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Australian craft brewery named best in the world for gluten free beer

TWØBAYS Brewing Co. has won gold at the World Beer Cup.

The gold is only the 5th time an Australian brewery has achieved such high accolades at the most prestigious beer awards on the planet.

The World Beer Cup awards were hosted in Las Vegas, attracting 9,300 entries from 2,060 breweries from 50 countries.

Only one gold, silver and bronze was awarded in each category, meaning the team of 280 judges had the tough job of picking the best of the best.

The win for the Victorian brewery TWØBAYS puts Australian craft brewing and gluten free beer on the map globally.

When Founder and CEO of TWØBAYS, Richard Jeffares, was diagnosed with Coeliac disease in 2015, he thought he would never drink great beer again. 

Now Jeffares’ gluten free brewery, the only in Australia, has been named the best in the world, for their Session Ale.

“When we opened doors in December 2018, US gluten free breweries set the standard. Today, we joined them on the global platform with a World Beer Cup gold medal,” Jeffares said.

Jeffares said that the credit has to go to the brewers, as gluten free beer requires avoiding  traditional ingredients.

“This is massive recognition for our brewers Kristian, Grant, Stephen and our packing team for their brewing and packing skills. Our brewers have all stepped away from the barley beer world to brew with our difficult malts (millet, buckwheat and rice) and I think the whole gluten free community thanks them for making us all some great beers,” Jeffares said.

TWØBAYS Session Ale is a mid-strength (3.5% abv) American style Pale Ale, brewed with naturally gluten free millet, buckwheat and rice malts.

TWØBAYS were not the only Aussies to pick up an award this year, with fellow Victorians, Hop Nation picking up a Bronze for their American Red Ale, The Buzz.

The TWØBAYS brewery and taproom are located in Dromana on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.

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