Dr. Amanda Reitenbach, World Beer Cup judge

Dr. Amanda Reitenbach

Santa Catarina, Brazil

How did you get into the beer industry? Why does beer matter to you?

I began my journey in the beer industry from a scientific perspective, initially focused on producing scientific knowledge. Over time, my path shifted towards science, technology, and education, particularly within the realm of sensory sciences. For me, beer signifies the opportunity to share and apply evidence-based knowledge, contributing to the evolution and transformation of both society and the beer culture. The beer industry, with its complexity and diversity, offers an intriguing platform for exploration, innovation, and the pursuit of excellence. It serves as a fusion point where science meets craftsmanship, tradition merges with innovation, and artistry blends with precision. Beer holds significance because it transcends being a mere beverage; it embodies a rich tapestry of history, culture, and craftsmanship. Beer matters to me because it represents a dynamic world where science and culture converge to shape a constantly evolving and vibrant landscape. Through my involvement in the beer industry, I've witnessed the power of knowledge in enhancing beer quality, enriching consumer experiences, and fostering a passionate community. It's not just a drink; it's a catalyst for learning, sharing, and forging meaningful connections.

Why do you judge at the World Beer Cup? What does judging at the World Beer Cup mean to you?

Judging at the World Beer Cup holds significant value for me on multiple fronts. Firstly, it's an invaluable platform for honing and refreshing my sensory skills. Assessing a diverse range of beers challenges my palate, allowing me to stay at the forefront of sensory evaluation. It's a continuous learning process that keeps me sharp and informed about global brewing trends. Secondly, participating in the World Beer Cup is an extraordinary opportunity for international networking. It's a chance to reunite with fellow professionals, forge new connections, and engage in cultural exchanges. The camaraderie among judges and the sharing of insights are priceless aspects of this experience. Moreover, judging at the World Beer Cup offers a unique window into the global beer landscape. It's fascinating to witness the evolution of the beer market across different countries and continents. It provides valuable insights into emerging styles, innovative techniques, and the ever-changing consumer preferences worldwide. Judging at the World Beer Cup is not just an assessment of beers; it's an immersive journey of sensory exploration, professional camaraderie, and global beer discovery. It keeps me passionate, informed, and deeply connected to the vibrant world of brewing.