Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery and Pelican Pub & Brewery captured Champion Large International Brewery and Champion Small International Brewery respectively at the 20th annual Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA).
The United States was a standout, winning four trophies; New Zealand breweries claimed two and Belgium, Brazil, Germany and Norway achieving one each.
AIBA committee chairman and chief judge, Peter Manders, said the awards draws international recognition from the beer industry and showcases the commitment to excellence from brewers.
“Now in its 20th year, the AIBA continues to attract a remarkable number of high calibre entries from international and Australian breweries, with a record 1,344 brews entered from 41 countries this year, an increase of 10 per cent on last year’s,” Manders said.
The trophy trophy winners:
Champion Large Australian Brewery – Feral Brewing Company, Western Australia, Australia
Champion Large International Brewery – Deschutes Brewery, Oregon, USA
Champion Small Australian Brewery – Wig & Pen Brewery & Tavern, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Champion Small International Brewery – Pelican Pub & Brewery, Oregon, USA
Best New Exhibitor – Cervejaria Bodebrown Ltda, Paraná, Brazil
Best International Lager – Hahn Super Dry, Tooheys, New South Wales, Australia
Best Pilsner – Croucher Brewing Pilsner, The Croucher Brewing Co, Rotorua, New Zealand
Best Amber / Dark Lager – Weltenburger Asam Bock, Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg, Kelheim, Germany
Best International Pale Ale – Hop Hog, Feral Brewing Company, Western Australia, Australia
Best European Style Ale – Koelsch, Illawarra Brewing Company, Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
Best IPA – Caldera IPA, Caldera Brewing Co, Oregon, USA
Best Amber / Dark Ale – Doryman’s Dark, Pelican Pub & Brewery, Oregon, USA
Best Porter – Akkevit Porter, Haandbryggeriet Brewery, Drammen, Norway
Best Stout – Stout, 4 Pines Brewing Company, Manly, New South Wales, Australia
Best Wheat Beer – Redback Pale, Matilda Bay Brewing Company, Victoria, Australia
Best Beligan & French Ale – Straffe Hendrik Quadrupel, De Halve Maan, Brugge, Belgium
Best Scotch & Barley Wine – Razorback, Feral Brewing Company, Western Australia, Australia
Best Speciality – Summer Sommer, Garage Project, Wellington, New Zealand
The Brewers Association (BA) and its Export Development Subcommittee have selected Andreas Fält to cover Europe as an American Craft Beer Ambassador within the BA’s Export Development Program (EDP).
Fält responsibilities include educating the beer community and media in Europe about the availability and quality of American craft beer. As an independent contractor, he will continue to serve as a consultant at Blue Yellow Media in the UK. He has previously held sales manager positions at Vertical Drinks, also in the UK, and Invicta Import and More Import in Sweden.
“Andreas’ appointment comes at an exciting time for American craft beer export market growth,” said Bob Pease, chief operating officer, Brewers Association. “Overall craft exports increased in record numbers in 2011, and regionally, Western Europe was the largest destination for American craft beer exports. Andreas will serve as a valuable bridge-builder to educate the growing audience of American craft beer lovers abroad.”
Globally, American craft beer exports increased 86% in 2011, with craft breweries exporting more than 110,000 barrels of beer, valued at an estimated $23.4 million.