Western Australia’s Beerland Brewing won the AIBA trophy for Champion Australian Beer for its Beerland Blueberry Clouds, an imperial kettle sour that also won the gong for Best Fruit Beer.
Beerland Blueberry Clouds is a limited edition beer brewed for GABS Festival 2022 and described as follows:
“A classic 50/50 wheat and pilsner grist with a modern twist, kettle soured and fermented with 50 grams per litre of Australian blueberries. Lactose and vanilla added at different stages of the process add a creamy lolly like mouthfeel, while a late dry hop and high ABV lift this beer sky high. Finishing bold, bright and jammy.”
Champion Victorian Brewery was awarded to Reservoir’s Hawkers Beer, which also won Champion Large Australian Brewery.
Victoria’s Dollar Bill Brewing won the Australian Gypsy Brewer Award after last year winning the major Champion Australian Beer award.
Collingwood’s Stomping Ground Brewing took out three awards, including Champion Medium Australian Brewery as well as Best British or European-Style Ale for its Raspberry Smash and Best Porter or Stout for its Bunker Porter
Footscray’s Hop Nation snapped up Best Modern India Pale Ale for its Get The Gist and Collingwood’s Molly Rose picked up Best Belgian/French Ale for its Nectarined. Thornbury’s 3 Ravens Brewery walked away with Best European-Style Lager for its Hugin.
Whitfield’s King River Brewing picked up Best Amber/Dark Lager for its Mabon Doppelbock; Co-Conspirators Brewing won Best Modern Pale Ale for The Hop Peddler Hazy Pale Ale and Ocean Reach Brewing took home Best Amber/Dark Ale for its Journey Home Black IPA. Asahi Beverages won Best Pilsner for its draught Peroni.
Queensland’s Moffat Beach Brewing Co won three awards including Champion Small Australian Brewery, Best International-Style Pale Ale for its Shadow Of The Moon Eclipse Strong Pale Ale and Best Traditional India Pale Ale for its Trilogy Best Coast IPA. Bulimba’s Revel Brewing Company won Best International Lager for its draught Revel NZ Pils.
Western Australian winners include Metricup’s Beer Farm, which claimed the Consistency of Excellence award for its India Pale Ale. King Road Brewing won Best Australian-Style Lager for its King Road Lager. Cheeky Monkey Brewery won Best Australian Style Pale Ale for its draught XPA.
South Australia’s Big Shed Brewing’s won Best Specialty Beer for its Viscosiraptor, and New South Wales’ Wayward Brewing took home Best Wood and Barrel Aged Beer for its packaged Wayward Ripasso Bianco. Byron Bay’s Stone & Wood won Best Reduced/Low Alcohol Beer for its East Point draught.
Champion International Beer went to Belching Beaver Brewery of California, USA for its Viva La Beaver Stout.
The Melbourne Royal Australian International Beer Awards is the largest annual beer competition in the world assessing both draught and packaged beer and this year saw 65 judges taste 2,630 entries from 355 exhibitors, from 20 countries.
Brad Jenkins Melbourne Royal CEO said, “We have had an extraordinary response to the 2022 Melbourne Royal Australian International Beer Awards from the beer and brewing industry. We received a record number of entries this year, despite the ongoing global challenges and the natural disasters that occurred across north-east Australia. This is a testament to the value and importance the beer and brewing industry places on winning a trophy or medal in these world-class awards.
“There’s nothing like winning at the world’s largest annual beer competition that assesses both draught and packaged beer. I thank all the brewers from around the world who entered this year and congratulate all the medal and trophy winners.”
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