European Beer Consumers' Union

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The European Beer Consumers Union (EBCU) is a consumer organisation founded in 1990 in Bruges by three national beer organisations, CAMRA (United Kingdom), Objectieve Bierproevers (Belgium) and PINT (Netherlands).


The union campaigns on European level to:

  • Preserve traditions in European beer culture particularly regional and local producers using traditional methods.
  • Promote craft beers and breweries including local/national beer styles and breweries and help support small breweries to prevent assimilation into multinational companies.
  • Represent beer drinkers to ensure consumers receive quality beers and value for money and choice in the marketplace.

Current members[edit]


The union currently has 17 members:

Country Acronym Organisation Name Founded
  Switzerland ABO L'Association des Buveurs d'Orge 1991
 Austria BierIG BierIG Österreich 2002
 Ireland Beoir 2010
 Poland Bractwo Piwne 1995
 United Kingdom CAMRA Campaign for Real Ale 1971
 Denmark DBE Danske Ølentusiaster 1998
 Norway NORØL Norske Ølvenners Landsforbund 1993
 Finland Olutliitto 1992
 Czech Republic SPP Sdružení přátel piva 1990
 Sweden Svenska Ölfrämjandet 1985
 Netherlands PINT Vereniging Promotie Informatie Traditioneel Bier 1980
 Italy Unionbirrai 1999
 Belgium ZYTHOS Zythos 2003
 Italy MoBI Movimento Birrario Italiano 2009
 France FNABRA Fédération Nationale des Associations BRAssicoles 2002
 Spain ACCE Asociación de Cerveceros Caseros Españoles 2009
 Spain CELCE Club Español de Coleccionismo Cervecero 1987


In 2003, Objectieve Bierproevers was replaced by Zythos.

In 2008, the member organisations signed up to a constitution which defined the formal aims and structure and the role of traditional beer as a prime component of European culture, history and daily life.

In 2012, Terry Lock, chairman since 1999, retired and Henri Reuchlin from the Netherlands was elected to replace him.[1]


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