2024 Trophy Winners

Melbourne Royal is proud to announce the Champion and Major award winners of the 2024 Melbourne Royal Australian International Beer Awards.

Champion Australian Beer

Presented by Cryer Malt

Hinterland Big Pale, Draught, Stone & Wood Brewing, New South Wales

Big Pale showcases the essence of two iconic Aussie hops – Eclipse and Vic Secret, citrusy, juicy, subtly tropical, with hints of pineapple and mandarin.

Champion International Beer

Presented by BoortMalt Asia Pacific

Chance, Luck & Magic 2021, Packaged, Garage Project, Wellington, New Zealand

Wow! Another Brewery taking out its fourth award for the night. Founded by brothers Ian and Pete Gillespie and Jos Ruffel in a dilapidated Wellington car garage, Garage Project have been at the forefront of the New Zealand craft brewery scene since 2011.

Champion Large Australian Brewery

Presented by Barrett Burston Malting

Brick Lane Brewing, Victoria, Australia

Taking out their fourth trophy this evening - yes, fourth!
Brick Lane Brewing is an independently owned, with core values that centre around innovation, sustainability and community.

Champion Large International Brewery

Presented by KONVOY

Garage Project

Taking out their third victory for the night, Garage Project continue to take risks, have a bit of fun, and try something new with each brew. 

Champion Medium Australian Brewery

Presented by Cryer Malt

Kaiju! Beer, Victoria

Established in 2013, this is the second award win tonight for Melbourne’s popular Kaiju! Beer

Champion Medium International Brewery

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Behemoth Brewing Company, Auckland

This is Behemoth Brewing's second year in a row winning this award. Founded in 2013 and based in Auckland New Zealand, Behemoth has made over 350 unique beers and is all about creating community through the enjoyment of craft beer.

Champion Small Australian Brewery

Presented by Hop Products Australia (HPA)

King Road Brewing, Western Australia

This is King Road Brewing’s second win of the night – and first-time winning this award. Starting in their shed on the family farm, King Road now have a dedicated venue with a stand-alone brewery where they handcraft their creations.

Champion Small International Brewery

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Three Sisters Brewery, Taranaki, New Zealand

Taking out this award for the second year in a row, Three Sisters Brewery is a husband-and-wife team who first started brewing boutique craft beer in their garage in coastal Taranaki, New Zealand.

Australian Gypsy Brewer Award

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Dollar Bill Brewing, Victoria

This is Dollar Bill’s third year in a row winning this award. This Ballarat-based brewery loves to challenge the norm, aging their beer in specially selected ex-wine oak barrels, taking inspiration from the finest winemakers, brewers and artists in the world.

Consistency of Excellence

This award acknowledges exhibits of the same label that have achieved a gold medal for three consecutive years. To be eligible, exhibits need to have been submitted in the same format, under the same label and in the same style or Class each year.

  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine 2023, Packaged, Hawkers Beer, Victoria
  • Coopers Sparkling Ale, Packaged, Coopers Brewery, South Australia
  • Double IPA, Packaged, Philter Brewing, New South Wales
  • King Road Pale Ale, Draught, King Road Brewing, Western Australia
  • Shadow Of The Moon Eclipse Strong Pale Ale, Packaged, Moffat Beach Brewing, Queensland
  • The Reveller, Draught, Revel Brewing, Queensland
  • Triple Berry Nectar, Draught, Jing-A Brewing, Beijing, China

Champion Victorian Brewery

Presented by Agriculture Victoria

Brick Lane Brewing

It’s a treble for Brick Lane Brewing, after taking home Best Australian-Style Lager & Best Wood / Barrel-Aged Beer earlier tonight.

Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Outer Range Brewing, Colorado, United States

Outer Range brewing is founded upon the belief that their beers should transport you to the rugged peaks of Colorado which inspire every day.

Best Media

Presented by The Crafty Pint

Will Ziebell, Victoria

Will’s piece: Burnout And Beer: Paying The Passion Tax was written to explore how craft beer industry employees are impacted about burnout and what could be done to help workers into the future.

Will is a Senior Journalist at The Craft Pint and a Freelance writer. This is his second time winning this Award since 2018.

Best Design- Label / Surface Graphic

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Monsuta Okinawa, Supreme Premium Beer Endeavour - Pinnacle Drinks, New South Wales

Short Bio

Best Modern India Pale Ale

Presented by NZ Hops

Red IPA, Draught, Reckless Brewing, New South Wales

Based in Bathurst, Reckless Brewing is the brainchild of long-time friends and dedicated to making the best beer possible with the freshest ingredients possible. This is their second trophy in two years.

Best Traditional India Pale Ale

Presented by Indie Hops

King Road IPA, Draught, King Road Brewing, Western Australia

Based in Olbury WA, King Road Brewing prides itself on its family values. This is the second time King Road has taken out the Best Traditional India Pale Ale having one it in 2021

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

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Pickle Beer, Packaged, Garage Project, Wellington, New Zealand

A clean, refreshing sour beer inspired by the burger’s classic companion - the dill pickle. This quirky refreshing beer would be the perfect playmate for the classic cheese burger, fish burger or any other pickle loving burger offering.

This is Garage Project’s second trophy for the night.

Best International-Style Pale Ale

Presented by Yakima Chief Hops

American Pale Ale, Draught, Seven Mile Brewing, New South Wales

Seven Mile Brewing is family owned and operated in Ballina with a sincere and passionate focus on local produce, and community.

Best Modern Pale Ale

Presented by Hop Products Australia (HPA)

In The Pines, Packaged, Margaret River Beer, Western Australia

Born from 3 beer-loving couples and inspired by their West Australian region, Margaret River Beer aims to share the essence of ‘Margs’ with beer enthusiasts all over.

Best Australian Style Pale Ale

Presented by KONVOY

Hinterland Big Pale, Draught, Stone & Wood Brewing, New South Wales

Established in Byron Bay in 2008, Stone & Wood is dedicated to brewing ‘approachable’ beer and using quality ingredients.

Best Specialty Flavoured Beer

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Tropical Nectar, Draught, Jing-A Brewing, Beijing, China

Founded in 2012 in Beijing, this microbrewery is known for its use of rare ingredients and unexpected flavours. This is Jing-A's first trophy win at the Awards

Best Specialty Beer

Presented by Thirsty Merchants

Shared Dreams, Packaged, Deeds Brewing, Victoria

This award is a bittersweet moment Patrick and David Milstein and the team at Deeds Brewing. What a wonderful celebration of Deeds impact to the industry over the past 11 years.

Best Wood / Barrel-Aged Beer

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Asylum, Packaged, Brick Lane Brewing, Victoria

This is Brick Lane’s second win of the night. Melbourne-based, and independently owned, Brick Lane Brewing’s core values centre around innovation, sustainability and community.

Best Fruit Beer

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Rock Candy, Draught, Rocky Ridge Brewing, Western Australia

Australia’s first Certified Sustainable Brewery, Western Australia’s Rocky Ridge Brewing with all their beers brewed off-grid in their carbon-neutral has evolved from humble farm beginnings to a thriving community-focused brewery

Best Belgian / French-Style Ale

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Chance, Luck & Magic 2021, Packaged, Garage Project, Wellington, New Zealand

The ultimate expression of Wild Workshop’s inner-city terroir. Complex and beautifully balanced, with tart fruit notes and a superbly dry finish - this beer is the result of three years’ hard work, and a little Chance, Luck and Magic.

Best Wheat Beer

Presented by Melbourne Royal

HAIDILAO Original Wheat Beer, Packaged, Haidilao, Beijing, China

Using a traditional German wheat-brewing process, Haidilao combines dense and delicate foam with a mixed aroma of fruit, malt and hops.
Congratulations Haidilao!

Best Non-Alcohol Beer

Presented by Novonesis

Free Damm, Packaged, Damm S.A, Catalonia, Spain

Founded in Barcelona in 1876, this Spanish brewery is the city’s most prolific brewery. This is Damm S.A’s first win since 1998!

Best Reduced / Low Alcohol Beer

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Summer Rapture, Draught, Valley Hops Brewing, Queensland

Valley Hops Brewing is dedicated to crafting and pouring refreshing brews that reflect their famous Fortitude Valley home.

Best Porter (including Baltic-Style Porter) or Stout

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Coopers Best Extra Stout, Packaged, Coopers Brewery, South Australia

Founded in 1862, Coopers Brewery has dedicated over 150 years to the art of brewing and is Australia's oldest family owned and run brewery.

Best Amber / Dark Ale

Presented by Bevchain

Dark Ale, Draught, Moo Brew, Tasmania

Tassie’s largest craft brewery, Moo Brew’s motto is: ‘a little arty, little weird, but mostly just keen on making good beers’. This is Moo Brew’s first trophy win since 2018.

Best Amber / Dark Lager

Presented by Joe White Maltings

Komodo Black, Draught, Perentie Brewing, Queensland

Launching only 6 months ago in Logan, South of Brisbane, this brewery was born from a passion for sessionable beers with a uniquely Australian flavour.

Best Pilsner

Presented by Brews News

KAIJU! Koldsplif, Draught, Kaiju! Beer, Victoria

Kaiju! meaning “strange creature” in Japanese is the brainchild of brothers Nat and Callum Reeves who have been championing hop driven styles since 2013 in their brewery in Huntingdale, Victoria. This is their first trophy win since 2014.

Best International Lager

Presented by Scan Global Logistics

Prodigal · Citra DDHL, Packaged, Huli Brewing, China

Established in 2017, Huli Brewing is a Jinan, Shandong Providence – local craft brewery focusing on hop-forward beers. This is Huli Brewing’s first time entering the Australian International Beer Awards.

Best European-Style Lager

Presented by Weyermann Specialty Malts

The Prince of Dort-ness, Packaged, Quarter Celtic Brewpub, New Mexico, United States

Founded in 2016, Quarter Celtic Brewpub is renowned for its Irish-inspired brews. This is Quarter Celtic Brewpubs first trophy win in the 7 years they have entered the Awards.

Best Australian- Style Lager

Presented by Melbourne Royal

Natural Draught, Draught, Brick Lane Brewing, Victoria

Based in the heart of Melbourne, Brick Lane Brewing proudly leads the craft brewing forefront with their diverse range of exceptional brews.