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The organisers of the Perth Royal Beer Awards 2019 are calling all brewers to get their entries in before 1 June.
Organised and run by the Royal Agricultural Society of WA (RASWA), the competition forms part of the Perth Royal Food Awards, which aims to celebrate the best of Australia’s food and beverage offerings.
The organisers are urging everyone from large commercial brewers to amateur homebrewers to get their entries in before 1 June.
In 2018, more than 700 entrants signed up to the awards, and organisers expect 2019 to be even bigger.
Once all entries are in, judging will take place on 23 and 24 June, led by interstate chief judge, Jayne Lewis from Two Birds Brewing.
Gold Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to entrants who meet the criteria for each award.
Last year, the Trophy for Champion Beer was taken by Pirate Life Brewing’s ‘Pirate Life Mosaic IPA’, while the Best Amateur Beer of Show was won by Benjamin Tearne for his beer ‘It Gose in the Hole’. Benjamin was also the proud recipient of the Trophy for Best Amateur Brewer.
Elsewhere, the Trophy for Champion Large Brewery was awarded to Lion and 3 Ravens Brewery took home the Trophy for Champion Small Brewery.
Andy Scade, head brewer at Perth’s Bevy Brewing and a judge at the awards said the awards are all about quality.
“We’ve got some of the biggest and best brewers and breweries from across WA and beyond who are entering every year,” Andy said.
“That means it’s a true benchmark against the competition – if you win gold here, you really are among the best in Australia.
Andy said the integrity of the judging process is key.
“Every entrant is tasted ‘blind’ – all the fancy packaging, brand names and artwork is stripped away and all we get is a glass with some beer in it.”
“Taking that element away removes any preconceptions the judges might have and helps level the playing field. It’s all down to the tasting.”
Andy said that he believes that the awards are helping to drive an increasingly competitive environment for brewers.
“It’s getting much more competitive – no question,” he said. “Everyone is trying to better themselves, year-on-year and it’s clear that winning a Perth Royal Beer Award matters to them.
“We’re also seeing some incredible amateur brewers coming through who are really giving the bigger names a real run for their money. We’ve seen two-man operations, working out of a shed, go on to start their own brewing company and pursue their passion off the back of these awards.”
For more information, visit the Perth Royal Beer Awards website.