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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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Champion Australian Beer
Keller Door - Schwarzbier, Draught
4 Pines Brewing Company, New South Wales, Australia

4 Pines was born over a decade ago from a casual conversation between a father and son, post surf, who simply wanted an exceptional beer and options were limited.
Tasting Notes: A dark lager that balances roasted yet smooth malt flavours with moderate hop bitterness. The lack of a harsh or heavy aftertaste helps make this beer extremely drinkable.

4pinesbeer.com.au
Champion International Beer
Feral One, Packaged
Firestone Walker Brewing Co., United States

Barrelworks was started with three prototypes and 48 oak barrels filled with dreams. It is these unique barrels that are blended together to create Feral One. 
Tasting Notes: Spicy oak aromatics and red grape pomace notes in the nose. Bright citrusy zest and underlying toasted marshmallow lurk in the background. A mouth-watering acidity and soft tannins are punctuated by a firm carbonation.

www.firestonebeer.com
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Champion Large Australian Brewery
Balter Brewing
Queensland, Australia

Balter was born from 6 Aussies and a Yank walking into a bar and never coming out. They see it as more than just a name, BALTER is the sense of enjoyment you get from doing something you love, just for the thrill of it. Their #1 philosophy is that your taste buds come first. A neat can and cool place to hang are great, but if thier brews don’t tickle your tongue and put a grin on your head then they haven’t done their job.

www.balter.com.au
Champion Large International Brewery
DB Breweries Ltd
New Zealand

Founded by W Joesph Coutts and his three sons in 1929 in Auckalnd, New Zealand as Dominion Breweries. DB has grown in to one of the largest brewers in the country with a wide range of beers from multiple brewieries.

www.db.co.nz
Champion Medium Australian Brewery
Green Beacon Brewing Co
Queensland, Australia

The Green Beacon team are a well-travelled bunch, attempting to bring a new culture to beer through flavour and depth, and beer crafted specifically to be paired with different foods that together indulge the senses.

www.greenbeacon.com.au
Champion Medium International Brewery
Deep Creek Brewing Company
New Zealand

Located in Silverdale, Auckland, their team of craft brewers consistently strive to produce interesting, flavour-fuelled brews of the highest quality. Brewing styles and new and interesting flavours, constantly pushing to achieve the best brews possible. They still periodically brew at the brew pub in Browns Bay, making unique brewpub beers, including bringing back some of the original beers for old time’s sake.

www.dcbrewing.co.nz
Champion Small Australian Brewery
Blackman's Brewing
Victoria, Australia

At Blackman’s brewery their philosophy is that: they love good beer, it’s really that simple. They make their beers with the best quality ingredients they can get their hands on and they give their beers the right amount of time in tank, they don’t rush them through to meet deadlines. Their core range is made up of beers that cover a variety of flavours and styles, they want to make good beer for everyone.

www.blackmansbrewery.com.au
Champion Small International Brewery
McLeod's Brewery
New Zealand

McLeod's started in 2014 when they decided to stop serving 'big' beer and brew their own. It was a bold move bringing independent beer to Northland. McLeod's has built a reputation for one simple thing: making good beer. It may not be as grand as some out there, but McLeod's is the little village brewery that can.

www.mcleodsbrewery.co.nz
Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy For The Best New Exhibitor
Breakside Brewery
Oregon, United States

Breakside Brewery opened in 2010 in Northeast Portland as a restaurant and pub brewery. The brewery is known for its innovative, experimental and diverse beers. In 2013, Breakside expanded operations to Milwaukie, OR with a  brewery filled with 30, 60 and 120 barrel tanks, barrel rooms for wild and non-wild/sour fermentations, a high-speed bottling line and a 24-tap tasting room.

www.breakside.com
Best Australian-Style Lager
Steinlager Pure, Packaged
Lion NZ, New Zealand

Steinlager Pure uses a selection of New Zealand's finest hops, including a variety called Pacific Jade specially commissioned by Steinlager.
Tasting Notes: Pacific Jade delivers a smooth and refreshing flavour. This is a clean fresh beer with good balance.

steinlager.com
Best European-Style Lager (Excluding Pilsner)
Buckskin Munich Helles, Packaged
King Car Group, Taiwan

King Car Group only began brewing in 2018 and had all their equipment imported from Germany.
Tasting notes: Classic lightly malty style following German traditions

www.kingcar.com.tw
Best International Lager
Undercurrent, Draught
Deep Creek Brewing Company, New Zealand

Deep Creek was born on long term friendship and a burning desire to produce flavour fuelled handcrafted beer and bring it to the kiwi masses to enjoy.
Tasting Notes: A crisp and clean beverage with a beautiful balance of bitterness and sweet malt.

www.dcbrewing.co.nz
Best Pilsner
The Prospector Pilsner, Draught
Hemingway's Brewery, Queensland, Australia

Hemingway’s Brewery is a local, independent craft brewery operating in Far North Queensland with waterfront gastro-brewpubs in Port Douglas and Cairns.
Tasting Notes: A Bohemian style Pilsner with robust biscuity, bready, malt flavour, and subtle floral and lime aroma balanced by a prominent bitter finish.

www.hemingwaysbrewery.com
Best Amber / Dark Lager
Keller Door - Schwarzbier, Draught
4 Pines Brewing Company, New South Wales, Australia

4 Pines was born over a decade ago from a casual conversation between a father and son, post surf, who simply wanted an exceptional beer and options were limited.
Tasting Notes: A dark lager that balances roasted yet smooth malt flavours with moderate hop bitterness. The lack of a harsh or heavy aftertaste helps make this beer extremely drinkable.

4pinesbeer.com.au
Best Australian Style Pale Ale
North of Nowhere Pale Ale, Packaged
DB Breweries Ltd, New Zealand

NORTH OF NOWHERE is a beautifully balanced and approachable Pale Ale.
Tasting Notes: A trifecta of New Zealand's finest hops (Pacifica, Green Bullet and Dr Rudi) result in delicious fruity characteristics and a medium bitterness.

www.db.co.nz
Best New World-Style Pale Ale
Pale Ale, Draught
Cheeky Monkey Brewery and Cidery, Western Australia, Australia

Cheeky Monkey Brewing Co. brew in Margaret River, under the watchful eyes of master brewers and chef commissaries.
Tasting Notes: An American style Pale Ale with tropical fruit aromas. Passionfruit and Peach flavours on the palate and a crisp finish with low bitterness.

cheekymonkey.com.au
Best International-Style Pale Ale
Balter Strong Pale Ale, Draught
Balter Brewing, Queensland, Australia

Mountain Goat started out back in 1997 when two mates decided they wanted better tasting beers and were determined to do something about it.
Tasting Notes: Pale gold with thick white foam. Fruity & floral, reminiscent of passionfruit and melon. This Summer Ale is a real thirst-quencher, low on bitterness and full of fruity, crisp characters.

www.balter.com.au
Best British-Style Ale (Excluding IPA & Pale Ale)
Summer Ale, Draught
Mountain Goat Beer, Victoria, Australia
Best European-Style Ale
Infinite Guide Gose, Packaged
Bravo Brewing Co., Guangdong, China

Founded in Guangzhou, China in 2016 with the specialities of German lagers and European ales.
Tasting Notes: A balanced beer with lots of Fresh Lemon and hints of Coriander

Best IPA
Hawkers West Coast IPA, Packaged
Hawkers Brewery, Victoria, Australia

The name Hawkers is inspired from the street vendors, that roamed Australia from the early days of the colony.
Tasting notes: Not for the faint hearted. A big hoppy bitter West Coast style IPA with huge floral, fruity, and piny aromas

hawkers.beer
Best Amber / Dark Ale
Traders, Packaged
McLeods Brewery, New Zealand

Based in the small town of Waipu in New Zealand and starting out as a pizza barn that now includes the brewery.
Tasting Notes: This Strong Scotch Ale incorporates their house English ale yeast and rich, caramel-laden malts. A touch of rye rounds out the native Horopito which lends soft, evergreen notes to the finish.

www.mcleodsbrewery.co.nz
Best Porter
Black Shield Draught, Draught
Myanmar Brewery LTD, Yangon, Myanmar

Myanmar Brewery was the first new commercial brewery in Myanmar in 1995 and is the largest in the country.
Tasting Notes: Full bodied with some chocolate and rich and full body and hints of liquorice.

myanmar-brewery.com
Best Stout
Exit Milk Stout, Packaged
Exit Brewing, Victoria, Australia

The brewery name come about from both founders were previously working in IT and having left to pursue brewing when now ex-IT people.
Tasting Notes: Called a Milk Stout because lactose is added to the boil, which doesn't ferment out leaving a slight residual sweetness on the pallet. 

www.exitbrewing.com
Best Reduced / Low Alcohol Beer
Black Hops Brewery, Queensland, Australia

Black Hops has a manifesto of being ‘the least covert operation in brewing’. They documented their entire journey, through blog posts, podcasts and the book Operation Brewery on the way to opening their brewery.
Tasting Notes: This mid strength take on the classic hop-forward Pale Ale is bold yet refreshing. The punchy character from U.S. hops is balanced with a distinct malt base.

blackhops.com.au
Best Wheat Beer
TAP6 Mein Aventinus, Packaged
Schneider Weisse GmbH, Bavaria, Germany

Founded more than 140 years ago in Munich, Schneider Weisse is a 6th generation family run brewery. Bavaria's oldest wheat Doppelbock, TAP 6 Mein Aventinus has been brewed since 1907.
Tasting Notes: A dark ruby coloured wheat beer featuring sweet malts combined with smokey aromas and subtle clove spices. 

schneider-weisse.de
Best Belgian / French Ale
Feral One, Packaged
Firestone Walker Brewing Co., United States

Barrelworks was started with three prototypes and 48 oak barrels filled with dreams. It is these unique barrels that are blended together to create Feral One. 
Tasting Notes: Spicy oak aromatics and red grape pomace notes in the nose. Bright citrusy zest and underlying toasted marshmallow lurk in the background. A mouth-watering acidity and soft tannins are punctuated by a firm carbonation.

www.firestonebeer.com
Best Scotch Ale / Barley Wine
Alba, Packaged
Cervejaria Bohemia, Brazil

Brazil’s oldest operating brewery, Cervejaria Bohemia was founded in the city of Petropolis, Rio de Janeiro in 1853. 
Tasting Notes: An excellently balanced example of a Scotch Ale, with freshly sweet malt and toffee notes balanced by hop bitterness. 

www.bohemia.com.br
Best Fruit Beer
Rodenbach Caractere Rouge, Packaged
Brouwerij Rodenbach, Roesalare, Belgium

Brouwerij Rodenbach was established by the Rodenbach in 1821, in the West Flemish town of Roeselare. The Rodenbach Caractere Rouge begins with a base of Flanders Red Ale, undergoing two years ageing in French Oak Foeders and fermentation with cherries, raspberries and cranberries. 
Tasting Notes: A well balanced combination of cherry and raspberry characters with refreshing tartness and accents of oak. 

cheers.rodenbach.be
Best Wood And Barrel-Aged Beer
Captain of the Coast, Packaged
Pelican Brewing Company, Oregon, United States

For this version of MacPelican’s Wee Heavy they took their Wee Heavy and laid it down in Washington Wheat Whiskey barrels from Dry Fly Distilling in Spokane. With notes of chocolate covered cherries, toasted oak, spice and vanilla in the aroma. The first sip produces flavours reminiscent of malted milk balls and crème brûlée with a silky smooth mouthfeel. Continue on your bottle voyage and you’ll find dried apricots, sherry-like flavors, and dark marmalade.

pelicanbrewing.com
Best Specialty Beer
Maui Express, Packaged
Denver Beer Co, CO, United States

Maui Express features a distinct blend of hops and coconut to create a delightful tropical flavour explosion! Citra and Mosaic hops form a juicy fruit hop character that is enhanced by shredded coconut for a truly unique flavor combination.

denverbeerco.com
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