Can Pacific Ale make its tenth GABS Hottest 100 podium?

Stone & Wood Pacific Ale has the chance to secure a record tenth consecutive podium placing in the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers, as voting gets underway in the 2019 poll.

Pacific Ale debuted on the podium in third place in 2010, topping the poll in 2011, 2015 and 2016, with second placings in all intervening years.

In a special Drinks Adventures podcast exploring Pacific Ale’s meteoric rise, GABS co-founder Steve Jeffares said the beer’s consistent performance in the poll is remarkable, with various other top performers having faded into obscurity over the same period.

“There’s not a huge number of beers that have been around for as long as the Hottest 100 Poll has, when we started it at the Local Taphouse originally,” he said.

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“It is the only beer that has resisted the drop, if you like. There are other beers like Little Creatures Pale Ale most notably, Feral Hop Hog to name another than have slid down the rankings, for a variety of reasons I imagine. 

“Somehow Pacific Ale has managed to stand the test of time in a hyper-competitive market when now there are so many options.

“It is quite remarkable that they have managed to stay at the pointy end of the poll consistently for so long.”

Stone & Wood Pacific Ale is the only beer to feature on the podium in the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers nine years running
Stone & Wood Pacific Ale is the only beer to feature on the podium in the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers nine years running

Most of the breweries that have suffered “the drop” have done so immediately following their sale to multinationals, highlighting the strong preference among some voters for independently brewed beers.

With Balter Brewing having announced its sale to Carlton & United Breweries in recent weeks, it will be interesting to see whether two-time winner Balter XPA will suffer the same fate in 2019.

In the 2018 poll, 88 per cent of beers were brewed by independents, up from 71 per cent in 2017.

Lion-owned ‘Furphy Refreshing Ale’ was the highest placed non-independent beer at 25th, and was the only non-independent beer to improve its position on the previous year.

Listen to the full podcast via the links below, and click here to vote in the GABS Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers of 2019.

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Author: James Atkinson

Journalist specialising in the food, drink, travel and hospitality arenas. Australian International Beer Awards 2017 Media Award Winner and Certified Cicerone®.

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