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KC Bier Co. Wins Silver! at the European Beer Star

Nov 23, 2021 11:57AM ● By John Gales
KC Bier Co. wins Silver at the European Beer Star!

Nuremberg, Germany –Kansas City Bier Company’s Winterbock was awarded a silver medal at the European Beer Star 2021 awards ceremony in Nuremberg on November 9 in the category German-Style Dunkler (Dark) Doppelbock.

KC Bier Co was the only American brewery to win a medal in a traditional German-Austrian-Czech-style category.

"The European Beer Star has an excellent reputation in the international brewing industry. We are proud that Winterbock earned a silver medal. This award is not only a great confirmation of the work of our brewery team, but also shows that Winterbock is one of the best beers in the world!" says Head Brewer Karlton Graham. 

In a two-day blind tasting in Gräfelfing, near Munich, at the beginning of November, around 130 international beer experts, consisting of brewmasters, trade journalists, beer sommeliers and other beer experts, objectively judged the beers submitted according to appearance, foam, aroma and taste, as well as category specific characteristics. In the 70+1 categories of the beer competition, only the three best beers were awarded gold, silver and bronze, respectively, in accordance with the Olympic principle. A total of 2,395 beers from 44 countries around the globe competed in the European Beer Star 2021.

Stefan Stang, Managing Director of Private Brauereien Bayern e.V. (Association of Private Breweries in Bavaria), is proud of this year's edition of the beer competition: "After a difficult year and a half for the entire international brewing industry, we are very pleased to see such a great response to the European Beer Star 2021. After a dip in the number of entries last year, we are now almost back to the record level of 2019. Even in challenging times, the European Beer Star stands as a symbol not only for the art of brewing and beer diversity, but also for a spirit of optimism in the industry," Stang continues.

In any case, the silver award is a validation of outstanding beer quality for Winterbock, especially for an iconic Bavarian-style judged in Munich in competition with other German and international brewers. Steve Holle, Founder and Managing Partner at KC Bier Co., is proud of the entire brewing and packaging team, stating "An independent jury of experts has voted our beer among the best in the world – a validation of our entire team, suppliers, and customers, who support our mission to produce authentic German-style bier.”

About the Kansas City Bier Company

Kansas City Bier Company opened in 2014 with the mission to brew authentic tasting German-style bier and serve it with the same freshness as a German bier served in Munich.  To produce authentic flavor, German-trained Head Brewer Karlton Graham uses only imported German malt & hops and follows traditional German brewing techniques.
About the European Beer Star
The European Beer Star has been organized by the Association of Private Breweries since 2004 and has long since become one of the most important beer competitions in the world. The European Beer Star honors beers that are genuine, full of character and of high quality. Most of the beer styles considered are those that originate in Europe. All breweries worldwide are eligible to participate: local, regional, supraregional, and internationally active breweries, not only from Europe, but from all countries on all continents. Further information at:

Kansas City Bier Company, LLC
310 W. 79th Street
Kansas City, MO  64114
(216) 674-0455