By Annette Shailer, editor Beer & Brewer

The winner of the inaugural Beer & Brewer Top 50 Brewpubs for 2016, is Feral Brewing Co. from WA.

Feral narrowly beat The Wheatsheaf Hotel/ Wheaty Brewing Corps for the top spot, followed by 4 Pines BrewPub, The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel and Wayward Brewing Co.

Canberra’s BentSpoke Brewing Co. secured the number six spot, with FogHorn Brewhouse, Two Birds Brewing, Eagle Bay Brewing Co. and Green Beacon Brewing Co. rounding out the top 10.

We decided to launch the Beer & Brewer Top 50 Brewpubs for 2016, which joins our Top 50 Metro Beer Venues and Top 15 Regional Beer Venues lists, as there are now so many breweries with their own impressive bar and food offerings onsite, we felt they deserved to be recognised too.

The list was compiled with the help of 22 industry experts, including the likes of Ian Kingham, Matt Kirkegaard, Kirrily Waldhorn and Tim Charody, aka The Beer Pilgrim. Each expert voted for their five favourite brewpubs, with the scoring weighted so those at the top of the panellists’ lists scored higher than those at the bottom. There was no strict criteria, judges voted based on a range of factors such as the quality of beers, service, staff knowledge, and venue atmosphere.

The Top 20 Brewpubs for 2016 are:

  1. Feral Brewing Co., Baskerville WA
  2. The Wheatsheaf Hotel/ Wheaty Brewing Corps, Thebarton SA
  3. 4 Pines BrewPub, Manly NSW
  4. The Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel, The Rocks NSW
  5. Wayward Brewing Co., Camperdown NSW
  6. BentSpoke Brewing Co., Braddon ACT
  7. FogHorn Brewhouse, Newcastle NSW
  8. Two Birds Brewing, Spotswood VIC
  9. Eagle Bay Brewing Co., Naturaliste WA
  10. Green Beacon Brewing Co., Newstead QLD
  11. Batch Brewing Co., Marrickville NSW
  12. Modus Operandi Brewing Co., Mona Vale NSW
  13. Bad Shepherd Brewing Co., Cheltenham VIC
  14. The Grifter Brewing Co., Marrickville NSW
  15. The Monk Brewery + Kitchen, Fremantle WA
  16. Northbridge Brewing Co., Northbridge WA
  17. Bridge Road Brewers, Beechworth VIC
  18. Temple Brewing Co., Brunswick East VIC
  19. Young Henrys, Newtown NSW
  20. Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery, Margaret River WA

The complete list of the top 50 brewpubs, together with judges’ comments, can be found in the Spring Issue of Beer & Brewer, which is on sale now in newsagents, liquor stores and home brewer shops. You can subscribe to Beer & Brewer here.

The Shout Team

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