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June 5, 2019
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How’d your favourite SA breweries do at the Australian International Beer Awards?

From Mismatch to Pirate Life to West End, 20 SA breweries took home more than 80 medals at AIBA 2019. See how your favourites fared.

  • Words and pictures: Johnny von Einem

Gone are the days in which the feathers in South Australia’s beverage industry cap come solely from our globally renowned wine industry.

After years building up a roster of local distillers, SA gin is having its moment, and similarly for our indie and craft beer community: there are brewers who started in sheds at home or by borrowing other people’s equipment who have now either upscaled (once or twice) or built an official home for their business.

Remarks

See the full Australian International Brewing Awards results here.

CityMag‘s rundown of SA breweries is ordered from most awards to least, and alphabetical for tied breweries.

Most importantly for conscientious consumers, this means plenty of quality booze in the local market. But while we’re lucky enough just to be able to drink and talk about our favourite South Australian brews, it’s always nice to get an idea of how we’re sitting in the national scene.

The Australian International Beer Awards have been held since 1992 as a dual project from the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria and the University of Ballarat, with an award ceremony held for the 2019 event on Thursday, 16 May at Good Beer Week in Melbourne.

The AIBA saw 2594 beers submitted by 402 breweries from 26 different countries this year, and from that pool, 20 South Australian breweries took home 89 awards.

See how we did below.


 

Mismatch Brewing Co.

Trophies: 1  Gold: 3  Silver: 11  Bronze: 3  Total: 18

Well-packaged goods. Photo taken at Sturt Street Cellars

Major Trophy

Best Design, Outer Packaging
India Pale Ale

Gold

Australian-Style Pale Ale
Session Ale (Draught)

Other Wheat Beer
Mandarin Berliner Weisse (Draught)

Outer Packaging
India Pale Ale

Silver

Other IPA
India Pale Ale (Draught)

Other Amber / Dark Ale
Evil Archie’s Red IPA (Draught)

Bronze

New World Style Pale Ale
Pale Ale (Draught)

Labels / Surface Graphic
Pale Ale
Evil Archie’s Red IPA


 

Pirate Life Brewing

Trophies: 0  Gold: 6  Silver: 6  Bronze: 3  Total: 15

Gold- and bronze-awarded Port Local Lager. Photo taken at East End Cellars.

Gold

Bohemian Style Pilsner
Port Local Lager (Draught)

American-style Pale Ale
Pale Ale (Draught)
Pale Ale (Packaged)

American-style IPA
Mosaic (Packaged)
Mosaic (Draught)
IPA (Draught)

Silver

Imperial / Double IPA
IIPA (Draught)

‘Other’ Stout
Stout (Draught)

Reduced Alcohol Ale
Throwback IPA (Packaged)

Wood- or Barrel-Aged Strong Beer
Limeburners x Pirate Life Whisky Aged Stout (Packaged)

Labels / Surface Graphic
Limeburners x Pirate Life Whisky Aged Stout

Outer Packaging
Limebruners x Pirate Life Whisky Aged Stout

Bronze

Bohemian-style Pilsner
Port Local Lager (Packaged)

Imperial / Double IPA
IIPA (Packaged)

‘Other’ Stout
Stout (Packaged)


 

Coopers Brewery

Trophies: 0  Gold: 1  Silver: 2  Bronze: 6  Total: 9

Coopers’ silver-awarded Dark Ale. Photo taken at East End Cellars

Gold

‘Other’ Stout
Best Extra Stout (Draught)

Silver

English-style Brown Ale
Dark Ale (Packaged)

Other Specialty Beer
Vintage Ale 2017 (Draught)

Bronze

Australian-style Lager
Premium Lager (Draught)

Classic Australian-style Pale Ale
Original Pale Ale (Draught)
Original Pale Ale (Packaged)
Sparkling Ale (Draught)
Sparkling Ale (Packaged)

English-style Brown Ale
Dark Ale (Draught)


 

Goodieson Brewery

Trophies: 0  Gold: 0  Silver: 1  Bronze: 5  Total: 6

L-R: Goodieson’s bronze-awarded Coffee Stout, silver-awarded Raspberry Wheat, and bronze-awarded Chocolate Stout. Photo taken at East End Cellars

Silver

Fruit Wheat Beer
Raspberry Wheat Beer (Packaged)

Bronze

German-style Bock
Black Pilsner (Packaged)

Wood- or Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
Barrel Aged Cherry Saison (Packaged)

Specialty Beer – Chocolate
Chocolate Stout (Packaged)

Other Specialty Beer
Coffee Stout (Packaged)


 

Prancing Pony Brewery

Trophies: 0  Gold: 1  Silver: 1  Bronze: 4  Total: 6

Prancing Pony’s gold-awarded Magic Carpet Midnight Ride. Photo taken at Sturt Street Cellars

Gold

Imperial Stout
Magic Carpet Midnight Ride (Packaged)

Silver

Other IPA
XPA (Draught)

Bronze

German-style Pilsner
Indie Kid (Packaged)

Other International Pale Ale
Hopwork Orange (Packaged)

American-style IPA
The Piper (Draught)

Other Stout
Black Ale (Packaged)


 

Beer Garden Brewing

Trophies: 0  Gold: 1  Silver: 4  Bronze: 0  Total: 5

The packaged version of Beer Garden Brewing’s gold-awarded Salty Session Ale. Photo taken at Sturt Street Cellars

Gold

Reduced Alcohol Ale
Salty Session Ale (Draught)

Silver

Australian-style Pale Ale
Eyre Peninsula Ale (Draught)

Regular / Brown Porter
Captain Porter (Packaged)

Other Specialty Beer
Original Sin (Draught)

Labels / Surface Graphic
Angasi Coffin Bay Oyster Stout


 

Pikes Beer Company

Trophies: 0  Gold: 0  Silver: 1  Bronze: 4  Total: 5

Pikes Beer Company’s silver-awarded Double IPA. Photo taken at Sturt Street Cellars

Silver

Labels / Surface Graphic
Double IPA

Bronze

Australian-style Pale Ale
Pale Ale (Packaged)

American-style Pale Ale
Sparkling Ale (Packaged)

Imperial / Double IPA
Double IPA (Packaged)

Regular / Brown Porter
Genuine Stout (Packaged)


 

West End Brewery

Trophies: 0  Gold: 0  Silver: 2  Bronze: 2  Total: 4

Silver-awarded Southwark Old Stout, made in the West End Brewery. Photo taken at East End Cellars

Silver

Australian-style Pale Ale
James Squire, The Swindler Tropical Pale Ale (Packaged)

Imperial Stout
Southwark Old Stout (Packaged)

Bronze

Australian-style Lager
Swan Draught (Packaged)
West End Draught (Packaged)


 

Barossa Valley Brewing

Trophies: 0  Gold: 0  Silver: 2  Bronze: 1  Total: 3

The canned version of Barossa Valley Brewing’s bronze-awarded Canis Major IPA. Photo taken at Sturt Street Cellars

Silver

New-world-style Pale Ale
Hop Heaven IPA (Draught)

Other Specialty Beer
Hop Haze Wet Hop NEIPA (Packaged)

Bronze

Imperial / Double IPA
Canis Major IPA (Draught)


 

Rehn Bier

Trophies: 0  Gold: 1  Silver: 0  Bronze: 2  Total: 3

Rehn Bier’s bronze-awarded Extra Special Bitter. Photo taken at Sturt Street Cellars

Gold

Other Stout
Extra Stout (Packaged)

Bronze

British-style Ale: Special / ESB / Best Bitter
XSB (Packaged)

Other Specialty Beer
Wet Hop Harvest Ale (Packaged)


 

Brewboys Brewery

Trophies: 0  Gold: 0  Silver: 1  Bronze: 1  Total: 2

Brewboys Brewery’s silver-awarded Ace of Spaces and Seeing double. Photo taken at Goodwood Cellars.

Silver

Other Stout
Ace of Spades (Packaged)

Bronze

Scotch Ale
Seeing Double (Packaged)


 

Campus Brewery

Trophies: 0  Gold: 1  Silver: 0  Bronze: 1  Total: 2

TAFE SA Campus Brewery’s gold-awarded Pink Pig. Image: Juan Photography

Gold

Specialty Beer: Smoked
Pink Pig (Packaged)

Bronze

Other IPA
Survivor (Packaged)


 

Clare Valley Brewing Co

Trophies: 0  Gold: 0  Silver: 2  Bronze: 0  Total: 2

Clare Valley Brewing Company’s silver-awarded Hazy Mosaic. Photo taken at East End Cellars

Silver

Other IPA
Hazy Mosaic (Packaged)

Other Stout
Extra Stout (Packaged)


 

Lobethal Bierhaus

Trophies: 0  Gold: 0  Silver: 1  Bronze: 1  Total: 2

Lobethal Bierhaus’ silver-awarded Red Truck Porter. Photo taken at East End Cellars

Silver

Regular / Brown Porter
Red Truck Porter (Packaged)

Bronze

Sweet Stout
Chocolate Oatmeal Stout (Packaged)


 

Vale Brewing

Trophies: 0  Gold: 1  Silver: 0  Bronze: 1  Total: 2

Vale Brewing’s gold-awarded Tropic Ale. Photo: supplied

Gold

Australian-style Pale Ale
Tropic Ale (Packaged)

Bronze

Other IPA
IPA (Packaged)


 

Hobo Brewing

Trophies: 0  Gold: 0  Silver: 0  Bronze: 1  Total: 1

Hobo Brewing’s bronze-awarded APA. Image: supplied

Bronze

New-world-style Pale Ale
APA (Packaged)


 

Left Barrel Brewing

Trophies: 0  Gold: 0  Silver: 1  Bronze: 0  Total: 1

Left Barrel’s Cerberus Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine. Label artwork by Alphamanta

Silver

Labels / Surface Graphic
Duckhunter Pale Ale, Cerberus Barley Wine, Sauer Puss Berliner Weisse (Entered as a set)


 

Little Bang Brewing Company

Trophies: 0  Gold: 0  Silver: 0  Bronze: 1  Total: 1

Little Bang’s bronze-awarded Galactopus. Image: supplied

Bronze

Barley / Wheat Wine
Galactopus (Packaged)


 

Silver Bark Brewery

Trophies: 0  Gold: 0  Silver: 0  Bronze: 1  Total: 1

The full Silver Bark Brewery range, including the bronze-awarded Stout (far right). Image: Supplied

Bronze

Dry Stout
Stout (Packaged)


 

Sweet Amber Brewing Co

Trophies: 0  Gold: 0  Silver: 0  Bronze: 1  Total: 1

Sweet Amber’s bronze-awarded O-Bahn Kölsch will be on pour soon at the brewery’s Harbour Town pub (officially opens Thursday, 5 June)

Bronze

Kolsch
O-Bahn Kölsch (Draught)


 

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