Old Peculier champion at Australian Awards

Scottish & Newcastle honored; Hahn Premium Lager big winner

July 5, 1999 - The Scottish & Newcastle Brewery of Edinburgh, Scotland, won the Champion International Brewery as well as the Champion International Beer Trophy for Theakston's Old Peculier at the 1999 Australian International Beer Awards.


The competition drew a record 445 beers from 23 countries, including Poland, Tonga, China, Japan, Malta and Belize. Hahn Premium Lager was the big winner, winning five trophies, including Grand Champion Beer of 1999. It also won Champion Australasian Beer, Champion Lager, Champion Australasian Bottled Beer and Best Lager, Australasian Section.

A Belgian beer, Hoegaarden Forbidden Fruit, was named Champion Speciality Beer, and the German Clausthaler Non-Alcoholic took Champion Low-Alcohol Beer. The Boston Beer Co. won Best Lager, International Section for their Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

Australia's craft-beer industry also did well, with Sydney's Harbour Beer Co. taking Champion Small Brewery Beer, Champion Dark Ale and Best Small Brewery Draft Ale for its Full Sail Amber Ale. South Melbourne's Bell's Hotel & Brewery took Champion Small Brewery as well as Champion Light Ale for its Best Bitter.

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