Aussie brewery is IBC champion

An Australian barley wine has been named Supreme Champion of the 2013 International Beer Challenge.

Redoak Special Reserve, brewed in Sydney, was named Best Speciality Beer and the best beer of the competition.

Redoak was one of two Australian brewers to be honoured at the awards ceremony, which took place at London’s Dartmouth House on Monday (Sept 9) – the other was Hawthorn Brewing Company of Melbourne.

Beers from the UK, Chile, Russia and the US also won trophies, while Sharp’s Brewery in Cornwall and Septem Microbrewery in Greece were commended for their excellent design and packaging.

Chairman of the judges Jeff Evans said: “Our judges are very demanding and the threshold for winning medals is set rigorously high.”

Judges tasted the 38 beers from 13 different countries awarded gold medals in the IBC again to award trophies, and then tasted all the trophy winners again to pick a supreme champion. 

Paul Foulkes-Arellano of design consultant Seymour Powell presented the design and packaging awards.

He said: “When I judged these awards before there was a mismatch between the care that went into what was inside the bottle and the bottle itself.

“That is in the past. Now brand presentation is really beginning to match the quality inside.”

See below for the full list of trophy winners:

IBC trophies

Supreme Champion Beer: Redoak Special Reserve (Australia)

Best Low or No Alcohol Beer: Kross 2.4 (Chile)

Best Ale up to 5% abv: Salopian Oracle (UK)

Best Ale over 5% abv: Hawthorn Brewing Company IPA (Australia)

Best Stout or Porter: Harveys Imperial Extra Double Stout (UK)

Best Lager up to 5% abv: Baltika Yarpivo Two Hops (Russia)

Best Lager over 5% abv: Samuel Adams Double Bock (USA)

Best Wheat Beer: Baltika No.8 Wheat (Russia)

Best Speciality Beer: Redoak Special Reserve (Australia)

Design & packaging trophies

Supreme Champion: Sharp’s Connoisseurs Choice (UK)

Best Established Design: Sharp’s Quadruple Ale (UK)

Best New Design: Septem ACE (Greece)

Best Range: Sharp’s Connoisseurs Choice (UK)