The competition for the Craft Spirits Berlin Awards is dedicated to handcrafted spirits. It is Europe’s largest contest in this area. All spirits and fortified wines are permitted. Handmade soft drinks, fillers and syrups can also take part in the competition.
The submitted products are judged by a jury of experts in a blind tasting. The jury includes distillers, sommeliers and sensor experts. Each product is assessed individually and by five jurors. The criteria tested include smell, taste, balance and typicality. The assessment is based on a 100 point scheme.
Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded according to the number of points achieved. In the past few years, around half of all products assessed have won a medal.
The “Best in Class” award is also given within the individual spirits categories. The product with the highest number of points in the entire competition receives the “Craft Spirit of the Year – Best in Show” award. The producer with the most awards is given the title “Craft Distillery of the Year – Best in Show”.
The festive award ceremony will take place on the eve of the CSB Festival, on March 4, 2023 at Säälchen, Holzmarktstraße 25, 10243 Berlin.
All winners receive certificates and medal stickers by post. The results will be available on this website from March 5, 2023.
Please register your products online. You will then receive a registration confirmation.
Our craft criteria
• Crafted in small factories
• Spirits from independent companies
• Free of artificial and nature-identical additives
• Free from preservatives, free from yeast or flavor extracts
• Free from synthetic sugars and sugars that are chemically produced
• Free of genetically modified raw materials
The registration fees are:
1st sample – 150 €
2nd and 3rd sample – each 125 €
from the 4th sample – each 90 €
An original, labeled bottle with a capacity of at least 0.35 L must be submitted for each product. Smaller bottles must be added to at least 0.35 L. Upon receipt you will receive a confirmation. Please send your product samples to the following address:
Craft Spirits Berlin Awards
Portal 1 / EG
For participants from abroad: Please follow your national customs regulations when shipping the samples. We recommend to attach a pro-forma invoice indicating the content as “No commercial value – goods not for sale”.
For shipments from non-EU countries: Please send your samples duty paid. The pro-forma invoice must be affixed on the outside of the parcel.
The deadline for receipt of entry of form and product samples is January 31st, 2023.
Confirmation of reception
As soon as we have received your products, you will receive a confirmation of receipt.