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Friday 08. December 2017

Craft Beer Italy - a great event thanks to Doemens’ support

Craft Beer Italy, a two-day B2B fair about craft beer...

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Dr. Werner Gloßner, CEO Doemens (Foto: Brauwelt)

Dr. Gerrit Blümelhuber, Managing Director Doemens

Stefan Grauvogl, Arte Bier (Foto: Brauwelt)

Friday 08. December 2017

Craft Beer Italy - a great event thanks to Doemens’ support

Craft Beer Italy, a two-day B2B fair about craft beer and its production, had its debut from the 22nd to the 23rd of November in Milan. 54 well-known exhibitors from 16 countries, who represented the complete process chain of craft beer manufacturers as well as 670 visitors were registered by the organizer, the NürnbergMesse Italia.

Accompanying the trade fair was a lecture series in two blocks (sessions and workshops) organized by Doemens Academy and the VLB Berlin. Representatives of Döhler, Pentair or Weyermann, for example, presented the audience with a variety of up-to-the-minute topics. From Doemens' side Stefan Grauvogl and Dr. Gerrit Blümelhuber weighed in with a total of six lectures, contributing to the high quality of this event.

From the 27th to the 28th of March, 2019, the second Craft Beer Italy will again be held in Milan - with the competent support of Doemens Academy

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Tuesday 07. November 2017

WBA European Brewing Study Tour, Fall 2017

The WBA degree program this Fall concluded with an...

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Tuesday 07. November 2017

WBA European Brewing Study Tour, Fall 2017

The WBA degree program this Fall concluded with an intensive, two-week excursion throughout Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. After touring the traditional Bavarian breweries Gutmann, Bischofshof and Schönram, participants came into close contact with the renowned Czech beer tradition at Pilsner Urquell, Budweiser and Chodovar.

In the Biergasthaus Schiffner in Austria, the group launched into the remarkable world of food pairings with beer over a delicious, 5-course dinner; The Freistadt, Hofstetten, Eggenberg and Stiegl breweries hosted our WBA trainees, giving them guided tours and introducing them to Austrian specialty brews.

The excursion included study tours to the facilities of raw materials providers and supplier manufacturers such as Weyermann, Ziemann Holvrieka, GEA, Kaspar Schulz and Krones. The fully modernized facilities as well as their global significance quite obviously impressed our participants. Guided tours of the German breweries Faust, Tucher and Schneider Weisse included further, professionally-run tastings of specialty brews.

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Friday 03. November 2017

Doemens at Global Bottled Water Congress in Barcelona

Zenith’s Global Bottled Water Congress covered a range...

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Friday 03. November 2017

Doemens at Global Bottled Water Congress in Barcelona

Zenith’s Global Bottled Water Congress covered a range of key themes for the global bottled water industry and provided excellent networking opportunities for industry leaders, suppliers, customers and analysts to gain strategic insight for essential business planning. Delegates heared from top international and regional manufacturers as well as from smaller industry players and entrepreneurs presenting their new products and concepts.

The Gala Dinner was opened with a Water Tasting, conducted by Dr. Peter Schropp from the Doemens Academy.  Following the Tasting with different famous mineral waters the winners of the Global Bottled Water Award were presented. Peter Schropp was one of the 6 judges, who assessed the entrants in 12 different categories covering innovation, taste, marketing, packaging and sustainability across all sectors of the packaged water industry.

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Tuesday 24. October 2017

Doemens’ Brazilian partner visits the Academy

South America has become an important focus for...

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Tuesday 24. October 2017

Doemens’ Brazilian partner visits the Academy

South America has become an important focus for Doemens’ international activities, especially for our increasingly popular beer sommelier training programme, organized and managed by our valued repre-sentative in the region, Cilene Saorin. „Escola Superior de Cerveja e Malte“ (ESCM), which trains pro-spective brewers, has become a reliable partner in the effort to professionalize beer sommelier training on the continent. In September, the training facility’s Director, Carlo Bressiani (second from right), along with his colleagues João Marcos Eccel (left) und Douglas Fernando Nunes (right), visited Doemens and were hosted by Doemens Savor Academy staff member, Fabian Staudinger.

Our South Ameri-can guests were impressed with the scope and size of our training facility, especially with the bottling and packaging equipment, the well-stocked laboratory and the experimental brewery used to train our students to produce virtually any beer style. Bressiani reported that the expanding beer sommelier training programs in Brasil, Argentina and Uruguay have become quite popular, and that the agreement between Doemens and ESCM – which both parties signed at the Brasil Brau – has already begun to bear fruit.

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Thursday 21. September 2017

Honored visitor from far-away Mexiko

Many internationally-known brewing and beverage...

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Eduardo Villegas (li.) und seine Frau zeigten sich beeindruckt vom Doemens Portfolio vor Ort, das ihnen von Fabian Staudinger, Mitarbeiter der Doemens Genussakademie, umfassend gezeigt wurden.

Thursday 21. September 2017

Honored visitor from far-away Mexiko

Many internationally-known brewing and beverage industry players were attracted to the offerings of the drinktec exhibition as well as to the World Championship of Beer Sommeliers event in Munich. Fortunately, an especially competent Doemens partner, beer enthusiast and beer expert made the long trip – along with his wife – and also found time to tour the Doemens facilities in Munich-Gräfelfing.

Eduardo Villegas heads the Academia Mexicana de Eno-Gastronomía and is a leading light of the beer sommelier training program in Mexiko, which just began this year. Doemens considers itself fortunate to welcome such a well-versed, experienced partner located in far-away Central America. Villegas was clearly impressed by the Doemens facility, which encompasses apprenticeship-training, the Savour Academy, seminar programs, consulting and related services.

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Wednesday 20. September 2017

Big retirement party for Dr. Wolfgang Stempfl

„We’d like to say thank you“ was the message that rang...

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Wednesday 20. September 2017 , von Andreas Hofbauer

Big retirement party for Dr. Wolfgang Stempfl

„We’d like to say thank you“ was the message that rang loud and clear from 200 well-wishers gathered for Dr. Wolfgang Stempfl’s retirement party at drinktec at the ICM Munich. It was a rather emotional farewell, for the simple reason that Dr. Stempfl left his mark on Doemens and on the entire brewing and beverage industry. Georg Schneider, Doemens‘ President, put it concisely: „Your fingerprint is everywhere at Doemens as well as all over the national and international brewing and beverage landscape“.

Two Parisian artists created a portrait of the guest of honor, using beer bottle stamps. Dr. Stempfl gave a deeply moving speech in which he highlighted the most important milestones of his 30-year career, starting out as a laboratory director, then school principal until 2001, when he became Doemens‘ Directing Manager. Thank you, Dr. Wolfgang Stempfl, for these past 30 years at Doemens, characterized by your energy, inspirational guidance, competence and respect for others

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Monday 18. September 2017

drinktec 2017: Visitors crowd Doemens booth

As predicted, drinktec 2017 turned out to be a fabulous...

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Monday 18. September 2017

drinktec 2017: Visitors crowd Doemens booth

As predicted, drinktec 2017 turned out to be a fabulous trade fair for all concerned. There was variety, innovation, inspiration and the very latest information to consider. More than 76,000 visitors (+12% vs 2013) from more than 170 nations brought drinktec the strongest presence in their 66 year history, surpassing all expectations. 67 percent of visitors came from outside Germany.

Visitors were welcomed in 15 halls by 1,749 exhibitors from 80 countries, another first. Yet again the exhibitors went all out to offer world premieres and first-class prototypes in attractive booths! This was especially apparent in Hall A2 at the newly designed Doemens exhibition booth, judging by the amount of positive feedback from everyone.

A whole host of visitors from all over the globe were welcomed with open arms, free-flowing Kellerpils and a selection of sour beers in the 60m2 booth. It was apparent that Doemens enjoys a strong reputation within the beverage community, has become an important training and professional development academy and is respected for its renowned Savour Academy, seminar programs and consultation services as well. The 5-day trade fair proved to be another major success for Doemens and aligned perfectly with drinktec’s 2017 motto: “Go with the flow!”

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Monday 11. September 2017

Stephan Hilbrandt is the new Beer Sommelier World Champion

The 5th World Championship of Beer Sommeliers took...

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Monday 11. September 2017

Stephan Hilbrandt is the new Beer Sommelier World Champion

The 5th World Championship of Beer Sommeliers took place in Munich. Stephan Hilbrandt from Germany prevailed against a field consisting of 69 participants from 15 countries to become the new World Champion of Beer Sommeliers. Vice Champion is Felix Schiffner from Austria and the third place was taken over by Rodrigo Sawamura. The competition, organized by Doemens Academy, took place today at Messegelände München in the run-up to this year’s drinktec convention.

The contenders demonstrated their vast knowledge as well as their considerable sensory skills in the earlier stages of the competition. In the semi-finals, a knockout round which featured the most persuasive competitors from the quarter finals, the remaining contenders were expected to present a beer style to a small audience. During the grand finale, each of the six finalists had to exhibit their full range of skills – including stage presence – before a high-ranking team of eight jurors in front of a live audience. They were given a beer style to work with that they had not previously prepared themselves to present.

Stephan Hilbrandt from Bonn persuaded the jurors and the audience with his considerable knowledge and impressive skills as well as his compelling beer presentation. He will hold the title for the next two years, during which time he will have the opportunity to spread the word about the culture of beer worldwide: “As new Beer Sommelier World Champion I will talk about the broad variety of beer, convince people and be the ambassador for beer worldwide.”

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Monday 04. September 2017

Dr. Wolfgang Stempfl says goodbye

He has accomplished great things not just for Doemens...

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Monday 04. September 2017

Dr. Wolfgang Stempfl says goodbye

He has accomplished great things not just for Doemens Academy, but also for the national and international brewing and beverage industry. His vision, his openness and his friendliness characterize this exceptional individual.We’re talking about Dr. Wolfgang Stempfl, a bedrock of Doemens for the past 30 Jahren, 16 of them as business manager. Stempfl turned Doemens Academy into a recognizable national and international brand in the brewing, beverage and food industry. Stempfl completed his last day on the job yesterday, but not to worry: he’s not going far. A big THANK YOU from the entire Doemens team for your accomplishments!

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Wednesday 09. August 2017

Doemens has its own booth at the BrasilBrau and Degusta Beer

Every two years, the South American brewing industry...

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Die Doemens Akademie war erstmalig auf der Brasil Brau mit einem eingenen Stand vertreten

Dr. Michael Zepf (li.), Cilene Saorin (Leiterin der Biersommelier-Ausbildung in Südamerika) und Eduardo Villegas (AMEG) freuen sich über die Unterzeichnung des Kooperationsvertrages zwischen AMEG und Doemens zur Ausbildung von Biersommeliers in Mexico

Professor Carlo Enrico Bressiani, (li, Direktor ESCM), Cilene Saorin und Dr. Michael Zepf mit dem frisch unterzeichneten Kooperationsvertrag zwischen ESCM und Doemens zur Ausweitung der Zusammenarbeit auf ganz Brasilien sowie Argentinien und Uruguay

Petra Westphal (li, Projektgruppenleiterin drinktec), Dr. Michael Zepf und Maria Valle (Auslandsvertreterin Messe München für Brasilien)

Peter Erhardt (li.) trifft seinen ehemaligen Berufschüler Dr. Michael Zepf (re.) am Stand am Doemens Stand. Bildmitte: Douglas Fernando Nunes (ESCM)

Wednesday 09. August 2017

Doemens has its own booth at the BrasilBrau and Degusta Beer

Every two years, the South American brewing industry meets in Sao Paulo at the end of July - this was their 14th meeting - at BrasilBrau and Degusta Beer & Food. For the first time, Doemens had its own booth at this major international event.

Doemens Academy's wide range of educational programs focusses on the training of beer brewers and the various courses offered by the World Brewing Academy (WBA). For this reason, Dr. Michael Zepf, who is the head of these two divisions at Doemens, was on hand.

Visitor interest for the beer sommelier program as well as the brewing technology training at the WBA was overwhelming and far exceeded expectations. One explanation for this is surely the fact that Doemens is known to the general public because, for the past six years, we have been training beer sommeliers in Brazil, and many graduates of that program have become interested in other professions in the brewing industry, with many wishing to expand their knowledge into other areas of brewing technology. Some 2,000 beer sommeliers have received training in various Brazilian cities thus far.Apart from Brazil, this training program is also offered in Chile and, via an upgrade course, in Mexico as well, where the full program will soon be available. All this has been made possible through a partnership with Academia Mexican de Eno-Gastronomia (AMEG).

The BrasilBrau, as the principle meeting point of the South American brewing community, offered the perfect platform for Doemens to meet with their respective partners in the surrounding countries and to negotiate an extension of the partnership. For example, extended cooperation agreements were signed with both AMEG and Brazil's exclusive partner, the Escola Superior de Cerveja e Malte (ESCM). Together with ESCM, Doemens is now able to offer beer sommelier training in Argentina and Uruguay.

At the same time, Dr. Michael Zepf also took the opportunity to give two lectures (beer management and beer quality, including ideas about the production of alcohol-free beers) at the BrasilBrau Congress.

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Thursday 22. June 2017

Doemens Asia: Renewed cooperation!

At this year's China Craft Beer Conference and...

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Thursday 22. June 2017

Doemens Asia: Renewed cooperation!

At this year's China Craft Beer Conference and Exhibition in Shanghai, Prof. Zhou Guangtian, Doemens representative in China, and Dr. Werner Gloßner, Managing Director of Doemens, renewed their cooperation. Prof. Zhou, who offers Doemens services in China, is a professor at Qilu University in Jinan, Shandong Province.

The cooperation between Doemens and Prof. Zhou has now been going on for more than 20 years. Prof. Zhou is also a "Doemensian". Up until now, the cooperation was mainly characterized by the consulting activities of Doemens employees in Chinese breweries. This is now to be expanded by establishing a yeast bank in China as well as further training and consulting activities in Chinese breweries.

For this purpose, Doemens Asia has moved to a new building of the Shandong Food Science Center, where not only laboratory facilities - especially microbiology - but also training rooms for up to 300 people as well as a fully equipped 5-hl brewery are available.

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Thursday 01. June 2017

Doemens supports plans to erect a new brewery in Mexico

A new brewery is being built in Guadalajara, which will...

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Thursday 01. June 2017 , von Dr. Gerrit Blümelhuber

Doemens supports plans to erect a new brewery in Mexico

A new brewery is being built in Guadalajara, which will serve not only the Mexican but also the US market. As currently planned, the future craft brewery will grow steadily in four construction phases by 2022. The company owner, Hector Ordónez, at right with Dr. Gerrit Blümelhuber, commissioned Doemens with the technical and planning support of the brewery. The Mexican market in particular, due in part to its proximity to the USA, promises strong growth rates in the craft beer sector.

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Friday 26. May 2017

First Korean Beer Sommelier Championship

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May 25th, the first beer sommelier championship...

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Friday 26. May 2017 , von Andreas Hofbauer

First Korean Beer Sommelier Championship

OnMay 25th, the first beer sommelier championship took place in Seoul, and thehead of the Doemens Savour Academy, Dr. Michael Zepf, was also present. Similarto the championships in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Brazil, thewinners of this event are automatically qualified to compete in the WorldChampionship of Beer Sommeliers in Munich. Among the six finalists, Soojin Leewas the clear winner, and has been crowned Korea's first champion beersommelier.

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Wednesday 15. March 2017

International Spirits Seminar

Hard on the heels of an ever-increasing demand for...

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Wednesday 15. March 2017 , von Andreas Hofbauer

International Spirits Seminar

Hard on the heels of an ever-increasing demand for craft beers during recent years, a similar trend is upon us in the area of quality-crafted spirits. For breweries, this trend opens up new market niches. For this reason, Doemens Academy has premiered a "Spirits Seminar" in English, which has attracted attendees ready to learn about the diversity of offerings waiting to be discovered in the world of spirits. Some have even journeyed from as far away as the Faroe Islands to hear from Dr. Gerrit Blümelhuber about variety, fermentation procedures and how to organize tastings.

Theoretical fundamentals were explained and deepened using our in-house still. The actual process was demonstrated via trial distillation and best practices of distillation were discussed. A tasting of different whiskeys rounded off this versatile, two-day program. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge of spirits, you can join us again next year at the Doemens Academy Spirits Seminar!

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Tuesday 28. February 2017

5. Ricardo Molina microbrewery seminar in Seville

In February, the microbrewery seminar of Ricardo Molina...

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Tuesday 28. February 2017 , von Andreas Hofbauer

5. Ricardo Molina microbrewery seminar in Seville

In February, the microbrewery seminar of Ricardo Molina S.A.U., a Weyermann regional trade partner for Spain and Portugal, took place for the fifth time in Seville. The seminar - sponsored by Weyermann Malz, Doemens, Fermentis, TNS and Ashland - was fully booked and well received.

Brewers from various regions in Spain participated in the seminar and offered informative lectures on topics such as specialty malts, dry yeast, use of stabilizers for craft brewers, as well as hop products. Doemens Savor Academy head, Dr. Michael Zepf, gave a comprehensive lecture on "The Beer Sommelier as an Ambassador of Beer", highlighting the comprehensive training program offered by Doemens.

Next to the Ricardo Molina S.A.U. team, Xavier Galobart also played an important role at these proceedings. Besides being a Key Account Manager for Food Ingredients at Weyermann, he also organizes the training of beer sommers for Doemens in Spain and Portugal.

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Wednesday 01. February 2017

New Doemens building: Innovation with an eye on the future

With its recent property purchase, Doemens Academy has...

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Doemens und die Gemeinde Gräfelfing sind stolz auf das ambitionierte Projekt "Doemens 2020": Uta Wüst, 1. Bürgermeisterin der Gemeinde Gräfelfing, Georg Schneider (li.), Präsident Doemens, und Dr Werner Gloßner, Geschäftsführer Doemens

Wednesday 01. February 2017 , von Andreas Hofbauer

New Doemens building: Innovation with an eye on the future

With its recent property purchase, Doemens Academy has set the course for "Doemens 2020", an ambitious new project. With support from the municipality of Gräfelfing, the relevant notarial agreement was signed on December 16th, 2016. On January 31st, 2017, the municipal council unanimously approved the property sale. Investment costs for acquisition of the more than 5,000 m² site at Lohenstraße amount to approximately 3.3 million euros.

Doemens, a renowned and globally recognized training and education facility serving the brewing, beverage and food processing industries, has been experiencing significant growth in all areas for several years. In just four decades, the Academy has trained over 3,000 graduates - recognized worldwide as leaders in beverage production, the wholesale/retail trade as well as in pharmaceutical and environmental sectors  in Gräfelfing.

The success of this institution relies on closely connecting theory and practice in the transfer of knowledge. Highly qualified faculty prepare their students not only theoretically, but also provide practical, hands-on training in the institute’s extensive laboratory and pilot plant facilities.

Highly specific space requirements need to be met in order for Doemens to continue to meet increasing demand. This is no longer possible in the present facility on Stefanusstraße. "Doemens can only maintain a leading national and international role in the education and training of technical managers if the latest technical and laboratory equipment are made available. A larger space is thus indispensable", notes Georg Schneider, President of Doemens e.V.

As part of the "Doemens 2020" project, a comprehensive site search was carried out for a new, larger building near Munich. After a plot of land at the Lohenstraße changed owners at the beginning of 2016, the municipality of Gräfelfing secured the preemption right for Doemens. This step was the basis for the establishment of a new Doemens facility in Gräfelfing. In subsequent intensive negotiations, both the original buyer of the property, Stauch Wohnbau GmbH and the municipality of Gräfelfing were willing to compromise, which resulted in the draft of a satisfactory joint notarial agreement.

"Gräfelfing as a location was a priority during our property search because our students, our employees and our customers feel welcome here," according to Doemens president Georg Schneider. Mayor Ute Wüst agrees: "It is an honor to continue hosting an established, international institution such as Doemens in our community. As Gräfelfinger, we are very happy to do whatever we can to make Doemens, which has been in operation for over 100 years now, continue to feel at home here.

"This new location, with its expanded facilities, will ensure continued growth and success for Doemens. Apprenticeship opportunities, seminars, the "Savor Academy" (which provides training for prospective beer and water sommeliers), as well as the availability of faculty for consulting and various other services - used extensively to support the industries Doemens serves - can thus be intensified and developed to their full potential.

Doemens 2020: A closer look at the timetable
Further steps leading up to the move into the new building are tightly scheduled. In 2017, public tenders for architects and specialist planners will be issued. A preliminary plan is to be drawn up by the Fall, upon which the Municipality of Gräfelfing will prepare its property development plan. These steps will be tightly coordinated by Doemens and the municipality of Gräfelfing together.

In the second half of 2018, the development plan is to be published and a building permit for the new building will be issued. This will be the start for tenders and, ultimately, construction. In the event everything goes according to plan, a move into the new building at Lohenstraße, including state-of-the-art laboratory and pilot plant equipment, is realistically expected for the beginning of 2021.

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Wednesday 18. January 2017

AMEG/Doemens beer sommelier course in Mexico

The Academia Mexican de Eno-Gastronomia (AMEG), under...

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Wednesday 18. January 2017

AMEG/Doemens beer sommelier course in Mexico

The Academia Mexican de Eno-Gastronomia (AMEG), under the direction of Eduardo Villegas, has been offering a noteworthy professional development course for beer sommeliers for some time now. Two years ago Doemens, represented in South America by Cilene Saorin, developed a course module for the AMEG program in order to upgrade their offering to the diploma level. Since that time the upgraded course has had two successful seasons.

And there’s more: AMEG/Doemens has partnered and will be offering a full course program for prospective bier sommeliers, conceptualized to take full advantage of growing international awareness for this type of professional training. Doemens is proud to be a part of this cooperation with AMEG in Mexico to further raise the globally relevant profile for the bier sommelier idea.

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Wednesday 14. December 2016

Doemens has partnered with CRAFT BEER ITALY

The NürnbergMesse has expanded its brewing and beverage...

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Wednesday 14. December 2016 , von Andreas Hofbauer

Doemens has partnered with CRAFT BEER ITALY

The NürnbergMesse has expanded its brewing and beverage technology sector (BrauBeviale, Beviale Moscow) even further by integrating the CRAFT BEER ITALY conference (http://www.craft-beer- italy.it) into its family of events. This exhibition is set to open its doors November 22 & 23, 2017 in Milano’s Talent Garden Milano Calabiana. Doemens Academy and VLB Berlin have been brought on board this purely B2B event to offer their expertise.

Representatives from Doemens, VLB Berlin and NürnbergMesse Italia met at Doemens in Gräfelfing to put together an attractive offer for CRAFT BEER ITALY, setting the direction the conference will take in terms of organisation and content. The main organiser, NürnbergMesse, has found the right partners to help guarantee success for the future of this event!

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Tuesday 04. October 2016

Dr. Werner Gloßner is Doemens' new General Manager

Dr. Werner Gloßner officially assumed office as General...

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Tuesday 04. October 2016 , von Andreas Hofbauer

Dr. Werner Gloßner is Doemens' new General Manager

Dr. Werner Gloßner officially assumed office as General Manager of Doemens e.V. and Doemens Academy, Inc. on October 4, 2016. He is looking forward to being a part of the Doemens family and to become more familiar with the vision and activities of this nationally and internationally recognised professional development and training institute. "Doemens has an excellent reputation in Germany as well as internationally, offering a wide spectrum of opportunities with a unique portfolio of compelling themes", said 50 year old Gloßner. Dr. Gloßner will join Dr. Wolfgang Stempfl as part of the leadership team until August, 2017 when Dr. Stempfl vacates his position.

After completing his brewing apprenticeship and graduating as a brewing and beverage technology engineer, he began his career with Roland Berger Business Consultants, moving on to positions at Schörghuber, Inc. and Paulaner. He then went on to spend the next 14 years as head of the Bavarian consortium of privately-held breweries („Private Brauereien Bayern“). "Doemens 2020" will become a major part of his new portfolio.

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Friday 26. August 2016

The First Diploma Beer Sommelier Course in Korea

In 2015, Doemens began offering a one-week basic course...

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Friday 26. August 2016 , von Dr. Michael Zepf / Andreas Hofbauer

The First Diploma Beer Sommelier Course in Korea

In 2015, Doemens began offering a one-week basic course for training beer sommeliers in the Korean language. The launch was very successful. With three fully booked courses, it was now time to advance to the second step and offer the five-day upgrade course – the beer sommelier diploma – a step that would allow those who had taken the first course to complete the program. Within a short time, this course was also fully booked with 20 participants, because almost all of the 60 participants from the basic course were eager to continue their training.

A highlight of the advanced course is the so-called Beer Culinarium, in which the participants prepare their choice of food to pair with the beers selected for the course. With its many and varied ingredients, spices and unusual methods of preparation, Korean cuisine is perfect for designing pairings with beer. Not surprisingly, everyone in the course did their best to outperform the others, giving rise to a tremendous food pairing session, revealing the undeniably adept epicurean talents of the participants.

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