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With over 25 years’ experience judging the world’s best beers in the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), we know good brews.
Whether you like your beers full-bodied or mid-strength, locally-crafted or selectively imported, on tap or from the bottle, Winning Tastes will take you from being a beer-lover to a connoisseur of cold ones, and the envy of all your mates. .

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2017 Champion Australian Beer and Best Wheat Beer
White Rabbit White Ale (Draught)
White Rabbit Brewery, Victoria

Taking its cues from the Belgian brewers of old, White Rabbit's White Ale is a delicate mix of experience and imagination. Delivering refreshing hints of coriander, juniper berry and bitter orange, this classic cloudy white ale will keep you coming back for more.
2017 Champion International Beer and Best Belgian / French Ale
Feral One (Packaged)
Firestone Walker Brewing Co, California USA

Feral One is an annual blend of Firestone's best efforts, from hand-selected well-aged barrels, chosen by the Masterblender and Barrelmeister. An earthy funky nose gives way to complex ester notes of dried apricots, strawberry, guava and slight orange zest. Toasted mature oak, lavender, vanilla and cinnamon lurk in the background. A mouth-watering acidity and soft tannins are punctuated by a firm carbonation. Savor now, or age longer for a special occasion.
stone and wood
2017 Champion Large Australian Brewery
Stone & Wood Brewing Co.
Byron Bay, NSW

The brewing crew at Stone & Wood love their part of the world, Byron Bay. The beaches, the music, the people, the pubs. These are just a few of the reasons why they brew and bottle their beer in one of the greatest places on earth. The natural beauty of Byron and the Northern Rivers and the laid back vibe are the inspiration for Stone & Wood’s beers.
2017 Champion Large International Brewery
DAGON Beverages Co. Ltd
Yangon, Myanmar

DAGON Beverages Company Limited produces and distributes various types of beers, alcoholic spirits and carbonated soft drinks. DAGON Beverages Company Limited initially produced DAGON Lager Beer in 1998 and then made product extensions that included DAGON Extra Strong Beer in 2005. With the growing beer market in Myanmar, DAGON Light Lager Beer (with 4.2% alcohol by volume) was introduced in February 2016, by means of American Brewing Tradition, as a special brew for young generation consumers who are looking for more affordable and yet high quality beer.
2017 Champion Medium Australian Brewery
Balter Brewing Company,
Currumbin, Qld

Based in Currumbin, Queensland, Balter’s #1 philosophy is that taste buds come first. That’s why they have a gun in-house brewer, use the best available ingredients and combine natural processes with the latest technology to deliver the freshest flavours they can. Born from the minds of 6 Australians and one American, Balter is more than a name, it is the sense of enjoyment you get from doing something you love, whether you’re good at it or not.  Balter were also awarded the 2017 Garry Sheppard Memorial Award for Best New Exhibitor.
2017 Champion Medium International Brewery
Pelican Brewing Company
Oregon, USA

Pelican Brewing Company was born at the beach in Pacific City (Oregon, US) in 1996. Here, in front of a rundown old building at the water’s edge, stood three enthusiastic young folks whose thirst for great beer overshadowed their understanding of what it would take to build a brewery. They did it anyway. And now twenty years later, older, and wiser, Pelican Brewing Company is a craft beer industry leader with fans throughout the Northwest and around the world.
2017 Champion Small Australian Brewery
Green Beacon Brewing Co.
Teneriffe, Qld

The Green Beacon team are a well traveled bunch, attempting to bring a new culture to beer, so prevalent abroad but just gaining ground in Australia, that beer can be a product of huge flavour and depth, crafted specifically to be paired with different foods and indulge the senses.
2017 Champion Small International Brewery
Deep Creek Brewing Company
Silverdale, NSW

Deep Creek was born on a long term friendship and a burning desire to produce flavour fuelled handcrafted beer and bring it to the kiwi masses to enjoy.

Influenced by the wide and varied flavours of craft beers around the globe, from village breweries in rural England to monasteries in Bavaria and alpine craft bars in the Rocky Mountains, they started brewing their own, with a kiwi twist.
2017 Australian Gypsy Brewer Award
Pact Beer Co.,
Canberra, ACT

A Gypsy Brewer is one who doesn't not own the brewery in which they make their beer, but they do own the recipe and complete the brewing.

In 2015, three mates made a pact to brew great beer and never compromise on flavour, quality and creativity.

Pact was born in a tiny Canberra kitchen. Every Pact Beer starts as a handmade and homebrewed prototype. From the kitchen, each beer is tested out, tweaked, and then scaled up to brew a 'gypsy style' at some of the finest breweries in the country with an embrace only Pact can provide.
2017 Best Australian Style Lager
Storm Super Dry (Packaged)
Aldi Stores, NSW

With a crisp dry finish, Super Dry delivers a full flavoured experience.  Served ideally with Asian foods, this brand is the signature range of the national retailer.
2017 Best European Style Lager
DAGON Extra Stong Beer (Draught)
DAGON Beverages Co., Myanmar

Brewed with carefully selected quality raw materials both from overseas and locally in Myanmar,  maintaining the longest established European Brewing Tradition and using the most modern technologies DAGON Extra Strong is an American Adjunct Lager style beer.
2017 Best International Lager
India Pale Lager (Draught)
Beer Farm, WA

Brilliantly pale and sparkling with only the faintest of maltiness. A crisp bitterness, fermented cold and lagered for weeks this is a classic beer style at its finest. Celebrating the vibrant stone fruit and flavours and aromas of American hop varieties.
2017 Best Pilsner
Pivo Pils (Packaged)
Firestone Walker Brewing Co, California USA

Pivo Hoppy Pils is a classically rendered pilsner with a West Coast dry-­‐hopping twist, showcasing stylistic influences from Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic. Lighter beer styles like pilsner have been hijacked by industrial lager beer in the United States, and it’s time for craft brewers to take it back. Pivo Hoppy Pils offers impeccable balance with floral aromatics, spicy herbal nuances, and bergamot zest and lemongrass notes from dry hopping with German Saphir hops.
2017 Best Amber / Dark Lager
Velkopopovicky Kozel Dark (Packaged)
Plzensky Prazdroj A.S, Czech Republic

Using a special mixture of dark malts, pure water and a selection of the finest hops. The caramelized malt is what gives the beer the unique ruby-red colour and sweet flavour that has won it awards all over the world.
2017 Best Australian Style Pale Ale
Pay Day
2 Brothers Brewery, Vic

Pours a brilliant pale gold colour. Delicate citrus, stone fruit and pine aroma. Extra clean and refreshing on the palate with a hint of finesse from the fine carbonation. Finishes with a subtle sweetness and light bitterness ensuring an approachable, sessionable pale ale.
2017 Best International Style Pale Ale
Balter XPA (Packaged)
Balter Brewing Company, Qld

It might be pale but there's nothing weak about this bad boy. Tropical and floral aromatics set off a fruity palette that will punch your taste buds in the pleasure zone. Finished with a refreshing bitterness the XPA is tailored for those who enjoy a fully-hopped beer that's still easy to drink.
2017 Best New World Style Pale Ale
Pale Ale (Draught)
Mountain Goat Beer, Vic

Ahop-driven, American inspired Pale Ale with loads of stonefruit, pine and citrus characters. Well balanced and extremely drinkable, this one is perfect all year round.
2017 Best British Style Ale
Jasper Ale (Draught)
Stone & Wood Brewing Co., NSW

Jasper Ale reflects the red volcanic soil of the hinterland and is brewed from a blend of pale and crystal malts. Jasper Ale is deep red, has a rich malt character and is well balanced with a firm spicy hop bitterness.
2017 Best European Style Ale
Sourpuss Raspberry Berliner Weisse (Packaged)
Wayward Brewing Company, NSW

A traditional Berlin sour wheat beer style that is both sweet and tart with a great fresh raspberry aroma. An ultra-refreshing beer that is summer in a glass. Appeals to both beer lovers and cider lovers.
2017 Best IPA
Pulped Fiction (Draught)
Mountain Goat Beer, Vic

Deep golden in colour with a slight reddish tinge, this beer hits you with a bold, citrus aroma with dank hop notes. There are a lot of hops in this beer. A lot. Mountain Goat explains this beer uses so much Citra and Mosaic we had to call in a few favours from their generous friends at Two Birds just to get enough to dry hop it. The end result is a beer that is bursting with juicy flavour and aggressive hop bitterness that finishes on a slightly sweet note, thanks to the addition of the fresh blood orange juice that gives the beer it’s distinctive colour.
2017 Best Amber / Dark Ale
Exit Amber (Packaged)
Exit Brewing, Vic

Exit Amber is an American style with complex malt body, good balance of bitterness and dry hopped for aroma. Aroma of citrus zest, pine & caramel. Flavours of caramel sweetness, with tropical fruit notes and balanced out with a good dose of bitterness
2017 Best Porter
Silent Knight Porter (Draught)
Modus Operandi Brewing Company, NSW

Aromas of rich chocolate and roast in the nose, Modus Operandi brewed this porter with the idea of a session version of a russian imperial stout in mind. A complex blend of 9 types of malt form a blend of chocolate, roast and caramel flavour while still finishing on the light and dry side.
2017 Best Stout
Sligo Extra Stout (Draught)
Foghorn Brewhouse, NSW

Sligo Extra Stout is FogHorn’s first stout – the first of many to come. It is a big, dark, roast beer as it should be – brewed in tribute to the Export Stouts of old but with a modern craft approach. Layers of dark chocolate and roast coffee character with a strong hop bite. Clean and drinkable for its size but a good winter warmer just the same. Named after the great west coast Irish County Sligo, Sligo Extra Stout is for the lovers of all things dark…
2017 Best Reduced / Low Alcohol Beer
Happiness (Draught)
2 Brothers Brewery

Looking for something mid-strength?  Reduced alcohol beers have come a long way and this beauty by Victoria brewery 2 Brothers is leading the charge. Happiness is a full bodied mid strength English Style amber ale. Full of malty goodness, 3.5% ABV and moderately hopped, ask for a "pint of Happiness".
2017 Best Scotch Ale / Barley Wine
SEAMASTER Imperial Ale (Packaged)
Bach Brewing, Auckland NZ

Using a technique of extended conditioning (over 3 months), this American-style Barleywine uses a combination of  hearty malts and aromatic hops that showcase big bold flavours.  A unique drop with a full, almost sweet flavor, this brew is part of Bach's ongoing range that reflect brewer Craig Cooper's love of coastal living.
2017 Best Specialty Beer
Raspberry Stout (Packaged)
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Virginia USA

Chocolate and raspberry are a formidable duo, so when you put them side by side in a brew you know you are onto a winner - an AIBA trophy winner to be exact. According to brewer Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, this special Stout is brewed with heaps of chocolate malt, cacao nibs, and local, late season red raspberries from Agriberry Farm and captures the essence of a decadent raspberry truffle in liquid form.
2017 Best Design - Label / Surface Graphic
Pale Ale
Colonial Brewing Co., WA

Colonial tells us their Pale Ale is 'artfully brewed' to sit between traditional American and Australian pale ales, but we also think its artfully presented. The mastery of the packaging is in its simplicity that makes us not only want to drink the contents, but to also start a can collection (and not for the extra 10c in SA). And what of the beer itself? Well Colonial says their 'master brewers searched the world for the perfect combination of hops, blending USA favourites with Australia's hop heroes to create the perfect pale. The result is a tropical-tinged treat that's a glowing golden in colour, with subtle hints of passionfruit, pine and spicy botanics.'
2017 Best Design - Outer Packaging
Wayward Core Range
Wayward Brewing Co., New South Wales

Wayward's core range packaging reflects their ethos of travellers. Wayward is a desire to see what's around the corner, to take the road less travelled and to embrace whatever you find. It's that romantic idea of the travel of old, when every departure was an adventure. Put simply, it's the act of getting lost on purpose. And their packaging helps do just that!