indicated by over half the participants
      • Papery/Wet cardboard (Trans-2-nonenal) was the most difficult to detect.
      • Due to the difficulty of this test, the total passing level was reduced to 60% for the combined score
  3. Sample Judging of Homebrew:
    • Two beer samples were presented: Ordinary Bitter (weak beer with strong oxidation flaws) and an Imperial Stout (with more minor grain bill and acidity flaws)
    • Participants were rated on their ability to notice strong off-flavours and brewing flaws.
    • Correct analysis was rewarded, while false positives and false negatives were both penalised


Congratulations to the five Beer Judges who have been selected for the Berlin Homebrewing Competition 2016!!


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WOLFGANG official release party: Sunday @ Lager Lager


There is a new brewery in Berlin: WOLFGANG

This Sunday, they will be launching their first two beers, “W” a delicious big and juicy IPA that I have had the good fortune to sample already and “L” the new Pale Ale. WOLFGANG are gypsy brewing at Heidenpeter’s, Markthalle 9 at the moment but are establishing an own brewery in Berlin.


When: Sunday, 22.05 @ 13:00

Where: Lager Lager, Pflügerstraße 68, 12047 Berlin, Germany

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/804439353024628/804462213022342/