By James Atkinson
The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) has introduced a new trophy for brewers that do not own their own production facility.
AIBA head judge and Little Creatures head brewer, Warren Pawsey, said the Gypsy Brewer Trophy presents a huge opportunity to talented brewers that have previously gone unrecognised in the industry.
"It opens the programme to a new range of unique flavours and brew styles. There is a lot of quality beer coming from gypsy brewers and I can’t wait to see what is put forward," he said.
Entries for the 2015 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) open today. This year, the judging and presentation schedule has shifted to closely align with Good Beer Week with less than a week between the two. The move allows for international and interstate judges to attend the Awards and join other industry participants in Melbourne for the biggest week of beer celebration in Australia.
The winners of the AIBA will be announced and celebrated at the awards presentation, a gala dinner held on Thursday 21 May, followed by the exhibitor tasting at Feddish on Friday 22 May.
AIBA entries close on Friday 6 March, with judging to be held between Wednesday 13 May and Friday 15 May, and winners to be announced on Thursday 21 May.