NEW YORK (June 27, 2019) –– The Meiningers International Craft Beer Award, which took place in mid-May, has announced the winners after reviewing more than 1,200 beers from 31 countries. Riegele Brewery of Augsburg, Germany, received a dozen medals, including two platinum, eight gold and two silver.

This marked the sixth year the German publishing house giant, Meininger International, has held the International Craft Beer Award. Ninety judges from 13 different countries––made up of brewers and beer sommeliers or sensory experts from the fields of research and teaching––tested a total of 74 beer styles.

Riegele Brewery took home two platinum medals for its Auris 19 and Riegele Hell Alkoholfrei. The brewery received eight gold medals, for its Magnus 18, Dulcis 12, Noctus 100, Robustus 6, Simco 3, Amaris 50, Augsburger Herren Pils, and Bayerisch Ale 2. And it was awarded two silver medals, one for Commerzienrat Riegele Privat and the other for Riegele Feines Urhell.

“We are honored to have received such high accolades from the esteemed judges at the Meininger International Craft Beer Award competition,” said Sebastian Priller Riegele, world champion beer sommelier and Riegele’s 28th generation brewer. “The Riegele family has focused on brewing the highest-quality beers since 1386. Receiving these medals only underscores our brewing team’s dedication to the craft.”

With its tasting methodology, the Meiningers competition sets high standards for beer evaluation. Using the international 100-point scale, the beers are not measured against each other, but are instead judged individually on their appearance, aroma, taste and drinking experience by a six- or seven-strong judging panel. The award also includes a sensory description of the aromas and attributes typical of each beer style. These descriptions are used to produce an aroma diagram that is not only easy to follow for brewers and consumers alike, but that also provides a first impression of the beer’s taste.

Founded in 1386 in Augsburg, Germany, Riegele is one of the world’s oldest craft breweries, producing 140,000 barrels per year. Riegele is also one of the most awarded breweries in Europe having won dozens of prestigious brewery awards in Germany. It was recently named Germany’s Brewery of the Year for the third year running by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.

About Riegele Brewery
Riegele is imported by Luxe Brands and is distributed in Fla., Ga., Ind., Mass., Mich., N.C., N.J., N.Y., Ohio, S.C., and Tenn. For more information, visit and connect with the brewery on Facebook at @brauhaus.riegele.

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