RMI Analytics has announced the jury of the Heirloom Malt Brewing Award 2018 competition.

The internationally renowned Beer-Sommelière works as author, speaker, and educator on the subject of the changing global beer culture. She teaches sensory evaluation, the study of styles and serves as a long-term judge at international beer competitions. Sylvia gives seminars and workshops across Europe.



Sylvia will be accompanied by four international judges from four different countries.

First, we are pleased to introduce John Mallett, Director of Operations at Bell’s Brewery in Michigan, USA. He is the author of the widely read book “Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse” and has been recognized for his expertise and leadership in brewery technical education and training. He serves on many boards and technical committees, including Master Brewers Association of the Americas, Brewers Association, Hop Quality Group, and American Malting Barley Association.

We also welcome UK beer writer Pete Brown on the panel. Pete is an acclaimed author, journalist, broadcaster, and consultant specializing in food and drink, especially the fun parts like beer and cider. He was named British Beer Writer of the Year in 2009, 2012 and 2016, and has just published a much-noticed book on the subject of beer ingredients: “Miracle Brew: Hops, Barley, Water, Yeast and the Nature of Beer”.

The chairman of the European Beer Consumers Union (EBCU) Henri Reuchlin may not be missed out when it comes to beer judging. He is also the founder of BIERburo, a consultancy to the Dutch beer sector, co-founder of the Foundation of Dutch Beer Education (StiBON) and the Circle of Dutch Family Brewers. He chairs the Dutch Beer Week and has written a book on Beer and Art.

A mixture of craft beer hero and heavily principled brewer Yvan de Baets from Belgium completes the panel perfectly. He is co-founder and face of the highly respected Brasserie de la Senne in Brussels. With his penchant for historical beer styles and his love for quality, he represents the small, artisanal brewers that are the heart and soul of Belgian brewing.

Registration for the Heirloom Malt Brewing Award is open until March 30, 2018. Learn more about the award here.