Results of the Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Awards 2022

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An Adelaide Hills micro-brewery has beaten the big boys to win the trophy for Most Outstanding Beer in Show at the Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards (RABCA) 2022, presented tonight (July 15) at the Beer and Barbecue Festival at Adelaide Showground.

Balhannah’s Left Barrel Brewing won the title, awarded to the entry with the most total points, for their German-style lager, Bob’s Ya Dunkel, also winning the Champion Lager trophy.

Western Australian brewery Nowhereman Brewing Co won the Champion Small Brewery Trophy, as well as the Champion Porter or Stout Trophy with their Alpharon Stout. Vale Brewing of South Australia won the Champion Large Brewery title, as well as the Champion Ale title.

Beer judging chairman Stephen Nelsen said the awards, organized by the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society of South Australia, recognize achievements in quality, consistency and innovation in the constantly growing brewing and cider industries. growth in Australia.

“This year’s awards attracted 347 entries from breweries across Australia,” said Mr Nelsen. “The return of interstate judges this year has been a boon to the competition, with all beers being judged blind by the same panel demonstrating the competition’s commitment to fairness and consistency.

“The most popular category was by far the lager category with more than 80 submissions. There were some good examples of both the traditional and more direct products, versus the growing number of fruity and less bitter offerings to suit the younger market, with both types excelling.

“The medium-strength, reduced-alcohol, and non-alcoholic entries increase in volume and range, and some of the beers using new hops were really sessionable.

“The specialties, including wheat beers, sours, flavored beers and barrel aging, are all really improving in terms of quality and craftsmanship. As expected, lagers, and especially the darker varieties, grew in popularity and won gold medals. »

Other South Australian breweries to receive recognition include Kick Back Brewing, which won the Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer trophy for its Mid Coast exhibit, and Swell Brewing Company’s Getting Barreled, which was named Champion Alternative Grain Beer. / Specialties. They were joined by Brightstar Brewing’s Schwarzbier, which was an entrant’s highest-rated exhibit in its first year of competition. another western

Australian producer Otherside Brewing won the Champion IPA trophy for their Hazy Double.

In the cider classes, Hills Cider Company’s Apple Cider won Best Cider in Show, as well as South Australia’s Best Cider Show. They were joined by Barossa Valley Cider Company which won Best Perry in Show.

Chief cider judge Warwick Billings said cider makers have continued to evolve in recent years, leading to a maturity in production techniques and an increase in the number of very good ciders, which is is reflected in the number of medals.

“In particular, we noticed an increase in the level of finesse in the fruit ciders this year, which was well received by the judges,” Warwick said.

“Cider has grown in popularity and diversity and we are seeing this reflected in the level of entries for the Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards.”

The Beer and Barbecue Festival takes place from 15 to 17 July at the Adelaide Showground. For more details, visit https://beerbbqfest.com.au/

ROYAL ADELAIDE BEER AND CIDER AWARDS 2022

…WINNERS…

BEER PRICE

THE CCL LABEL TROPHY for the REDUCED ALCOHOL BEER CHAMPION

Sponsored by Label CCL

Winner: Kick Back Brewing –Aldinga

Exposure: mid-rib

THE SIP’N SAVE TROPHY for CHAMPION LAGER

Sponsored by Sip’n Save

Winner: Left Barrel Brewing – Balhannah

Exposure: Bob is Ya Dunkel

THE BOC TROPHY for ALE CHAMPION

Sponsored by BOC Ltd.

Winner: Vale Brewery

Exposure: Vale IPA – McLaren Vale

THE HOP PRODCUTS AUSTRALIA TROPHY for IPA CHAMPION

Sponsored by Hop Products Australia

Winner: Otherside Brewing Co –WA

Exposure: double misty

THE ANDALE MICRO MATIC TROPHY for CHAMPION PORTER OR STOUT

Sponsored by Andale Micro Matic

Winner: Nowhereman Brewing Co –WA

Exposure: Alpharon Stout

THE ECOLAB TROPHY for ALTERNATIVE GRAIN BEER/SPECIAL CHAMPION

Sponsored by Ecolab

Winner: Swell Brewing Company Co Pty Ltd – McLaren Vale

Exposure: get barreled

An exhibitor’s highest-rated exhibition in its first year of exhibition.

Sponsored by Simon Fahey

Winner: Brightstar Brewery – Hindmarsh

Exposure: Schwarzbeer

MAJOR AWARDS

THE BINTANI AUSTRALIA TROPHY for CHAMPION SMALL BREWERY

(The brewery must produce less than 250,000 liters per year)

Awarded to the small brewery with the highest score (based on the average of the four highest rated exhibitions).

Sponsored by Bintani Australia

Winner: Nowhereman Brewing Co –WA

THE FASSINA ALCOHOLS TROPHY for the GREAT BREWERY CHAMPION

(250,000 liters or more per year)

Awarded to the highest rated large brewery (based on the average of the top four recorded exhibits)

Sponsored by Fassina Liquor

Winner: Vale Brewery – McLaren Vale

THE ORORA GROUP TROPHY for the MOST EXCEPTIONAL BEER OF THE SHOW

Awarded to the highest rated exhibit overall.

Sponsored by the Orora Group

Winner: Left Barrel Brewing – Balhannah

Exposure: Bob is Ya Dunkel

PRICE OF CIDER

THE LABEL CCL TROPHY for the BEST CIDER OF THE EXHIBITION

Sponsored by Label CCL

Winner: Hill cider company

Exposure: Apple

THE ASHTON VALLEY FRESH TROPHY for BEST PERRY IN SHOW

Sponsored by Ashton Valley Fresh

Winner: Barossa Valley Cider Company Pty Ltd

Exposure: crushed pear cider

THE WINEQUIP TROPHY for BEST SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CIDER EXHIBITION

To be eligible for this trophy, the cider or perry must have been fermented in South Australia using at least 90% Australian fruit.

Sponsored by Winequip Adelaide

Winner: Hill cider company

Exposure: Apple