Liquid Gold - The winners of the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards revealed

05-Jun-2015 - Australia

The winners of Champion Australian Beer and Champion International Beer have been named at the Australian International beer awards (AIBA) Presentation Dinner last night, with Mountain Goat Beer from Victoria awarded for its Barley Wine – Barrel Beer, part of their Rare Breed range, and Lion Beer Spirits Wine, New Zealand for its Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark.

Photo: Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV)

Liquid Gold - The winners of the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards revealed

The 2015 AIBA, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, attracted a record number of entries with more than 1,700 submissions from 344 exhibitors, across 35 countries received. The wide variety of beer styles were assessed by an expert industry panel of 58 judges from around the world, over three days at Melbourne Showgrounds. There were 28 Champion and Major Trophies awarded.

This year’s Champion Large, Medium and Small Australian Brewery Trophies were awarded to 4 Pines Brewing Company, Thunder Road Brewing Company (for the second consecutive year) and Boatrocker Brewing Company, respectively.

Head Judge Warren Pawsey, who oversaw the largest panel of assessors ever assembled for the awards, was overwhelmed with the quality of entrants in 2015, which has improved year-on-year.

“We have been extremely impressed by the high quality product coming through, and 2015’s pool of entrants has not disappointed.”

Deemed the beer industry’s night of nights, the presentation dinner, held as part of Good Beer Week, saw over 800 people witness the much anticipated results, as well as the unveiling of this year’s collaboration beer, Girt By Three, brewed by the 2014 AIBA Champion Breweries – CUB, Thunder Road Brewing and 3 Ravens.

The AIBA prides itself on being accessible to all brewers and breweries worldwide, giving industry participants the opportunity to benchmark their product against global peers and allowing them to promote their awardwinning brews using the AIBA seal of quality and excellence.

2015 Australian International Beer Awards – Champion Trophy Winners

Barrett Burston Malting Trophy for Champion Australian Beer: Barley Wine – Barrel Breed (Draught) – Mountain Goat Beer, VIC

ExpoNet Trophy for Champion International Beer: Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark (Packaged) – Lion Beer Spirits Wine, NZ

GrainCorp Trophy for Champion Large Australian Brewery: 4 Pines Brewing Company, NSW

Barrett Burston Malting Trophy for Champion Large International Brewery: Brouweris De Halve Maan, Belgium

Kegstar Trophy for Champion Medium Australian Brewery: Thunder Road Brewing Company, VIC

Federation University Australia Trophy for Champion Medium International Brewery: Pelican Pub & Brewery, USA

FB*PROPAK Trophy for Champion Australian Small Brewery: Boatrocker Brewing Company, VIC

City of Ballarat Trophy for Champion International Small Brewery: ParrotDog Brewing, NZ

Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy for Best New Exhibitor: Yantai Platinum Brewing Company, China

AIBA Media Award presented by The Crafty Pint: Luke Robertson, Ale of a Time

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