Victoria’s beer scene is progressing at pace, and that progress was on show at the recent Victorian arm of the Vintage Cellars Best of Beer Awards.
“We relish days like this,” said Dainton’s Todd Barac, who was one of the judges. “Sampling some of the best beers not just in the state, but in the country. It’s a great time to be a Victorian beer drinker that’s for sure, with more variety and choice than ever before.”
To find out which beers triumphed, here’s a rundown of the winners.
Judge Guy Greenstone from Stomping Ground Brewery said this new category was the most surprising. “Everyone’s talking about no and low alcohol. It’s definitely a trend to watch, and there’s some good options in this category now.”
4 Pines Pacific Ale shone through in the ever-growing Summer/Pacific category. The judges found this refreshing ale was surprisingly full-bodied despite the lower ABV – the perfect summer sipper.
Melbourne’s Deeds Brewing is on the rise, with a spectacular new brewery and cellar door now showcasing the brewers’ talents. The easy-drinking but flavour-forward Deeds XPA took home the chocolates in its category – another example of the quality in the Deeds brewing program.
The Equalizer Hazy Pale has won awards all over the place, so it’s no surprise, particularly to Dainton sales manager Todd Barac, that it got the gong here.
“It’s got just the right amount of everything you like in a pale ale. A little bit of haze, some tropical notes and juiciness, but wonderfully balanced and perfect for the Australian climate.”
This was the judge’s favourite category of the awards, and top of the pops was the Arthur Smoked Porter from Blackman’s Brewery in Torquay. The judges loved its balance, from the smoky backbone to the dark chocolate and burnt caramel flavours.
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