European Beer Consumers' Union
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.
The union currently has 14 members:
|Switzerland||ABO||L'Association des Buveurs d'Orge||1991|
|United Kingdom||CAMRA||Campaign for Real Ale||1971|
|Norway||NORØL||Norske Ølvenners Landsforbund||1993|
|Czech Republic||SPP||Sdružení přátel piva|
|Netherlands||PINT||Vereniging Promotie Informatie Traditioneel Bier||1980|
|Italy||MoBI||Movimento Birrario Italiano||2009|
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.