The Lyon International Competition has 69 beer-tasting categories. These include: Top Fermentation Ale, Brown & Black Ale, Amber & Red Ale, Bottom Fermentation Lager, Stout/Porter, Wheat Beer, Flavoured Beer, Special Beer, etc.
The competition follows strict rules concerning its organisation, optimal storage conditions, classification of spirits based on numerous criteria, blind tasting, verification of the tasters selected, a 100-point marking scale, etc.
In addition, beginning in 2019 the competition will take filtration and IBU (International Bitterness Unit) into account in some of the tasting categories.
The organisers put incredible effort into the competition, and tasters feel their opinions are really taken into account. From one year to the next, the competition is made even better, particularly by taking feedback from tasters into account. The competition is committed to moving into the beer world, and in fact has sponsored my participation in the World Championship of Beer Sommeliers National.
A medal from the Lyon International Competition is important to brewers because it brings recognition and highlights the true worth of our beers. This tasting provides feedback from consumers, and above all from professionals—brewers and others in the CHR world. I also participate as a taster to discover new things!
An international beer sommelier and member of the French team of beer sommeliers, it was with great pleasure that I discovered the Lyon International Competition. Although the organisers are from the wine tasting world, they are able to adapt perfectly to the very special domain of beer taste analysis. Their openness of spirit and capacity to adapt have rapidly made the Lyon International Competition a key event in the beer brewing world.
In 2015, March 1st was not just the first day of Spring. It was also another important 1st!
The Lyon International Competition, initially devoted to wines from France and around the world, was opened to beer on that day. Needless to say, the beer lovers who form the Lyon Cervoise Club--and me especially--were delighted with this important development. At a time when beer was just beginning to sow its hops in the kitchens and on the menus of fine restaurants, it took courage to attempt a brewing adventure in a city so enamoured of Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône wines.
This first edition was quite a success. The organisation was impeccable, and the event provided a wonderful opportunity for us--defenders of our regional beers--to open up to other French beers and indeed beers from across the world. One table, four people, and on each table twenty+ beers to ‘put through their paces’ made for a simple and efficient tasting principle. From 150 beers for this first edition, entries grew to more than 600 for the 2018 competition. In the beginning, I crossed paths with just a few brewers, retailers and beer lovers at the tasting tables. Now I meet many brewers, talk with beer sommeliers from across Europe, and exchange views with increasingly knowledgeable amateurs. These are all signs of the quality of the Competition, and the importance of the medals it awards. And what can be said of the organisers’ welcome? Only that they show a level of courtesy that has become quite rare, and are always very attentive to tasters’ comments and needs. In four years, I have seen this Beer Competition evolve in a very positive direction... Not so easy, given the fact that everyone--from the competition’s organisers to its professional and amateur tasters--finds classifying the various types of beer an ongoing challenge. With varieties ranging from the palest blond to the darkest black, how could it be otherwise?
Participating in the Competition is very enjoyable, from the friendly morning greeting to the wine-laced finale when, after our work is done, we have an opportunity to enjoy some of the competition’s finest awarded wines.
Coming back is always a pleasure.