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Beer contests

Each year, seven all-state beer contests take place in the Czech Republic.  Since 1994 RIBM has not organized any of these contests but has taken part as an expert referee.

Beer contests have for years taken place at about the same time of the year. Their chronological list is given below.

"Zlatý pohár PIVEX" – (PIVEX Golden Cup) has been organized since 1992 by promotion agency SNIP & Co and by Brno Trade Fairs. The expert referee is RIBM. The contest is two-round, the first round taking place in November of the previous year and the second in January/February.   The results are announced on the eve of the SALIMA Fair at the beginning of March.
In the frame of this competition the " Zlatý SOUDEK PIVEX" (Golden Keg PIVEX) - the competition of cask-conditioned beers is organized since  2014. The organizer of the competition is SNIP & Co, the promotion agency , RIBM is a professional guarantor. The competition of cask beer from microbreweries  "Zlatý miniSOUDEK PIVEX" is also a part of the competition.

"Zlatá pivní pečeť " (Czech Beer Seal) started in 1991 and takes place every year on the occasion of the Representative Beer and Mineral Water Festival in Tábor in January/February. It is organized by the REVEL Production agency – Alois Srb, Tábor.  It has for a long time been the most frequented beer contest in the Czech Republic with the participation of foreign beers.

"Jarní cena českých sládků" –(Spring Czech Brewer’s Prize) is destined solely for minibreweries. Founded in 2007, it takes place on the first March Sunday in the Zvíkovské podhradí brewery.

"České pivo 20xx" -(Czech Beer 20xx) is the only official contest organized by the Czech Union of Breweries and Malthouses. It was launched in 2001 and RIBM serves on it as expert referee. It is  two-round, the first round taking place in April and the second in June. The results are announced at the Saint Wenceslas festival at the end of September.

"Pivo České republiky" –(The Beer of the Czech Republic) takes place in July since 1997 on the České Budějovice exhibition grounds. It is organized by the REVEL Production agency – Alois Srb, Tábor and České Budějovice Exhibition Grounds, Ltd. The contest is open also for foreign beers.

"Dočesná" - (Hop Harvest Festival) is organized by the Hop Institute, Ltd., in Žatec and takes place during the festival in August/September.

"CEREVISIA SPECIALIS - PIVNÍ SPECIÁL ROKU" – is oriented specifically on special and unusual beer types. It takes place in mid-September as part of the festival of the same name. It is organized by PORT, a.s.o., and RIBM is an expert referee.