By Clyde Mooney

The brethren of brewing gathered in Surry Hills last night to swap hoppy tales and celebrate the year's best batches at the Beer & Brewer Awards.

Western Australia's Feral Brewing had a great night, picking up Best Beer (Australia) for the Hop Hog, while their own Will Irving took away Young Brewer of the Year. 

The Australian Hotel & Brewery in Sydney's Rouse Hill was the stand-out drinker's favourite, walking away with two of the three People's Choice awards – Best Beer, for their 'AB Pale Lager' as well as for Best Beer Venue. 

"It's fantastic news that the hard work of all of our staff was rewarded with Best Beer Venue and one of our flagship beers won Best Beer in Australia. The night was a great celebration of craft beer in Australia as well!" AHB beer ambassador, David Ward, told TheShout. [continues below]

Brewer of the Year, Shawn Sherlock from Murray’s Craft Brewing Co with Peter Meddings from (sponsor) Bintani

The 2012 Beer & Brewer Awards Winners

Brewer of the Year 

Shawn Sherlock (Murray's Craft Brewing Co, NSW)

Young Brewer of the Year 

Will Irving (Feral Brewing Co, WA)

Brewer of the Year (NZ)

Luke Nicholas (Epic Brewing)

Beertender of the Year

Ross Terlick (Cowaramup Brewing Co, WA) 

Best Beer (Australia) 

Feral Hop Hog (WA)

Best Beer (Imported) 

Rogue Brutal IPA (USA)

Best Beer (NZ) 

Epic Armageddon IPA

Best Cider (Australia) 

Matilda Bay Dirty Granny (Vic) 

Best Cider (Imported) 

Thatchers Green Goblin (UK)

Best Cider (NZ) 

McCashin's Rochdale Traditional Cider

Best Beer Venue (Australia) 

The Wheatsheaf Hotel (SA) 

Best Beer List

Beer DeLuxe (Vic) 

Best Specialty Beer Venue

Sail & Anchor Hotel (WA) 

Best Microbrewery / Cellar Door 

Mountain Goat Brewery (Vic) 

Best Restaurant / Café 

Redoak Boutique Beer Café (NSW) 

Best Brew Bar / Pub 

Little Creatures Brewing (WA) 

Best Small Bar / Pub (<150 patrons) 

Albion Alehouse (NSW)

Best Large Bar / Pub (>150 patrons) 

The Wheatsheaf Hotel (SA) 

Best Bottleshop (<300 beers) 

Beer Cartel (NSW)

Best Bottleshop (>300 beers) 

Plonk Beer Store (ACT)

Best Beer Event 

Bitter & Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival (NSW)

Best Online Retailer 

Dan Murphy's, 

Best eNewsletter 

Oak Barrel (NSW),

Best Web Site 

The Local Taphouse (Vic, NSW),

Best Homebrew Shop 

The Brew Shop (NSW)

Best Homebrew Can Kit 

Black Rock East India Pale Ale

Best Beer Ad 

Malt Shovel (NSW) Mad Brewers Hoppy Hefe & Ginger Chops Ale

Best Beer Promotion 

The Perfect Lager Project, Arvo Beer (NSW)


Best Beer (Australia)

The Australian Brewery (NSW) AB Pale Lager

Best Beer (Imported)

Murphy's (Ireland) Irish Stout

Best Beer Venue (Australia)

The Australian Brewery (NSW)

The Shout Team

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