Byron Bay Brewery manager Peter Sinclair (left) and head brewer Stefan Walker with their award-winning lager draught, Byron Bay Blonde.
Byron Bay Brewery manager Peter Sinclair (left) and head brewer Stefan Walker with their award-winning lager draught, Byron Bay Blonde.

Byron Bay brewery wins award

THE amber nectar brewed at Byron Bay Brewery tastes as good as gold, according to those with an educatedpalate in such things.

Its Blonde was good enough to win top honours for the brewery at the recent Australian International Beer Awards.

The brewery outclassed the competition in the Lager Draught category for low carb/dry beers, nudging out Hahn Super Dry and Pure Blonde Premium Lager.

The boutique beermaker also collected a couple of silver medals.

Local favourite Billy Goat Dark Lager snaffled a silver in the Dark Lager category, and Broken Head Bitter did the same in the British Style Pale Ale class.

It took 30 judges to rate the 1170 beers entered in the competition, including 495 international and 675 Australian entries, in the Australian International Beer Awards.

Nice work if you can get it – and no wonder that their chairman, Peter Manders, reported the judges as being ‘extremely impressed’.

Byron Bay Brewery’s head brewer, Stefan Walker, was thrilled with the medal haul.

“We entered six beers and came away with medals for three of them,” he said.

“We’ve only been brewing here in Byron for nine months, and this far exceeded my expectations for this stage of our development.”

Brewery owner Barry Schadel was also elated with the results.

“It’s such an achievement for a micro-brewery to go up against major brewers in an international event and come out with a gold medal,” Mr Schadel said.

“The AIB awards are the second biggest beer awards in the world.

“To have our Byron Bay Blonde recognised as the most outstanding beer in that category shows us that our beer is among the best in the world,” he said.

“This award will put Byron Bay on the world brewing map and ensures Byron locals have access to locally-made beer with internationally recognised credentials,” Mr Schadel said.



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