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PRESS RELEASE – CICA 2017 RESULTS

Madrid, June 20, 2017

The second edition of CICA concludes with a success of participation and quality of beers

After the tasting sessions held by the Jury on 14 and 15 June at the Escuela Española de Cata in Madrid, the rise of the International Craft Beer Contest is confirmed. CICA is a pioneering competition in Spain, which aims to value and recognize the good work and diversity of the different craft beers available in the market, generating awareness in the consumer about a product in full popularity and with high quality demanding criteria.

Some of the participating samples in CICA

The judges of CICA 2017 have tasted more than 120 beers from 3 countries over 2 days. A total of 50 samples of craft beer have reached the final, covering practically all categories and brewing styles that are commercially available today, and representing breweries from all corners of Spain. In addition, in a clear commitment to internationalization, a large group of foreign breweries have taken part in the competition, presenting some beers with a very careful elaboration and surprising characteristics.

The craft beer sector is growing by leaps and bounds, both in terms of number of agents involved and in terms of its professionalization, resulting in products carefully elaborated and with very interesting characteristics. The work of the Jury, composed by BJCP judges, brew masters, representatives of specialized media and professionals of the sector, has been very complex. It has not been easy to choose the winners among a large number of top-quality beers, who have demonstrated the effort and dedication of their producers to offer a well-brewed beer focused on satisfying the necessities of a demanding audience.

The great winner of this second edition of CICA has been the ‘Triple’ beer from the French brewery Terenez – La Brasserie du Bout du Monde. A specialty beer made in the picturesque region of Bretagne, copper colored and with sweet, fruity and spicy aromas and flavors that has captivated the expert palates of the Jury. In fact, it has received an overall rating of 48 points over 50, obtaining a Grand Gold medal and rising as the best beer of the Contest. Without a doubt, this distinction will suppose a definitive impulse for this brewery in its path to the excellence and the international recognition.

As for the Spanish breweries, it is worth mentioning the good role played by the Guipuzcoa-based brewery Pagoa, whose Red Ale ‘Gorria’ has obtained a valuation over 47 points, obtaining with it a Grand Gold medal and being chosen winner in the category of English, Scottish and Irish Ales. The Jury has highlighted its intense flavor, freshness and excellent balance, making it a beer almost perfect, easy and pleasant to drink. Moreover, another of their participating beers, the ‘Horia’ has reaped a Gold medal in the Lager category, resulting in a very successful representative of the Pilsner style.

The representatives of the Murcian brewery Yakka, who has managed to include four of their references in the CICA medal chart, have also played a major role. Both ‘Lunatica 1’ and ‘Brown’ have reached Grand Gold medals, winning the Acid Beers and Special Beers categories respectively. From the first of them, the Jury has appreciated the good integration of the malt with the fruit acidity that brings the Garnacha grape, while the second has drawn much attention to its originality and innumerable nuances that complement and improve a very good Brown Ale. In addition, the so-called ‘Las uvas de la IPA’, produced by Yakka in collaboration with Freaks, has won a Gold medal and has been named winner of the Pale Ale category in the popular IPA subcategory. Similarly, their ‘Humo Saison Smoke’ has shown a very correct integration of the Saison style with the smoky notes, and has also harvested a Gold medal.

The Canarian representatives from Cervecería Isla Verde, located in the island of La Palma, have demonstrated the good brewing level present in the archipelago. Thus, their ‘Indiana’ beer has been awarded a Gold medal and has been the winner of the disputed Wheat Beers category. Another of their original proposals, the ‘Julieta Negra Sin Gluten’, has also attracted the attention of the Jury, being awarded the best Belgian Ale and awarded with a Gold medal, emphasizing the interesting bet to produce high quality beers suitable for coeliac. Finally, in the category of Soft and Hybrid Ales, ‘Pícara’ has reaped a Silver medal thanks to its refreshing and citrus feeling, being a faithful representative of the Summer Ale style.

Jury tastings in Escuela Española de Cata

CICA 2017 medal chart is complemented by other renowned breweries in the national scene, such as Califa, who has won a medal with their two participant samples. His rotund and complex ‘Sultana’ has won a Gold medal and has been named as the best Dark Ale of the Contest. Their ‘IPA’ has also highlighted in the competitive and popular IPA subcategory, winning a Gold medal. Very striking has resulted the emergent Tian Beer project, which with its peculiar and delicate ‘Tiannana’, ‘Tea Beer’ and ‘Idílica’ has won a Silver and two Gold medals in the categories of Wheat, Special Beers and Soft Ales respectively, winning the latter. The participation of Palacios Vinoteca is also meritorious, being awarded with a Gold medal and a Lager award for their ‘Palax’ and another Gold medal with their amazing ‘Ceriux Tempranillo Blanco’, in the Fruit Beers sub-category.

Finally, other beers with presence in the medal chart are ‘Serena’ from the brewery La Bicha, a Blond Ale that has demonstrated its virtues in the category of Soft Ales and has received a well deserving Gold medal, the forceful ‘Imperial Stout’ from Olbea Pilsner, which has been awarded with a Silver medal in Dark Ales category, and the Grana ‘Oud Bruin Tostada’ beer, whose original combination of Belgian Oud Bruin and American Brown Ale has achieved a Silver medal.

In summary, CICA 2017 has been able to faithfully reflect the innovative, creative and meticulous spirit of the current craft beer panorama, as it is shown by the great number of distinctions that have been granted to beers from very different styles. These recognitions will be made visible to the consumer immediately, once the winning beers begin to show the badges that prove them as deserved winners of the Contest. This will mean not only an injection of morale for the producers, who will be valued and duly rewarded for their efforts by professionals from their sector, but also in a growth of prestige and recognition of their brand, which will obtain in the short term an increase in media presence and market share. Finally, in addition to congratulating all the winners, we are grateful for the dedication and confidence from all the participants in CICA, which contribute to keeping this Contest as one of the benchmarks in the craft beer sector.

Honor Table

Medal Chart

Download here the CICA 2017 Final Results

PRESS RELEASE – CICA 2017

Madrid, June 8, 2017

The second edition of CICA, a pioneering competition in Spain for the craft beer sector, is approaching.

After a very promising first edition celebrated in 2015 in which renowned breweries such as Sanfrutos, La Grúa and Virtus won awards for their elaborations in different categories, the International Craft Beer Contest returns in 2017 with many values reinforced and demanded. To its firm objective of value and recognize the quality and diversity of craft beer, it is added the variety of samples that will be increased from the first edition, with a jury participant composed of accredited professionals.

The Union of Spanish Associations of Sommeliers (UAES) promotes and sponsors this event, which will count for its organization with the experience and dedication of Alamesa, leading company in Spain in the organization of fermented drinks contests. The final tastings of the Competition will take place on June 14 at the facilities that the Spanish School of Cata has in Madrid. It will be attended by a prestigious jury composed of qualified judges, brewers, professionals of the sector and representatives of specialized media. All of them will follow the criteria established by the best world beer contests for the evaluation of the samples, guaranteeing a fair, objective and impartial evaluation of the beers.

One of the objectives of this second edition of CICA is to increase the number and representativeness of the beers participating in the Contest. Thus, among the more than 50 registered beers that reached this final, you will be able to find representatives of practically all the brewing styles commercialized at the moment, from the classic German Pilsner or Witbier to varieties that have gained a lot of presence lately, like the very popular IPA, The blunt Russian Imperial Stout and the peculiar Fruit Beer. Recognized brewers on the national scene have confirmed their presence in the Competition, and several emerging breweries such as Grana, Pagoa or Tianbeer will also present their samples to the Jury in this edition. It has decided to internationalize the participation in CICA, facilitating the registration of international breweries with various promotions and special offers. As a result of this work, the Contest will be attended by samples from France, Belgium or Germany.

CICA will be a great opportunity for brewers, in a booming sector that claims its space and definitely bet for quality. In this context, the Contest will be an ideal showcase for producers, in which they will be able to show professionals and consumers the particularities of their beers and their know-how and innovations in an increasingly demanding industry. In exchange, they will be able to know in detail the assessments that a professional jury will make on their product, and if they finally win a medal they will receive an important boost: their bottles will be able to show a badge that accredits them as one of the best beers in their style, favoring notably the image shown to the consumer and opening new opportunities for expansion and sales. Who will rise with such meritorious recognition? In just a week we will know.

AWARDS CEREMONY – CICA 2015


PRESS RELEASE – CICA 2015

Madrid, September 29, 2015

The first edition of the International Artisan Beer Competition (Concurso Internacional de Cervezas Artesanas CICA) will be held in Madrid on October 29. The Union of Spanish Associations of Sommeliers (Unión de Asociaciones Españolas de Sumilleres UAES) organizes this contest, pioneer in our country.

CICA is a great opportunity for companies that make artisan beer in the world. The October contest will bring together professionals and experts from a sector and a product whose demand grows. The most important brands will come with their best references to a date that lacks precedent and that will live its inaugural edition. The participation of international beers completes the poster of the contest.

October 29 is the only competition of these characteristics that is celebrated in Spain. The main purpose of it is to value the quality of the different craft beers. It is also CICA’s objective to showcase the existing varieties and flavors, to delve into the brewing culture and to deepen the context of consumption and the elaboration of an eminently social drink.

Artisan beer claims its space. Companies, of any size, that opt ​​for different manufacturing need a showcase to increase their visibility. Around the craft beer germinates a culture of product personalized, of personal elaboration and eminently local. The main attribute that distinguishes the new brands from those already established and industrial is the quality.

The Union of Spanish Associations of Sommeliers and the gastronomic consultant Alamesa jointly organize this contest, a contest that will make the scores public and visible. A jury of recognized specialists and professionals will award the qualifications.

This contest disseminates the culture of the consumption of artisan beer as a drink
Fermented and promotes its responsible consumption. Register your beer already and participate in a pioneering contest that will bring together the best of the sector!

PRESS RELEASE – CICA 2015

Madrid, September 7, 2015

CICA approached, the first international craft beer competition in Spain

The first edition of the International Artisan Beer Competition (CICA) will be held in Madrid on 6 October. The Union of Spanish Associations of Sommeliers (UAES) promotes this contest, pioneer in our country.

CICA is a great opportunity for companies that make artisan beer in the world. The October contest will bring together professionals and experts from a sector and a product whose demand grows. The most important brands will come with their best references to a date that lacks precedent and that will live its inaugural edition. The participation of international beers completes the poster of the contest.

The next October is the only competition of these characteristics that is celebrated in Spain. The main purpose of it is to value the quality of the different craft beers. It is also CICA’s objective to showcase the existing varieties and flavors, to delve into the brewing culture and to deepen the context of consumption and the elaboration of an eminently social drink.

Artisan beer claims its space. Companies, of any size, that opt ​​for different manufacturing need a showcase to increase their visibility. In previous years, the number of microbreweries and beer brands has grown. Sales of artisan references have increased despite the unfavorable economic situation and the decline in traditional beer consumption.

Around the craft beer germinates a culture of product personalized, of personal elaboration and eminently local. The main attribute that distinguishes the new brands from those already established and industrial is the quality. Each winemaker prints his own stamp, makes a product of author and seeks to link to his product clearly differentiated qualities.

The Union of Spanish Associations of Sommeliers and the gastronomic consultant Alamesa jointly organize this contest, a contest that will make the scores public and visible. A jury made up of specialists and professionals, recognized experts and prescribers of craft beer, will award the qualifications.

This contest disseminates the culture of the consumption of artisan beer as a drink fermented and promotes its responsible consumption.

PRESS RELEASE – CICA 2015

Madrid, July 22, 2015

THE UNION OF SPANISH ASSOCIATIONS OF SUMILLERES AUSPICIA THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONTEST OF ARTISAN BEERS

CICA is the only competition of these characteristics that is celebrated in Spain and its main objectives are to value the quality of artisan beers and to recognize the different varieties and styles that are produced all over the world.

Spain is the fourth largest producer of beer in Europe and tenth in the world. However, and although the figures have improved during 2014, per capita consumption of beer in our country has been declining for several years, especially in the hotel sector.

However, artisanal beer is experiencing a kind of golden age: it has made a dent in the market, considerably increasing the number of microbreweries and beer brands, and has experienced a significant increase in sales over the last five years.

Since the organization of the International Competition of Artisan Beer (CICA), the vision is clear: consumers want quality and know the varieties and styles of the products they consume; They do not seek to drink for drinking, but to enjoy beer.

That is why the Union of Spanish Associations of Sommeliers (UAES) and the gastronomic consultant Alamesa are launching this International Competition, which will make public and visible the scores awarded by a jury formed by specialists and professionals, proven experts and advisers of the Beers.

The first edition of CICA will be held on October 29 in Madrid and will serve as a platform for disseminating the quality and diversity of beers that are produced and consumed around the world. A competition that will also allow recognition of shared traditions and innovations throughout the manufacturing industry, while highlighting those unique customs of each of the participating countries and regions.

In addition, this contest will help to spread the culture of the consumption of craft beer as a healthy fermented drink and promote its responsible consumption.

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