Brewers from across Australia have been recognised in the 2017 Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards (RABCA).
Announced this evening at the Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival at the Adelaide Showground, the awards showcased breweries of all sizes in the ever-growing craft beer industry.
RABCA Committee Chair Simon Fahey said the Awards, run by the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia, recognise the importance of Australia’s $7 billion beer and cider industry.
“This year’s awards attracted 224 entries from 50 brewers of all sizes from across Australia and New Zealand, with all entries judged blind by an expert industry panel,” Mr Fahey said.
New entrants Bodriggy Brewing Company (VIC) impressed the judges, awarded Champion American Style Pale Ale, Best New Exhibit and Most Outstanding Beer in Show.
Local craft-brewing icon Pirate Life Brewing, proved their strength in the industry, winning the Champion India Pale Ale, Champion South Australian Exhibit and Champion Large Brewery trophies.
South Australian brewery Vale Brewing won three major awards for their Vale Mid-Coast (Champion Reduced-Alcohol Beer), Vale Knee Slapper German Pilsner (Champion Pilsener) and Vale Amber Lager (Champion Other Lager).
Western Australian brewery Nail Brewing Australia also won three awards for their Nail Red (other Ale), Champion Medium Brewery and Clout Stout (Champion Stout), sharing the latter category with Clare Valley Brewing Co (SA).
The Hills Cider Company dominated the cider awards, winning both the Best Cider and Best Perry with their apple and pear ciders respectively.
Other award winners included Coopers Brewery Sparkling Ale (Champion Australian Style Pale Ale), Little Bang Brewing Co May Contain traces of Panther (Champion Porter Beer) and Woolshed Brewery Firehouse Coffee Stout (Champion Hybrid Beer).
Members of the public can sample trophy and award-winning beers at the Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival, on at the Adelaide Showground this weekend.
“Many of the entrants will be exhibiting their beers and ciders at the festival which will provide a great opportunity for the public to discover a range of styles from many different brewers,” Mr Fahey said.
The Adelaide Beer & Barbecue Festival is on at the Showground from 28 to 30 July. For more information visit www.adelaidebeerfest.com.au
Media enquiries: Simon Fahey, Chair, RABCA Committee – ph: 0408 920 577
Kirrilee Hay, Marketing Administrator, Royal Adelaide Show – ph: 0499 773 512
Michelle Hocking, General Manager, Royal Adelaide Show – ph: 0419 185 314