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EBCU salutes the historic contribution of the Reinheitsgebot

The world’s longest lasting piece of consumer legislation, the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot,which aims to protect the purity of beer recipes, celebrates its 500th anniversary on 23rd April 2016.

The European Beer Consumer Union (EBCU), which speaks for beer consumer groups across Europe, hailed it a major contribution to the concept of protecting beer quality by setting brewers some basic standards since 1516 but also sounded a note of caution for its relevance today.


In Memoriam Stefan Urbaniak

When someone’s sudden departure happens we only then realise the impact of that person on others’ life. Such was the case of Stefan Urbaniak, member of Bractwo Piwne, the Polish representative organisation within EBCU.

Stefan, a practicing lawyer, has been long time in charge of various legal and administrative aspects of the Polish Beer Brotherhood (Bractwo Piwne). Legal nuances, statutory solutions, formal guidelines, meeting guidance according to the internal rules – those were his tools to make the association progress while building a beer culture in Poland.


Toast to 25 years of the EBCU in London

A Jeroboam of beer to toast 25 years of the European Beer Consumers Union

Terry Lock & Henri Reuchlin

This year marks 25 years since the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands came together to create a union dedicated to the preservation and protection of European Beer Culture. To celebrate the 25th year anniversary, the EBCU will be opening a commemorative three litre bottle of the Belgian beer, St-Feuillien Triple, at the Great British Beer Festival.

Chairman of the EBCU, Henri Reuchlin says “25 years on, as more and more issues affecting beer consumers are being decided in Brussels, European cooperation between beer consumers is as important as ever. Beer cultures across Europe differ considerably and that is the beauty of it. Diversity of choice, consumer information on ingredients and provenance and beer at an acceptable cost is worth fighting for. We’re proud to celebrate 25 years of cooperation between European beer consumers at the great GBBF”


EBCU endorses the Brussels Beer Challenge

During its November meeting in Dublin, the European Beer Consumers Union has taken the decision to endorse the Brussels Beer Challenge competition. In doing so, EBCU now endorses four competions, i.e. World Beer Cup, European Beer Star, Birra dell' Anno (Italy) and Brussels Beer Challenge.


Make ingredient declaration and producer information mandatory available

Isn’t it strange that as consumer, you might not be informed on the ingredients used to make your favourite beer or wine? So, what is it you are drinking?


Limited choice for beer consumers in Sweden

The European Beer Consumers Union (EBCU) is very concerned with reports that recent changes in the way Systembolaget manages its beer assortment are detrimental to the interests of consumers.


EBCU reception

EBCU reception on Tuesday 30th September

Last year, Wim van der Camp, MEP, called it “one of the best receptions in your life”. The reception held by the European Beer Consumers Union (EBCU) on Tuesday 30th September, 2014,18:00 - 20:00 hrs At the Brewers of Europe 23-25 Rue Caroly B - 1050 Brussels


Which European Parliament Candidate supports a stronger beer culture? Check the EBCU Beer-o-meter


Interested to learn which candidate for the European Parliament supports a vibrant and diverse beer culture in Europe? The EBCU Beer-o-meter election poll shows you just that. Check it out on http://beer-o-meter.ebcu.org/, and make up your mind whom to vote for.

The European Beer Consumers Union (EBCU), “The Voice of the European Beer Consumer”, has conducted an election poll among candidates for the European Parliament to learn their view on the consumption of beer and beer culture in Europe. Consumers can compare their views with participating candidates from nine different countries.

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