Sydney Brewery Claims Top Prize At Queensland Awards

Sydney Brewery have celebrated the first beer awards of 2021 in much the same way they've been celebrating all those they've entered in recent years: with trophy success for a lager.

The brewery's Lovedale Lager made a habit of claiming awards on the biggest stages, and now their Pilsner looks set to take up that mantle, following last year's Champion Lager at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Beer Awards with Grand Champion Beer of 2021. This is in addition to claiming Champion Lager at the 2019 Indies and an Australian International Beer Awards gold in the same year.

It was judged the top beer from more than 480 entries from 71 brewing companies, winning a $5,000 Lion Bursary to invest in the business at the awards ceremony Brisbane Showgrounds today (March 3). Best Queensland Beer went to hometown brewery Aether for their Hop Skip Jump IPA.

As for the champion brewery titles, Black Hops added to their considerable haul of silverware with Champion Large Brewery, Sydney Brewery (whose Jenna Farrell and Raz Dyer are pictured above) took out Small/Medium Brewery, Sunshine Coast's Moffat Beach continued their impressive showing with Champion Brewpub – a category they'll no longer be able to enter after completing significant expansion, while Melbourne's Stomping Ground were named Best New Brewery.

Judge Steve "Hendo" Henderson, of Rockstar Brewer, said in a media release the Sydney Brewery Pilsner was an outstanding example of the style: “Since it’s a light style of beer it’s very difficult for the brewer to hide any faults and the team at Sydney Brewery has overcome this challenge,” adding that Aether's success was the result of a team "laser focused on improving their product with each batch they brew.”

Rowan Haling from Burleigh Brewing was named the inaugural Best New Queensland Craft Brewer Award on a day when the champion beer trophies were spread across a mix of familiar and lesser-known operations (see full list below). In total, 39 gold medals were awarded.

“While the number of beers entered in the competition increased, so did the standard," Hendo added, "making it challenging for the judges to determine the best of the best.”

Some of the medal winners will feature at the Kingdom of Beers event from April 9 to 11, held alongside Brisbane Cycling Festival at the Brisbane Showgrounds.


2021 TROPHY AWARD WINNERS

The trophy-winner Aether team (r-l): George MacGregor, Lachlann Newton, Annie Ward, David Ward and Michael Prout. And on right, Burleigh's rising star Rowan Haling.

 

GRAND CHAMPION BEER
Sydney Brewery - Sydney Brewery Pilsner (Draught)

BEST QUEENSLAND BEER OF SHOW SUPPORTED BY TREASURY BRISBANE
Aether Brewing - Hop Skip Jump IPA (Draught)

TREASURY BRISBANE BEST NEW QUEENSLAND CRAFT BREWER AWARD
Rowan Haling - Burleigh Brewing

CHAMPION BREWPUB
Moffat Beach Brewing Co

CHAMPION LARGE BREWERY SUPPORTED BY CRYER MALT AUSTRALIA
Black Hops Brewing

CHAMPION SMALL/MEDIUM BREWERY
Sydney Brewery

BEST NEW BREWERY
Stomping Ground Brewing Co

CHAMPION MIXED CULTURE BEER SUPPORTED BY 13 CABS
Currumbin Valley Brewing - Table Beer (Packaged)

CHAMPION STRONG BEER SUPPORTED BY 13 CABS
Aether Brewing - Hop Skip Jump IPA (Draught)

CHAMPION SESSION BEER SUPPORTED BY YAKIMA CHIEF HOPS
Moffat Beach Brewing Co - Moffs Summer Ale (Draught)

CHAMPION EUROPEAN-STYLE ALE SUPPORTED BY BREWS NEWS
FICK Brewing Company - Brussels Ale (Draught)

CHAMPION INDIA PALE ALE SUPPORTED BY PACIFIC HOTEL BRISBANE
Black Hops Brewing - Code Red (Packaged)

CHAMPION LAGER SUPPORTED BY BARRETT BURSTON MALTING
Sydney Brewery - Sydney Brewery Pilsner Draught

CHAMPION HYBRID BEER
Felons Brewing Co - Dark Side Bourbon Barrel Stout (Packaged)

CHAMPION PORTER/STOUT SUPPORTED BY KONVOY
All Inn Brewing Co - Writersblock (Packaged)

CHAMPION AMBER/DARK ALE SUPPORTED BY PACIFIC HOTEL BRISBANE
Gypsy Fox Brewing Company - Rougey Red (Packaged)

CHAMPION PALE ALE SUPPORTED BY YAKIMA CHIEF HOPS
Moffat Beach Brewing Co - Passenger Pale Ale (Draught)


The full results catalogue is available here.

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