The winners of the 2021 Beer & Brewer Awards have been announced, including Australia’s top 10 beer venues.
The Royal Albert Hotel in the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills was named as Beer & Brewer’s Best Beer Venue, beating the 2020 winner of the award, Bitter Phew, which came second, with Carwyn Cellars coming third.
Royal Albert Publican Mick Bain said the 2021 award was recognition of the Albert simply being a pub with good beer principles.
“We’ve never tried to have the biggest, baddest, most ridiculous beers. We’ve always had a lager, we’ve always had a pilsner and a pale ale. At least 60 per cent of our customers aren’t beer nerds – they just want to come to a pub and have a beer,” he told Beer & Brewer.
“And I think it is consistency. We’ve always prided ourselves on the basics of good beer – good staff knowledge and super clean beer lines. We’re basically just an old school pub and I’m an old school publican where things like clean beer taps and glasses and properly refrigerated beer is of the utmost importance.
“There are four or five old school pub rules to go by and it’s something we’ve always done here and I think is one of the keys to our success.”