By Amelia Ball
Australian beer reigned last night (Mar 19) at the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), where Aussie brewers picked up 10 of the 15 trophies.
More than 600 guests gathered at Melbourne’s Crown Casino for the gala event, bringing together brewing figures and personalities from across the country and around the world.
Western Australia’s Feral Brewing Company picked up an overwhelming five trophies, proving it’s not just about the big players of the brewing world.
The small Swan Valley producer’s top gongs included champion exhibitor, champion small brewery, champion ale for its Feral Hop Hog and champion hybrid for its Feral White.
More than 1100 entries came in this year from all around the world, with this year’s champion large brewery being a Honduras producer, Cerveceria Hondurena.
Judged by an expert panel in blind tasting sessions over the course of two weeks, the awards have are highly respected in the brewing world.
They are held by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria in conjunction with the University of Ballarat, recognising the best beers in the world.