Hello Craft Distillers!

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, bottled cocktails 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 at least three judges. The criteria tested include smell, taste, balance and typicity. 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” award. The producer with the most awards is given the title “Craft Distillery of the Year”.

The festive award ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 4th, 2023. All competition participants are cordially invited. Venue: Säälchen, Holzmarktstraße 25, 10243 Berlin.

All winners who are unable to attend the award ceremony will receive certificates and medal stickers by post. The results will be available on this website from March 5th, 2023.


Registration competition

Please register your products online. You will then receive a registration confirmation from us. By registering, you assure that all submitted products meet our craft criteria.

Our craft criteria

• Crafted in small factories
• Spirits from independent companies
• Free of artificial and nature-identical additives
• Free from preservatives, free from 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 €

Submit sample

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. Please send your product samples to the following address:

Craft Spirits Berlin Awards
Portal 1/EG
Erkelenzdamm 59–61
D-10999 Berlin

Registration and Submission Deadline

The registration and submission deadline is Friday, January 27, 2023. Samples arriving later cannot be considered.

Customs Clearance

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 smooth importation into Germany: “No commercial value” is considered for goods up to a quantity of five samples and up to a value of 50 euros per product group. Individual types of spirits are considered to be one product group each.

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.

Confirmation of reception

As soon as your products have arrived and have been recorded by us, you will receive a confirmation of receipt.

We are happy to answer any questions you may have

E: info@craftspiritsberlin.de
T: +49 1512 486 83 73 (Thomas Kochan)

Do you have another question? Here are the answers:

Again, how does it all work? In a nutshell: You send us a sample of your drink, our expert jury tastes and evaluates your product and then awards gold, silver and bronze medals. This year’s registration and entry deadline is January 27th, 2023.

What happens after registration? As soon as we receive your product, we catalogue it. We check the name, product category and alcohol content. You will receive a confirmation of receipt.

How can I imagine the tasting? In the past, the international expert jury met in Berlin for a blind tasting. Since Covid, this has been decentralized: We fill all the drinks into numbered miniature bottles and send them to the jury members. The jurors enter their assessments in a database developed especially for us. This year, the tasting will take place from February 15th to 17th, 2023.

What does the expert jury assess? Smell, taste, balance, visual appearance and typicity are judged. A maximum of 100 points can be achieved. Our jurors taste “blindly”: they know the category of the product and the alcohol content, but do not know which product and which producer stands behind.

What is evaluated exactly? Criteria with different impact are included in the evaluation: visual appearance (maximum 5 points); nose (clean aroma [7 points], typicity [5 points], balance aroma/alcohol [14 points]); palate (clean aroma [8 points], typicity [5 points], balance aroma/alcohol [16 points]); overall opinion (40 points). Each product is assessed individually – i.e. not in comparison with other products. In addition, the jurors give a written evaluation.

How do you get a medal? Gold is awarded to all products with more than 93 points, silver requires 87 points and bronze 80 points. So there can be several gold, silver and bronze medals.

What other awards are there? The title “Best in Class” goes to the product with the highest score within each category. The “Craft Spirit of the Year” award goes to the winner who scored the most points of the entire competition. The special award “Craft Distillery of the Year” in bronze, silver and gold goes to the distilleries with the most medals. The counting principle is: Best in Class = 5 points, Gold = 3 points, Silver = 2 points, Bronze = 1 point. To become a member of the “World’s Best Craft Distilleries”, producers must win three gold medals within three years.

When and how will I receive the results? The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on March 4th,2023 in Berlin. All attending manufacturers will receive their certificates and medal stickers on site. On March 5th, the medal winners will be published on our website. Winners who cannot attend the awards ceremony will receive their awards by post. We will directly send the score card and the written assessment to you by mail from March 6th.

How much is the participation? The first registered product costs 150 euros. A second and third product costs 125 euros each. The fourth and all further entries are 90 euros each. That’s it. There are no hidden additional costs.

What do I get for the money? All award-winning beverages receive a certificate as well as 50 medal stickers. Each submitted product will get a written evaluation by the jury. And to get to know each other in person, all producers will receive two free tickets to the festive awards ceremony on March 4th, 2023 in Berlin. To all winners who are unable to attend the event we will send the certificates and medal stickers by post .

Further questions? Write to info@craftspiritsberlin.de. We will answer immediately.