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AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL BEER AWARDS WINNERS 2017
If anyone was still clinging to any vestiges of doubt that the Balter project was merely a celebrity endorsed gimmick, last night’s Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne should have seen those doubts obliterated. Little more than a year after releasing its first beer, the Gold Coast brewery that counts surfers Mick Fanning, Bede Burbridge, Joel Parkinson and Josh Kerr among its founders took out three trophies and yet more gold medals for its flagship XPA.
The brewery team has said since day one that, despite the attention the famous foursome brings Balter’s way, it’s all about head brewer Scotty Hargrave (pictured above in braces) and his beers. Now, two years on from collecting two trophies in his previous head brewer’s role at Byron Bay Brewery – and a few more from his first AIBA trophy six months into a head brewer role at Sunshine Coast Brewery – it’s clear they backed the right man.
After being gently reprimanded by co-host Kirrily “Beer Diva” Waldhorn for saying he needed “a fucking tequila” on his first trip to the stage to collect Best International Style Pale Ale, he had the opportunity to apologise while collecting Best New Exhibitor then another one to bring the rest of the Balter team up onstage to collect the trophy for Champion Medium Australian Brewery.
“I’m just spun out,” he told The Crafty Pint afterwards. “It’s insane. [Balter] is the real deal. I want people to understand that. We want to make the best beer and that’s all. It’s not about flogging a dead horse with sporting people.”
One of Scotty’s former employers, Stone & Wood, made it back to back Champion Large Australian Brewery titles, while the lesser seen member of its core range, Jasper, took out Best British Style Ale.
Brewery co-founder Brad Rogers, one of the first to congratulate his old head brewer, said: “I’m just stoked for the entire team. As the team grows, this is just fantastic.”
His words were echoed by current head brewer Caolan Vaughan: “From production to sales, we are forever striving for perfection and to achieve this two years in a row refuels the fire to keep on going. It’s an amazing result and we couldn’t have done it without the amazing family we have at Stone & Wood.”
Among the other multiple winners from Australia were Mountain Goat, who continued a fine run of form at the awards with trophies for Pulped Fiction IPA and the draught version of their Pale Ale, 2 Brothers, who took home trophies for their Pay Day Pale Ale and reduced alcohol beer Happiness, and Wayward Brewing Company with a one-two featuring its Sourpuss Raspberry Berliner Weisse and the trophy for Outer Packaging.
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