Range Brewing of Newstead in Brisbane, Queensland, has dominated the Independent Beer Awards 2020 with no less than four trophies.
Range took out Champion Beer and Champion IPA for its Fahrenheit IPA, along with Champion Small/Medium Brewery and Queensland State Champion.
Other major winners included Dainton Brewery (VIC) for Champion Large Brewery, and Moffat Beach Brewing Co (QLD) for Champion Brew Pub.
“Each year the Indies is celebrated as part of BrewCon which provides a fantastic opportunity for us to come together as a community, however this year the world changed and therefore so did we,” said Pete Philip, Independent Brewers Association chairman.
“As a result, the Indies Project Group and the IBA Team quickly reinvented the event which resulted in close to 700 entries, 32 judges working in Brisbane, Perth and Newcastle and a live ceremony that included crosses to more than 40 nominees and state parties around the nation. A mammoth effort for a very small team,” added Philip.
Michael Capaldo of Hop Products Australia and Indies Project Group Lead, said he was particularly impressed with the rise in quality of packaged beer.
“The first Indies competition in 2014 was similarly restricted to packaged product only, and I remember that the quality was definitely not what it is in 2020; it has gone through the roof!” he said.
“This is a great compliment to the maturity of Australian independents and to our brewers, who give their blood, sweat, and tears to make every batch better than the last.”
Champion Amber Dark Beer sponsored by Roxset Health and Safety Flooring Solutions –
Stomping Ground Brewing Co, Upside Down Brown Ale.
Champion Hybrid Beer sponsored by Ellerslie Australia and Lallemand Brewing – Loophole
Brewing Co, The Astral Project – Merlot Sour 2020
Champion Lager Beer sponsored by Barrett Burston Maltings – Hepburn Springs Brewing Co,
Champion Mixed Culture Beer sponsored by the IBA – Slow Lane Brewing, Botany Weisse.
Champion Session Beer sponsored by the Yakima Chief Hops – Moffat Beach Brewery, Moffs
Champion Strong Beer sponsored by Midland Insurance Brokers – Dainton Brewery,
SuperTrooper Imperial NEIPA
Champion Porter Stout Beer sponsored by Orora – FogHorn Brewery. Sligo Extra Stout
Champion IPA Beer sponsored by HopCo – Range Brewing, Fahrenheit IPA
Champion Pale Ale sponsored by Yakima Chief Hops – 3 Ravens Brewery, New World IPA
New South Wales State Champion presented by the NSW Government – Wayward Brewing
West Australian State Champion – Blasta Brewing
Champion Territories – BentSpoke Brewing Co. (ACT)
South Australian State Champion – Loophole Brewing Co.
Tasmanian State Champion – Moo Brew
Queensland State Champion – Range Brewing
Victorian State Champion – Dainton Brewery
Peer nominated awards:
Young Gun of the Year Award – Jessica McWatt Forbes, Red Stockholm
Community Initiative Award sponsored by BrewsNews – Nowhereman Brewing Co.
True Indie Supporter Award sponsored by Konvoy Kegs – The Local, St Kilda
Service to the Industry Award sponsored by Lallemand and Ellerslie Australia – Jamie Cook
Lifetime Achievement Award – Pete Meddings
Champion Brew Pub Award sponsored by Kegstar – Moffat Beach Brewery
Champion Small/Medium Brewery Award sponsored by Hop Products Australia – Range
Champion Large Brewery Award sponsored by Cryer Malt – Dainton Brewery
Champion Indie Beer Award sponsored by Bintani Australia – Range Brewing, Fahrenheit IPA