The Italian Beersommelier champion was picked

The Italian Championship of Beersommeliers, an event held in Rimini during the annual “Beer Attraction” – Italy’s most important beer fair for organic specialties, brewing technology and raw materials – crowned a new champion: Robert “Bobo” Widmann, brewmaster at Batzen Bräu in Bolzano. Widmann bested a field of 30 competitors in a dramatic finale, which has the candidates use their senses and some technical tools to correctly categorize beer styles and beer aromas, then subsequently give a detailed beer presentation before the judges. “I have participated in numerous courses and tastings. Naturally, this award is a nice affirmation of my years of hard work”, says Widmann.

Matteo Toso was the runner-up in this high-profile competition and Lorenzo Devoto took third place. The best five Italian candidates will compete for the coveted title of World Champion at the World Cup of Beer Sommeliers being held in Munich in September. Along with the Italian winners, the Swiss, Germans and Austrians have also selected their national champions. Further national championship events will take place in Brazil and Spain this Spring.