By Sacha Delfosse

Several Australian breweries have been awarded medals at this year’s International Beer Challenge (IBC), which judged a range of beers from over 30 countries.

The International Beer Challenge is an annual event that has been running for 15 years, and this year its panel of over 50 judges awarded a total of 25 gold medals, 64 silvers and 127 bronzes.

Endeavour True Vintage Beer’s 2010 Reserve Pale Ale received a gold medal and its 2010 Reserve Amber Ale scored a bronze medal, while Redoak Beer received a silver medal for its Special Strong Bitter and a bronze medal for its Porter.

“It really cements our belief that by carefully selecting ingredients that excelled in the current years vintage conditions and hand crafting the beers to reflect the true flavours of the hops and barley, that we could develop a complex, expressive beer that people will love,” Endeavour True Vintage Beer’s head brewer, Andy Stewart, said.

McLaren Vale Beer also received a gold medal for its Vale/Dry brew, while Edith Cowan University’s Degrees Brewery won a silver medal for its Belgian abbey-style Degrees Dubbel.

“This award really shows that we are producing quality craft beer that is being recognised on the world stage,” Degrees Brewery acting manager, Jon Luff, said.

“It appears that the IBC judging was quite tough this year, given a lot of big name beers that you would expect to receive a medal didn’t, which makes our achievement that much more rewarding.”

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