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The Best Beers in Australia for 2021 Have Officially Been Named

When it comes to the best Australian beers, the jury has traditionally been out. In fact, many an outback pub has been subjected to shouting matches and flying fists over why XXXX is the nectar of the gods and Toohey’s New is just a cheap imitation. But spare a thought for the actual professionals, the brave men and women tasked with chugging ale and measuring its worth on crispness and flavour alone. Thankfully, they’ve persevered, with the people behind the Australian International Beer Awards sharing their insights, naming the best and brightest among our brewing brigade.

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Australian international beer awards

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the 2021 edition assessed 2,500 entries, both packaged and draughts from 402 exhibitors across 21 countries, with 75 judges handing out a total of 35 trophies. Winners came from all corners of the globe, however, it was Dollar Bill Brewing that awarded the prestigious title of Champion Australian Beer for its Gold Teeth 2021 Packaged.

“As the world’s largest annual beer competition judging both draught and packaged beer, the Australian International Beer Awards conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria is the pinnacle benchmarking opportunity for brewers from Australia and abroad,” RASV CEO Brad Jenkins said. “After the challenges of 2020, it was fabulous to conduct the Awards again this year and receive 2,500 entries from more than 400 exhibitors and then see the beer industry come together to celebrate brewing excellence.”

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Australian International Beer Award Winners (2021)

With the RASV officially naming its top drops, Australia’s best beers have crowned. Here is a list of the best beers in Australia fro 2021, as named by the International Beer Awards.

Champion Australian Beer presented by Cryer Malt
Gold Teeth 2021, Packaged. Dollar Bill Brewing, Victoria

Champion International Beer
Sauvage, Packaged. Deep Creek Brewing Company, Auckland, New Zealand

Champion Large Australian Brewery presented by Barret Burston
4 Pines Brewing Company, New South Wales

Champion Large International Brewery presented by Barth-Haas Group
Deep Creek Brewing Company, Auckland, New Zealand

Champion Medium Australian Brewery presented by Cryer Malt
Hop Nation Pty Ltd, Victoria

Champion Medium International Brewery Presented by Kegstar
Nbeer Craft Brewing Co., Sichuan, China

Champion Small Australian Brewery Presented by Yakima Chief Hops
Cheeky Monkey Brewery, Western Australia

Champion Small International Brewery
Goose Island Brewhouse Seoul, South Korea

Champion Victorian Brewery
Hop Nation Pty Ltd

Australian Gypsy Brewer Award
Valhalla Brewing, Victoria

Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy For The Best New Exhibitor
Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Company, Ohio, United States

Best Australian-Style Lager
Lager, Draught. Two Birds Brewing Co., Victoria

Best European-Style Lager (Excluding Pilsner) Presented by Weyermann
Lager, Packaged. Mismatch Brewing Co., South Australia

Best International Lager
Coastie Lager, Draught, Six String Brewing Company, New South Wales

Best Pilsner Presented by Brews News
Rattenhund, Draught. Hop Nation Pty Ltd, Victoria

Best Amber / Dark Lager Presented By Joe White Maltings
Keller Door-Schwarzbier, Draught. 4 Pines Brewing Company, New South Wales

Best Australian Style Pale Ale Presented By Konvoy Kegs
Burleigh Twisted Palm, Draught. Burleigh Brewing Company, Queensland

Best New World-Style Pale Ale Presented By Hop Products Australia
Cryotherapy Hazy IPA, Packaged, Sunday Road Brewing, New South Wales

Best International-Style Pale Ale Presented By The Post Project
King Road IPA, Draught. King Road Brewing Co, Western Australia

Best British or European-Style Ale (Excluding IPA & Pale Ale)
Foghorn Hunter Kolsch, Draught. Foghorn Brewery Pty Ltd, New South Wales

Best Traditional IPA
Sprocket, Draught Bentspoke Brewing Co, Australian Capital Territory

Best Modern IPA
Lefties, Draught. Cheeky Monkey Brewery, Western Australia

Best Amber / Dark Ale
The Buzz, Draught. Hop Nation Pty Ltd, Victoria

Best Porter (including Baltic Style Porter Presented By Weyermann
Valhalla Brewing Obsidian, Packaged. Valhalla Brewing, Victoria

Best Reduced/Low Alcohol Beer
James Boag’s Premium Light, Packaged. J Boag & Son Brewing, Tasmania

Best Non-Alcohol Beer
Tinnies Ultra Low Alcohol, Packaged. Coles Supermarkets Australia Ltd, Victoria

Best Wheat Beer
Lowen White Beer, Packaged. China Resources Snow Breweries Co., China

Best Belgian / French Style Ale
Le Petit Biere, Draught. Stone & Wood Brewing Co., New South Wales

Best Fruit Beer Presented by CHR Hansen
Gold Teeth 2021, Packaged. Dollar Bill Brewing, Victoria

Best Wood- And Barrel-Aged Beer
Sauvage, Packaged. Deep Creek Brewing Company, Auckland, New Zealand

Best Specialty Beer
Heavy Smoker, Draught. Zhang Men Brewing Company, Taiwan

Best Specialty Flavoured Beer
Dangge Vanilla Coffee Imperial Stout, Packaged. Dangge Brewing, China

Best Design – Label/Surface Graphic
Stubbie Refreshing Beer 330ml. Pinnacle Drinks, New South Wales

Best Design – Outer Packaging
Classic IPA, Craft Lager, And Wheat Beer 4 Packs. Specific Gravity Beverage Company Pte Ltd, Singapore

Best Media Presented By The Crafty Pint
James Atkinson, New South Wales

Consistency of Excellence Medal
Products that have been awarded a gold medal for three consecutive years receive a Consistency of Excellence Medal.
1. Captain of the Coast, Packaged. Pelican Brewing Company, Oregon, United States
2. Obsession Session IPA, Draught. Fixation Brewing Co, Victoria, Australia

Victorian Winners

  • Hop Nation
  • Valhalla Brewing
  • Two Birds Brewing Co.
  • Dollar Bill Brewing
  • Fixation Brewing Co.

NSW Winners

  • 4 Pines Brewing Company
  • Six String Brewing Company
  • Sunday Road Brewing
  • Foghorn Brewery
  • Stone & Wood Brewing Co.
  • Pinnacle Drinks

Western Australia

  • Cheeky Monkey Brewery
  • King Road Brewing Co.

SA Winners

  • Mismatch Brewing Co.

ACT Winner

  • BentSpoke Brewing Co.

International Winners

  • Deep Creek Brewing Company, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Nbeer Craft Brewing Co., Sichuan, China
  • Goose Island Brewhouse Seoul, South Korea
  • Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Company, Ohio, United States
  • China Resources Snow Breweries Co., China
  • Zhang Men Brewing Company, Taiwan
  • Dangge Brewing, China
  • Specific Gravity Beverage Company Pte Ltd, Singapore
  • Pelican Brewing Company, Oregon, United States

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