THE BEST OF INDEPENDENT AUSTRALIAN BEER RECOGNISED AT THE INDIES BEER AWARDS.
Dainton Brewery’s Triple Dry Hopped Double Red Eye Rye judged to be Australia’s best independent beer.
The Australian brewing community gathered in Melbourne tonight to celebrate the best beer in the country at the Independent Beer Awards, affectionately known as ‘The Indies’.
Hosted by the Independent Brewers Association, the Indies are an important platform to drive consumer awareness of the quality, excellence and importance of Australian independent beer, as well as providing an occasion for independent brewers to celebrate the strength of their contributions to improving Australia’s beer culture.
Over a thousand entries were judged by a respected panel of national and international beer professionals to recognise the best beers and award the Champion Beer Trophy to the most outstanding entry in each class.
The Champion Trophy awards winners are:
Champion Australian Indie Beer – Dainton Brewery’s Triple Dry Hopped Double Red Eye Rye
Champion Independent Large Brewery – Fixation Brewing Company
Champion Independent Small/Medium Brewery – 3 Ravens
- Pale Ale – Mismatch Brewing Co. – Pale Ale (keg)
- Amber Dark Ale – Nail Brewing Co. – Nail Red (keg)
- Porter Stout – Stomping Ground Brewing Co. – Bunker (keg)
- Hybrid Beer – Hunter Beer Co. – Slaked Magpie (keg)
- Lager – Sydney Brewery – Surry Hills Pils (pack)
- India Pale Ale Modus – Operandi Brewing – Former Tenant Red IPA (pack)
- European Style Ale – Bright Brewery – Razor Witbier (keg)
- Session Beer – Sauce Brewing Co. – Piss-Weak Sauce (pack)
- Strong Beer – Dainton Brewery – Red Eye Rye (pack)
- Mixed Culture Beer – Dollar Bill Brewing – Learning to Breathe (pack)
The Champion State/Territory winners are:
Champion Independent Brewery NSW – All Hands Brewing House
Champion Independent Brewery QLD – Balter Brewing
Champion Independent Brewery VIC – 3 Ravens
Champion Independent Brewery WA – Gage Roads Brewing Co.
Champion Independent Brewery ACT/NT – BentSpoke Brewing Co.
Champion Independent Brewery SA – Mismatch Brewing Co.
Champion Independent Brewery TAS – Van Dieman Brewing
Champion Australian Independent Brewpub (presented by Craft Brewery Insurance)
This year saw the introduction of this category to recognise the significant number of brewpubs in Australia and their integral role in the Australian craft beer segment.
A Brewpub is determined as servicing its local community and can be a pub, taproom or restaurant that brews beer on- premises, with at least 75% beer sold onsite.
Champion Independent Brewpub – All Hands Brewing House
Industry Nominated Awards
Each year the Indies also recognises individuals who have consistently exceeded expectations in their support, development and promotion of Australian independent beer.
Service to Industry Award (presented by Australian Brews News) Neal Cameron
Young Gun of the Year Award (presented by O-I Glassware) Dan McCulloch, Lallemands
Community Initiative of the Year Award (presented by Liquex Logistics) Stone & Wood, Ingrained Foundation
True Indie Supporter Award (presented by Thirsty Merchants) Corey Crooks, Grain Store
The Indies Awards also allows the beer industry to celebrate the success of BrewCon 2019. The brewing and business conference is the hero event for the Independent Brewers Association, held this year at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.
The conference exists to build excellence and best practice standards in the Australian beer industry.