Perth Royal Beer Show: Awards

On Friday 31 July the River Room at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre was filled with some of the countries best people in beer. The occasion was the Perth Royal Beer Show awards dinner.

This year saw a significant increase in entries in both the commercial and amatuer sections of the competition, upwards of 40%. When Sean Symons, chief judge, spoke on the night he commented that not only had the number of entries increased but “year on year there is a steady increase in quality”.

“Great beer is simple and elegant”

Sean Symons, Chief Judge Perth Royal Beer Show

Of the 186 medals awarded in the commercial section of the competition, 128 of them (if my math is correct) were awarded to WA breweries.

The Crafty Pint did a great wrap up of the awards which you can read here.

I spent a little time looking through the results and here’s what I counted –

WA breweries amassed 128 medals – 13 Gold, 59 Silver and 56 Bronze. Nail Brewing took out the most medals with 13, closely followed by Feral Brewing with 11.

Nail Brewing – 1 Gold | 8 Silver | 4 Bronze

Feral Brewing – 1 Gold | 6 Silver | 4 Bronze

The Old Brewery – 1 Gold | 4 Silver | 3 Bronze

Homestead Brewery – 1 Gold | 3 Silver | 4 Bronze

Mash Brewery – 2 Gold | 4 Silver | 2 Bronze

Gage Roads Brewing – 1 Gold | 3 Silver | 4 Bronze

Colonial Brewing – 2 Gold | 2 Silver | 3 Bronze

Eagle Bay Brewing – 1 Gold | 4 Silver | 2 Bronze

Duckstein Brewery – 1 Gold | 5 Bronze

Boston Brewery – 4 Silver | 2 Bronze

Billabong Brewery – 1 Gold | 2 Silver | 2 Bronze

Young Henry’s Beer Farm – 3 Silver | 2 Bronze

Monk Craft Brewery Kitchen – 1 Silver | 5 Bronze

Cowaramup Brewery – 2 Silver | 2 Bronze

Northbridge Brewing – 3 Silver | 1 Bronze

Cape Bouvard Brewing – 2 Silver | 1 Bronze

Indian Ocean Brewing – 1 Gold | 1 Silver | 1 Bronze

Cheeky Monkey Brewery – 1 Silver | 2 Bronze

Matsos Brewery – 1 Silver | 1 Bronze

Elmars in the Valley – 2 Silver

Last Drop Brewery – 2 Bronze

Blue Mile Brewing – 1 Silver | 1 Bronze

Little Creatures Brewing – 1 Gold | 1 Silver

Neighbourhood Brewing | 1 Gold 

Old Coast Road Brewery – 1 Bronze

Bickley Valley Brewery – 1 Bronze

Blackwood Valley Brewery – 1 Bronze

The Grove – 1 Bronze


The trophy tally was nine for WA breweries with trophies going to –

Indian Ocean Brewing for Mumme Returns

Little Creatures for Return of the Dread

Nail Brewing for Flaming Lamington

Mash Brewery for Purple Stain

Gage Roads Brewing for Pils 3.5

Billabong Brewery for Billabong Wheat

Duckstein Brewery for Duckstein Hefeweizen

Mash Brewery for Copy Cat and Best WA Brewery 


For the full list of results click here.

 

 

AIBA 2015 – WA Results

The Australian International Beer Awards were held last week during Good Beer Week in Melbourne.

The Crafty Pint published a great write up including details of the Champion Trophy and Major Trophy winners from the night. You can read it here. A full list of trophies and medals can be found here.

Our fantastic WA breweries were collectively awarded 88 medals across a variety of beer styles and packaging/design.

I have complied a list of medals awarded to WA breweries so if you’re into summaries and lists then you’re in for a treat!

Let’s break it down …

Total medals awarded to WA breweries:

8 Gold, 29 Silver and 51 Bronze Medals


Most medals for a WA Breweries:

Nail Brewing with 16 medals, followed closely by Gage Roads with 13.


Medal Tally by Brewery (alphabetical order):

Bootleg Brewery – 2 Silver, 4 Bronze
Cape Bouvard – 1 Bronze
Cheeky Monkey Brewery – 2 Silver, 2 Bronze
Colonial Brewing – 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 4 Bronze
Eagle Bay Brewing – 4 Bronze
Feral Brewing – 1 Gold, 5 Silver, 4 Bronze
Gage Roads Brewing – 1 Gold, 5 Silver, 7 Bronze
Homestead Brewery – 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze
Indian Ocean Brewing – 1 Silver, 3 Bronze
Mash Brewery – 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
Nail Brewing – 2 Gold, 5 Silver, 9 Bronze
Northbridge Brewing Co – 1 Bronze
Sail & Anchor – 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
The Old Brewery – 3 Silver, 1 Bronze
The Monk Brewery – 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 5 Bronze


Gold Medals awarded to:

BEST IPA
Mash Copy Cat (Draught) – American Style

BEST AMBER / DARK ALE
Nail Beazle 2015 (Draught) – American Style

BEST STOUT
Nail Stout (Packaged) – Other Stout

BEST REDUCED OR LOW ALCOHOL
Gage Roads Pils 3.5 (Draught) – Reduced Alcohol Lager

BEST WHEAT BEER
Homestead Kaisers Choice Hefeweizen (Draught) – German Style Hefe
Feral Watermelon Warhead (Draught) – Other Wheat Beer

BEST BELGIAN / FRENCH STYLE ALE
The Monk Sir Ryesalot (Draught) – Saison

BEST PACKAGING
Colonial Draught – Labels / Surface Graphic on Bottles or Cans


WA Results:

BEST EUROPEAN STYLE LAGER
Silver – Munich Style Helles – Homestead Brauhaus Lager (Draught)
Silver – Vienna – The Old Brewery Red Raw Lager (Draught)
Bronze – Dortmunder – Indian Ocean Kraken Export (Draught)

Homestead Grand Opening

SILVER: Homestead Brewery Brauhaus Lager (draught)

BEST PILSNER
Silver – Other Pilsner – Cheeky Monkey Hatseller Kiwi Pilsner (Draught)
Bronze – Other Pilsner – Gage Roads Small Batch Lager (Packaged)

BEST AMBER/DARK LAGER
Bronze – German Style Schwarzbier – Mash Blacklist Black Lager (Draught)

BEST AUSTRALIAN STYLE PALE ALE
Silver – Australian Style Pale Ale – Gage Roads Breakwater Pale Ale (Draught)
Silver – Australian Style Pale Ale – Nail Ale (Draught)
Silver – Australian Style Pale Ale – Gage Roads Single Fin Summer Ale (Packaged)
Bronze – Australian Style Pale Ale – Gage Roads Breakwater Pale Ale (Packaged)
Bronze – Australian Style Pale Ale – Nail Ale (Packaged)
Bronze- Australian Style Pale Ale – Gage Roads Single Fin Summer Ale (Draught)

BEST INTERNATIONAL PALE ALE
Silver – British Style – Cheeky Monkey Old Reliable Pale Ale (Draught)
Bronze – British Style – Gage Roads Atomic Pale Ale (Packaged)
Bronze – American Style – Feral Hop Hog (Draught and Packaged)
Bronze – American Style – Eagle Bay Pale Ale (Packaged)
Bronze – American Style – The Monk Pale (Draught)
Bronze – Other International Pale Ale – Feral Hopfen Fahrt (Draught)

BEST BRITISH STYLE ALE
Bronze – English Summer – Nail Golden Nail (Draught and Packaged)
Bronze – English Summer – Indian Ocean New World Kolsch (Draught)
Bronze – English Summer – Sail & Anchor Golden Ale (Draught)
Bronze – Other British Style Ale – The Monk Rauch (Draught)

BEST EUROPEAN STYLE ALE
Bronze – Kolsch – Colonial Draught (Draught and Packaged)
Bronze – Kolsch – Eagle Bay Kolsch (Packaged)

BEST IPA
Silver – British Style – Gage Roads Sleeping Giant IPA (Packaged)
Bronze – British Style – Gage Roads Sleeping Giant IPA (Draught)
Gold – American Style – Mash Copy Cat (Draught)
Silver – American Style – Colonial IPA on Tour #05: Chief Pontiac (Draught)
Silver – American Style – Bootleg Speakeasy IPA (Draught)
Silver – American Style – The Monk The Chief IPA (Draught)
Bronze – Imperial / Double IPA – The Old Brewery Tomahawk IPA (Draught)
Bronze – Other IPA – Homestead Black Swan (Draught)
Bronze – Other IPA – Eagle Bay Black IPA (Packaged)
Bronze – Other IPA – Cheeky Monkey Hagenbeck Belgian IPA (Draught)
Bronze – Other IPA – Gage Roads Narrow Neck Session Ale (Draught & Packaged)

BEST AMBER / DARK ALE
Gold – American Style Red – Nail Beazle 2015 (Draught)
Bronze – American Style Red – The Monk Mosaic and the Red Sea (Draught)
Bronze – American Style Red – Nail Beazle 2015 (Packaged)
Bronze – American Style Red – Nail Red (Draught and Packaged)
Silver – Other Amber / Dark Ale – Sail and Anchor Amber Ale (Draught)
Bronze – Other Amber / Dark Ale – Sail and Anchor Amber Ale (Packaged)

BEST PORTER
Bronze – Robust Porter – Bootleg Raging Bull (Draught)
Bronze – Robust Porter – The Monk Porter (Draught)
Silver – Other Porter – Feral Boris (Draught and Packaged)
Silver – Other Porter – Nail HUGE Dunn (Packaged)
Silver – Other Porter – Feral Smoked Porter (Packaged)
Bronze – Other Porter – Nail HUGE Dunn (Draught)

BEST STOUT
Silver – Imperial Stout – Nail Clout Stout (Draught and Packaged)
Bronze – Imperial Stout – Nail Clayden Brew (Draught and Packaged)
Gold – Other Stout – Nail Stout (Packaged)
Silver – Other Stout – Nail Stout (Draught)
Silver – Other Stout – Bootleg Up and About Breakfast Stout (Draught)

Nail Oatmeal Stout

GOLD: Nail Stout (packaged)

BEST REDUCED OR LOW ALCOHOL
Bronze – Reduced Alcohol Ale – Eagle Bay Mild (Packaged)
Bronze – Reduced Alcohol Ale – Colonial Small Ale (Packaged)
Bronze – Reduced Alcohol Ale – Cheeky Monkey Travelling Monk Mid Strength Red Ale (Draught)
Gold – Reduced Alcohol Lager – Gage Roads Pils 3.5 (Draught)
Silver – Reduced Alcohol Lager – Gage Roads Pils 3.5 (Packaged)
Bronze – Reduced Alcohol Lager – The Monk Mild (Draught)

BEST WHEAT BEER
Silver – Belgian Wit – Indian Ocean Bonny Wit (Draught)
Bronze – Belgian Wit – Colonial Wheat (Draught)
Bronze – Belgian Wit – Feral White (Draught)
Gold – German Style Hefe – Homestead Kaisers Choice Hefeweizen (Draught)
Silver – German Style Hefe – The Old Brewery Heritage Wheat (Draught)
Bronze – German Style Hefe – Cape Bouvard Wheat Beer (Draught)
Gold – Other Wheat Beer – Feral Watermelon Warhead (Draught)

BEST BELGIAN / FRENCH STYLE ALE
Silver – Tripel – Feral Kelis (Draught)
Gold – Saison – The Monk Sir Ryesalot (Draught)
Silver – Saison – The Old Brewery Eliza’s Saison (Draught)
Silver – Saison – Homestead St Isidore Saison (Draught)
Bronze – Saison – Northbridge Brewing Beerland Saison (Draught)
Bronze – Other Belgian / French Style Ale – Homestead No 1 Premier (Draught)

BEST SPECIALITY BEER
Silver – Wood Aged – Feral BFH (Draught)
Bronze – Wood Aged – Bootleg Bucking Bull (Draught)
Bronze – Wood Aged – Homestead Cuvee Oak Aged Dark Ale (Draught)
Bronze – Other Speciality Beer – Indian Ocean Mumme Returns (Draught)

BEST PACKAGING
Gold – Labels / Surface Graphic on Bottles or Cans – Colonial Draught
Silver – Labels / Surface Graphic on Bottles or Cans – Gage Roads Single Fin Summer Ale
Silver – Labels / Surface Graphic on Bottles or Cans – Colonial Small Ale
Bronze – Labels / Surface Graphic on Bottles or Cans – Bootleg x Mane Liquor Ryezilla
Bronze – Consumer retail packaging (Outer Case) – Colonial x Emergence Small Ale

Colonial CansGOLD: Colonial Draught

Beer + Awards

Hitching a seat at the Perth Royal Beer Show Awards Ceremony with the team at Feral Brewing, tweeting with Jayne Lewis from Two Birds and finishing the night at Five Bar … yup, that’s a Friday night

Beautiful Three Course Dinner

Before I start I want to send a big THANK YOU to Feral Brewing

who so kindly offered me their spare seat at this years

Perth Royal Beer Show Awards Ceremony held at The Parmelia Hilton.

I arrived in the city a little early and found myself yawning so went on a mission to find a convenience store to purchase an energy drink. On my travels I ran into Mal, Head Brewer from Colonial Brewing, and brewers from Gage Roads who were on route to The Print Hall for a beer. They invited me along and beer certainly sounded a lot tastier than some horrible fluorescent energy drink.

After a pint of Colonial Alt Beer I headed to the Hilton for the big night. [Click here for a full list of the evenings winners].

The evening started with Swan Draught and Cowaramup Pilsener before we took our seats for dinner. I sat beside Jayne Lewis from Two Birds Brewing who’d been in town for the judging and having met on Twitter it was nice to make the leap into the real world. On that note don’t forget to follow Jayne on Twitter. Jayne tweets more frequently and with far more interesting stuff than I do. I got to witness her amazing high speed smart phone typing skills as trophies flew out in quick succession.

Sitting with the team from Feral, I got the chance to catch up with Brendan Varis who laughed at my story of selling Hop Hog to a customer at Clancy’s Fish Pub Dunsborough.

Customer: “What can you tell me about this?” [points to Feral Hop Hog decal]

Me: “It’s fucking awesome”

Customer: “I’ll have a pint”

Entrees arrived and I’d been looking forward to a spicy Tandoori Chicken match with Feral Hop Hog but they went rather lighter on the spices than I had hoped. Perhaps it’s just my palate-slaughtering use of chillies at home that ruined my expectations. All in all it was still a tasty dish and for those wondering, because I had to look it up too, “timbale” is kinda fancy speak for “round” and “paratha” is Indian flat bread. Fancy!

One of the highlights of the night had to be the cheers, woops and clapping from The Monk Brewery & Kitchen table as they were awarded the trophy for Best Ale Draught for their The Chief – Amarillo Edition and pulled in a few 2nd places in big categories too.

The other highlight was being witness to a healthy dose of man-love from the guys at Billabong Brewery for each of the 4 trophies they picked up – Best WA Beer of the Show, Best Commercial Beer of the Show, Best Wheat Beer Packaged and Best Wheat Beer Draught.

Mains were delicious, I think the only comment from our table was the feeling of being fooled in thinking the parsnip was another prawn spring roll!

After cleaning my plate of entree and main, and our table had requested yet another carafe of Feral Hop Hog, I was struggling to find room to fit dessert. A choice had to be made so I merely sampled the Beeramisu, lovely creamy and soft, and instead enjoyed a full glass of The Monk Porter. After all, there has to be room for beer! It poured beautifully, a nice thick head, with soft chocolate and caramel flavours that was perfect for finishing the night on … (or least finishing dinner on before catching up with Five Bar’s chef, beer dude and all round top guy, Mitch for a beer or two at Five!)