Reintroduced as part of the Royal Adelaide Show in 2011 after an 80-year hiatus, the Beer Awards aim to recognise the importance of Australia’s $7 billion beer industry and to provide an opportunity for small breweries to test their wares against larger brewers.
Chief Judge Simon Fahey, from Coopers Brewery, said the 2012 awards attracted 90 entries from around Australia.
“We’d love to push this over the 100 mark in 2013 and call on all Australian breweries – large and small – to get their entries in by June 14,” he said.
“Trophies and medals are awarded for the best Reduced Alcohol, Lager, Ale, Wheat, Porter, Stout and Hybrid beers, and Champion Trophies are awarded to the best small brewery, large brewery, South Australian exhibit and overall exhibit, last year won by McLaren Vale-based Goodieson Brewery.
“There is also a celebrity choice award which is chosen from the golds in each category – last year this went to Nail Brewing Australia for their Clout Stout.”
Mr Fahey said two interstate judges – Brendan Varis, head brewer with Perth’s Feral Brewing and Neal Cameron, head brewer at the Australian Brewery – would join the 14-member judging panel in 2013, which also includes an increased number of female judges compared to 2012.
“Brendan and Neal are both highly regarded brewers and judges – Brendan’s company was named Best Large Australian Brewery at the 2012 Australian International Beer Awards, and Neal’s brewery – Australia Brewery is the first craft brewer in Australia to install a canning line.”
“We look forward to welcoming them to the judging days at the Adelaide Showground from July 22 to 24.”
Brendan Varis has judged at numerous beer awards in Australia and overseas, including the Australian International Beer Awards, Sydney Royal Beer Show, Singapore Beer Awards and World Beer Cup.
Neal Cameron established the William Bull Brewery at De Bortoli Winery in New South Wales, is Head of Operations for the Beer Academy in Australia and runs a brewing and cider consultancy, Veritas Brewing. He has judged at the Australian International Beer Awards since 2009 and Sydney Beer Show since 2011.
Entries for the Royal Adelaide Beer Awards close on Friday, June 14, with judging July 22 to 24. Awards will be presented at the Highway Hotel, Anzac Highway, on Friday, July 26. For information on categories, entry requirements and the delivery of exhibits visit the Schedules page on www.theshow.com.au