Australian International Beer Awards 2016 winners announced

Prestigious honours to Western Australia's Gage Road and Boston Beer Company

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The 2016 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) most prestigious honours have been taken out by Western Australia’s Gage Roads Brewing Company and the Boston Beer Company from Massachusetts, USA in an exciting year of beer for Australian and US brewers.

Gage Roads Brewing Company’s Little Dove (draught) was awarded Champion Australian Beer, while Boston Beer Company was awarded Champion International Beer for its Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru (packaged). Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the AIBA is the world’s largest annual beer competition judging both packaged and draught beer.

A panel of 63 beer industry experts judged the beers over three days, from Thursday 12 to Saturday 14 May, with a total of 30 Champion and Major trophies awarded at the AIBA presentation dinner on Thursday 19 May.

Other major Australian trophies awarded included Champion Large Australian Brewer to Stone & Wood Brewing Co in New South Wales, Champion Medium Australian Brewer to Two Birds Brewing in Victoria, Champion Small Australian Brewer to Pirate Life Brewing in South Australia and the Australian Gypsy Brewer Award to BrewCult in Victoria.

International major trophies awarded included Champion Large International Brewery to Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits in California, USA, Champion Medium International Brewery to Pelican Brewing Company in Oregon, USA and Champion Small International Brewery to Moylan’s Brewing Company in California, USA.

The Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy for Best New Exhibitor was awarded to Barrabool Hills Brewery Co. in Victoria, Australia.

AIBA Head Judge Warren Pawsey, Little Creatures, congratulated his team of judges on another successful year of AIBA. “It’s a privilege to lead a such a diverse panel of Australian and international judges, who bring a wealth of knowledge and brewing expertise to the competition.

“As in previous years, the process was intense and the judging panel were impressed with the quality and range of styles that were presented this year. This year the medal round was particularly hard to judge with some truly cracking beers entered.”

Celebrating its 24th year in 2016, this year’s AIBA received a record 1,793 entries from 326 Australian and international breweries across 36 countries.

RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan congratulated this year’s trophy winners and entrants and thanked the Australian and international brewing industry for its continued support of the AIBA. “The RASV is dedicated to continually assessing and evolving the categories within the AIBA to reflect industry trends, brewing techniques and consumer interest.

“The AIBA would not be a success without the support it receives from the brewing industry and we would like to thank all the brewers who participated in this year’s competition.”

Champion Trophy Winners

Champion Australian Beer presented by GrainCorp
Little Dove (Draught) by Gage Roads Brewing Co. WA, Australia

Champion International Beer

Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru (Packaged) by Boston Beer Company, Massachusetts, USA

Champion Large Australian Brewery presented by Barrett Burston Malting
Stone and Wood Brewing Co. NSW, Australia

Champion Large International Brewery presented by City of Ballarat
Ballast Point Brewing and Spirits, California, USA

Champion Medium Australian Brewery presented by Dan Murphy’s
Two Birds Brewing, VIC, Australia

Champion Medium International Brewery presented by Federation University Australia
Pelican Brewing Company, Oregon, USA

Champion Small Australian Brewery presented by FB*PROPAK
Pirate Life Brewing, SA, Australia

Champion Small International Brewery presented by Cryermalt
Moylan’s Brewing Company, California, USA

Australian Gypsy Brewer Award presented by FB*PROPAK
BrewCult, VIC, Australia

Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy for Best New Exhibitor
Barrabool Hills Brewery Co., VIC, Australia

Major Trophy Winners

Best Scotch Ale/Barley Wine presented by The Crafty Pint
Old Chub Scotch Ale (Packaged) by Oskar Blues Brewery, Colorado, USA

Best Belgian/French Style Ale presented by Good Beer Week
Samuel Adams Stony Brook Red (Packaged) by Boston Beer Company, Massachusetts, USA

Best Wheat Beer presented by Beer DeLuxe
Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier (Packaged) by Phoenix Beers on behalf of Weihenstephaner, Bavaria, Germany

Best Reduced/Low Alcohol Beer presented by RASV
Pirate Life Throwback IPA (Draught) by Pirate Life Brewing, SA, Australia
Best Stout presented by Good Beer Week
Spies Like Us (Packaged) by Wormtown Brewery, Massachusetts, USA

Best Porter presented by Weyermann Specialty Malts

Chelsea Moylan’s Porter (Packaged) by Moylan’s Brewing Company, California, USA

Best Amber/Dark Ale presented by Kegstar
Two Birds Sunset Ale (Draught) by Two Birds Brewing, VIC, Australia

Best Speciality Beer presented by GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest
Samuel Adams Kosmic Mother Funk Grand Cru (Packaged) by Boston Beer Company, Massachusetts, USA

Best IPA presented by Kegstar
The Zymurgist (Draught) by Mountain Goat Beer, VIC, Australia


Congratulations to all the winners! 

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