Winners announced for 2013 Australian International Beer Awards

Winners of the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) were announced last night as the AIBA celebrated its 21st year in recognising premium beer and brewing excellence.

Alpha Pale Ale draught from Victoria’s Matilda Bay Brewing Company won Champion Australian Beer, while Oud Beersel Oude Geuze brewed by Oud Beersel from Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium took home Champion International Beer title.

The judging panel was headed by chairman of the Craft Beer Industry Association, Brad Rogers along with 41 other judges from across the globe including Norway, Belgium, United States, United Kingdom, Japan, New Zealand and Australia.

“Stand out classes this year included beers competing for Best Stout, with 49 medals awarded, Best Amber/Dark Ale with 48 medals awarded, Best International Pale Ale with 43 medals awarded and of course Best Belgium & French Style Ale with 55 medals awarded, 11 of these gold,” said Rogers.

“We are also pleased to have another first this year with a gold medal awarded in the Gluten Free Beer Class. This is a great result and a reflection that this beer is of the highest standard and quality in its category.”

The Royal Agricultural Society of Australia CEO, Mark O’Sullivan said that the standard in beer continues to exceeding expectations year after year.

“This year in response to both Australian and international brewing industry changes and trends, a medium sized brewery category was introduced recognising, in particular, the global growth in the craft sector,” said O’Sullivan.

“The RASV would like to congratulate the AIBA 2013 winners, and thank all the Australian and international brewers who participated in the competition.”


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