2023 Trophy Winners 

Champion Australian Beer

Presented by Cryer Malt

Candy Paint 2023, Packaged - Dollar Bill Brewing, Victoria

This is Dollar Bill’s third win of the night-, and second-time winning Champion Australian Beer after claiming the title in 2021 for their ‘Gold Teeth’. Dollar Bill brews using fresh pressed fruit, honey and wort from local producers, which is then fermented and aged in French oak barrels. These barrels are then blended to create Belgian inspired ales, Ciders, Mead and barrel aged beers. 

Champion International Beer

Presented by BoortMalt Asia Pacific

Lindongjiangzhi Weizenbock, Packaged - NBeer Craft Brewing Co, Sichuan, China

NBeer Craft Brewing, established in 2013 in Beijing, is one of the first natively-owned-and-brewed craft beer brands in China. To this day, they remain a leader of China’s craft beer movement, gaining a dedicated following among the nation’s craft beer fanatics. NBeer Craft Brewing is one of the most internationally awarded craft brewing companies in the world and tonight is another example as to why, having also won the Champion Medium International Brewery award in 2021. 

Champion Large Australian Brewery

Presented by Barrett Burston Malting

Mountain Goat Beer, Victoria

Taking out their second trophy, Mountain Goat's founders, Cam Hines and Dave Bonighton, were at the forefront of the craft-beer revolution when they set up shop in 1997 and have clearly had an abundance of success since.

Champion Large International Brewery

Presented by KONVOY

Garage Project Brewery, Wellington, New Zealand

Garage Project is an independent New Zealand brewery based in Aro Valley, Wellington. The brewery was founded in 2011 by brothers Ian and Pete Gillespie and Jos Ruffell, who transformed a dilapidated car garage into a micro-brewery, brewing 50 litres at a time. The brewery has grown considerably since then and has created over 300 different beers.

Champion Medium Australian Brewery

Presented by Cryer Malt

Deeds Brewing, Victoria

Taking out their fourth Trophy, Deeds Brewing owes its beginnings to the bold ideas bounced around between engineering students Patrick Alé and David Milstein over drinks in 2003.

Champion Medium International Brewery

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Behemoth Brewing Company, Auckland, New Zealand

Founded in 2013, Behemoth Brewing has made over 350 unique beers, many of those having been small-batch, one-offs. Behemoth always loves trying new things while using top notch ingredients to make quality beers, aiming to create a hospitable community through the enjoyment of craft beer that are big on flavour and fun.

Champion Small Australian Brewery

Presented by Hop Products Australia (HPA)

Moffat Beach Brewing Co, Queensland

This is Moffat Beach Brewing’s first-time winning Champion Small Australian Brewery. Since opening their Beachside brewpub in 2015, Moffat Beach Brewing Co has quickly become one of the most popular destinations on the Coast, brewing craft beer enjoyed by anyone.

Champion Small International Brewery

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Three Sisters Brewery, Taranaki, New Zealand

Three Sisters Brewery is a husband-and-wife team who first started brewing boutique craft beer in their garage in coastal Taranaki. Their meticulous approach and respect for quality ingredients produce an exciting range of craft beers that are distinctive, fresh and remarkable.

Australian Gypsy Brewer Award

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Dollar Bill Brewing, Victoria

This is Dollar Bill’s second year in a row winning the Australian Gypsy Brewer Award. This Ballarat-based brewery loves to challenge the norm, aging their beverages in specially selected ex-wine oak barrels and taking inspiration from the finest winemakers, brewers and artists in the world.

Champion Victorian Brewery

Presented by Drink Victorian

Deeds Brewing, Victoria

Deeds Brewing owes its beginnings to the bold ideas bounced around between engineering students Patrick Alé and David Milstein over drinks in 2003.

Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Boundary Island Brewery

This is the Western Australian brewery's first time entering the Awards. Born from two Mandurah families who love great beer, Boundary Island Brewery is dedicated to creating craft beers that cater to all taste buds.

Best Media

Presented by The Crafty Pint

Mick Wüst, Queensland, Australia

Mick Wust enjoys a brewski so much he became a specialist beer writer. Mick contributes fun and informative articles for a range of brewing media and he's a freelance contributor to The Crafty Pint, an independent online magazine and resource for anyone interested in craft beer in Australia. 

Best Design

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Outer Packaging: Shiner Orale - Shiner Beers, Texas, United States

Founded by Kosmos Spoetzl in 1909, every drop of Shiner Beer has been brewed at the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, which has a population of just 2,069 people. Today, this little brewery sends more than 6 million cases of delicious Shiner beer across the globe.

Best Design- Label / Surface Graphic

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Golden Pipes Brewing Auguste's Underground Hazy Pale Ale - Endeavour - Pinnacle Drinks, New South Wales, Australia

Pinnacle Drinks creates and manages a broad portfolio of brands, which are sold through Endeavour's hotels, stores and on-demand services, as well as to key strategic partners overseas. They have access to unique brand-building capabilities that they leverage across their entire portfolio.

Best Modern India Pale Ale

Presented by NZ Hops

Haze, Draught - Philter Brewing, New South Wales, Australia

Born out of a backyard chat between Marrickville mates and neighbours, Philter Brewing brings the love with sessionable, easy-drinking favourites. They’re all about quality ingredients, good times and making great beer for everyone.

Best Traditional India Pale Ale

Presented by Indie Hops

West Coast IPA, Packaged Seven Mile Brewing Co., New South Wales, Australia

Seven Mile Brewing Co, a family owned and operated business located in sunny Ballina, has a sincere and passionate focus on local produce and the local community.

Best British or European-Style Ale (excluding India Pale Ale & Pale Ale)

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Margaret River Kolsch, Draught - Margaret River Brewhouse, Western Australia, Australia

From their origins to their present-day establishment, the Margaret River Brewhouse represents a captivating blend of craftsmanship, innovation, and a deep appreciation for the region's natural splendour.

Best International-Style Pale Ale

Presented by Yakima Chief Hops

Shadow Of The Moon Eclipse Strong Pale Ale, Draught - Moffat Beach Brewing Co, Queensland, Australia

This is Moffat Beach Brewing’s second year in a row winning Best International-Style Pale Ale. This beer is described best as having huge bursts of sweet mandarin, zesty citrus peel and a fresh pine needle bouquet. – and is best enjoyed “stargazing on the beach”.

Best Modern Pale Ale

Presented by Hop Products Australia (HPA)

Esker Hazy Pale, Draught - Esker/Australian Brewery, New South Wales, Australia

Inspired by their home in the Hills Shire of Sydney, Esker Brewery is dedicated to creating craft beer that can be enjoyed by anyone. This winning beer showcases a layered and complex fruit driven experience.

Best Australian Style Pale Ale

Presented by KONVOY

XPA, Draught - Reckless Brewing Co, New South Wales, Australia

Based in Bathurst, Reckless Brewing Co. is the brainchild of long-time friends, driven by a desire to craft the kinds of beers they each loved best. XPA is an all-Aussie line up of malt and Galaxy hops with fat tropical flavours of passionfruit and citrus, with a crisp malt backdrop.

Best Specialty Flavoured Beer

Presented by Crafted ERP

BBA Peanut Butter Imperial Stout, Packaged - Deeds Brewing, VIC, Australia

Deeds Brewery is all about pushing boundaries – especially with the taste of chocolate and peanut butter layers on top of each other. 

Best Specialty Beer

Presented by Thirsty Merchants

Ruminations, Packaged - Deeds Brewing, VIC, Australia

Born from a shared vision and a relentless pursuit of brewing excellence, Deeds Brewing crafts extraordinary beers with a strong focus on quality, innovation and pushing the flavour envelope. Their ethos is simple – they brew beer they want to drink!

Best Wood / Barrel-Aged Beer

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Hightail XXV, Packaged - Mountain Goat Beer, Victoria, Australia

Brewing delicious beers in the back streets of Richmond since 1997, Mountain Goat Beer combines tradition, creativity, and a relentless pursuit of brewing excellence. Hightail XXV has been brewed 25 years after Mountain Goat’s first Hightail Ale in honour of the beer that gave them their first sale.

Best Fruit Beer

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Candy Paint 2023, Packaged - Dollar Bill Brewing, Victoria, Australia

2021 Champion Australian Beer, and 2022 Australian Gypsy Brewer Award winners, Dollar Bill Brewing is a Ballarat-based brewing and blending company creating a harmonious blend of science and art, always thinking outside the box.

Best Belgian / French-Style Ale

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Sour Brett Ale, Packaged Holgate Brewhouse, Victoria, Australia

Family-owned brewery, Holgate Brewhouse is proudly independent and has fostered innovation and creativity in traditionally crafted beers since 1999. 20 years later Holgate Brewhouse continues to share their passion for bold balanced beers through their production brewery and brew-pub.

Best Wheat Beer

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Lindongjiangzhi Weizenbock, Packaged NBeer Craft Brewing Co, Sichuan, China

In 2021 NBeer Craft Brewing Co won Champion Medium International Brewery 2021. Established in 2013 in Beijing, NBeer Craft Brewing is one of the first natively-owned-and-brewed craft beer brands in China.

Best Non-Alcohol Beer

Presented by Chr. Hansen

Samuel Adams Gold Rush, Packaged - Samuel Adams Brewery, MA, United States

From their iconic Boston brewery, Samuel Adams showcases the essence of Massachusetts' brewing heritage. They are constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries of brewing to make sure that from the ingredients to the glass, every pint of Samuel Adams beer is as good (if not better) than the last.

Best Reduced / Low Alcohol Beer

Presented by Melbourne Royal

The Reveller, Packaged - Revel Brewing Company, Queensland, Australia

From homebrewing experiments to the establishment of their vibrant brewery and taproom, Revel Brewing Company embodies the essence of collaboration, craftsmanship, and a relentless dedication to crafting exceptional beers.

Best Porter (including Baltic-Style Porter) or Stout

Presented by Bluestone Yeast Co. 

Arthur Smoked Porter, Packaged - Blackman's Brewing, Victoria, Australia

An independent, family run and owned brewery based on the Surf Coast and Geelong, Blackman’s Brewing is steeped in passion and dedication, crafting brews that capture the essence of the Great Ocean Road.

Best Amber / Dark Ale

Presented by Bevchain

The Buzz, Draught - Hop Nation, Victoria, Australia

Based in Footscray, Hop Nation Brewery’s journey began with two brewing enthusiasts, evolving from homebrewing roots into a flourishing establishment. In 2021, Hop Nation won Best Amber / Dark Ale as well as Champion Victorian Brewery and Champion Medium Australian Brewery.

Best Amber / Dark Lager

Presented by Joe White Maltings

The Nightcrawler, Draught - Co-Conspirators Brewing, Victoria, Australia

Deeply rooted in a shared passion for brewing, Co-Conspirators Brewery blossomed from the collective efforts of two couples. From their homebrewing days to their present-day haven in Brunswick, this brewery is proof that four heads are better than one!

Best Pilsner

Presented by Brews News

The Prospector, Draught Hemingway's Brewing Company, Queensland, Australia

Hemingway’s Brewery is a local, independent craft brewery operating in Far North Queensland that produces a range of craft beers. The Prospector, described as ‘a Bohemian style Pilsner’ was inspired by James Venture Mulligan, the first person to find gold in the Palmer River. 

Best International Lager

Presented by Scan Global Logistics

Spring Valley Hojun 496, Packaged - Kirin Brewery Company, Limited, Kyoto, Japan

For more than a century KIRIN has embodied the Japanese spirit of ingenuity and craftsmanship that harness the purity of ingredients to create premium international beers. Kirin Brewery’s Spring Valley is a craft beer brand that carries on the spirit of the Spring Valley Brewery, which formed the cornerstone of the beer industry in Japan in 1870.

Best European-Style Lager

Presented by Weyermann Specialty Malts

Mair St Märzen, Draught - Aunty Jacks, Victoria, Australia

It’s their mission to create delicious beer that’s locally brewed. Producing around 100,000 litres of beer per year, Aunty Jacks is brewed locally in Ballarat, using the best quality natural ingredients.

Best Australian- Style Lager

Presented by Kegstar

King Road Lager, Draught - King Road Brewing Co, Western Australia, Australia

This is King Road Brewing Co.’s second consecutive year winning Best Australian Style Lager. Since experimenting with cider recipes in 2008, King Road has grown to include a stand-alone brewery where they handcraft their beer and cider creations, including this classic Australian lager.