Experts

In 2019, 145 experts from 28 countries tasted the submitted beers. Each issue of BEER STAR NEWS introduces members of the international expert jury.

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Bernhard Sitter

Hotel owner and beer sommelier | GER | Passau-born, this man stands out thanks to his unique style. He sports lederhosen all year round, and wooden shoes in black and white or brown and white mottled cowhide style. Sitter is

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Simonmattia Riva

ITA | The man from Bergamo, Italy, did already like drinking beer during his studies of philosophy. In 2015 he won the World Championship of Sommeliers for Beer in Saõ Paulo. Currently he is running the restaurant “Craft Beer Garage”

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Andreas Urban

Master brewer | AUT | Born and raised in Vienna, Andreas Urban is Brewery Manager in Schwechat, chairman of the “Bund Österreichischer Braumeister und Brauereitechniker”, the Federation of Austrian Brewing Masters and Brewery Technicians. He also is lecturer for brewing technology and

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Ian Pyle

Master brewer | GER | After his studies in Weihenstephan, the graduate master brewer from Philadelphia, USA, worked for craft beer pioneer Samuel Adams. Since 2013 Pyle has been working for Ratsherrn, Hamburg, with emphasis on “creative beers from the

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Horst Dornbusch

Journalist | USA | The “pioneer of the new brewing industry” had founded his Microbrew long before Jimmy Carter legalized home brewing in 1978. The author of hundreds of beer articles wrote nine beer books and is co-editor of “The

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Norbert Schmidl

Journalist and beer sommelier | GER | An editor with the Ingolstadt daily Donaukurier, he has been a beer sommelier since 2008 and one of the first three CMOTIOMOBs (Certified Members of the Institute of Masters of Beer) since November

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