This year, Dave Dumay from Dad & Dave’s Brewing joined the judging panel, using his expert taste buds to determine the best beers in a slew of categories.
“I really enjoyed sitting with my brewing industry peers and sampling a range of products,” explained Dumay of the full-day spent judging entrants. “We don’t often get the chance to do such an in-depth tasting of that many products under a particular style so it was great to see what other peoples breweries were doing.”
According to Dumay, the awards confirmed to him that in Australia we’re seeing a movement back towards lagers as easy drinking and cost-effective beers. “I was also really impressed by the emerging sweeter categories such as Ginger Beer and a beer flavoured with yuzu.”
Non-Alcoholic: Tinnies Ultra Low Alcohol Can 375ml
Bursting with bright citrus and fresh pine aromas, and perfect for pairing with fried foods such as tempura or crispy chicken.
Better For You: Willie The Boatman Little Legend Mid-Pale Ale
A sensational single-hop mid-strength pale ale with whiffs of passionfruit.
Lager: Young Henry Lager
A light bodied, refreshing drink that tastes as if someone dropped a lemon sherbet in it.
XPA: Philter XPA
This low bitter beer is designed to be washed down with some pub grub or a snag wrapped in white bread.
Pale Ale: BentSpoke Barley Griffin
Light and crisp on the palate, this is a very sessionable, thirst-quenching ale with flavours of light biscuity malt and soft fruits.
Hazy Pale: Philter Hazy Pale Ale
A beer that sits in tropical fruit/brekkie juice territory, and has a decadent creamy finish.
Named after the mountainous coastal region in California, if you like American hops, this is the beer for you.
Ginger Beer / Flavoured: Grifter Pink Galah Lemonade Sour Can 375mL
The surprisingly pleasant sourness of this winner that tickles your throat just like a sherbet tingle.
Hazy IPA: Slow Lane Brewing Hazy IPA Can 375mL
Super fruity and super fresh, it goes perfectly with pulled pork burgers or battered fish and crunchy chips.
Well-balanced flavours, great texture, and a ‘sensible’ ABV mean you can enjoy a few without too many worries.