Brewer has another award to Nail to the wall

The brewery picked up gold medals for the seventh consecutive year at the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) for its Beazle Brew and Nail Stout.

On his return from the awards in Melbourne last week, Mr Stallwood said he was thrilled with the recognition after being forced to work hard and make it through some tough times.

He suffered a serious head injury when he was assaulted in 2004.

During his two-year recovery period, he entered into some financial difficulty and lost the brewing equipment he had used to set up Nail Brewery in 2000.

Mr Stallwood initially got |back into the business as a �gypsy brewer� and began operating on |his own again in 2013.

Nail Ale won gold at the AIBA in 2009, 2010 and 2011 with its Nail Ale, and in 2012 and 2013 with its Clout Stour, while the Hughe Dunn Imperial Brown Ale got the prize last year.

Mr Stallwood said while he was learning the art of brewing, he dreamt of winning an AIBA gold medal.

�Back in 1998, I was studying at the University of Ballarat and got the opportunity to steward at the AIBA; from that day on I have dreamed of winning gold at AIBA,� he said.

�Fortunately winning awards is a strength of mine; pity I wasn�t so good at accounting.

�People ask why does Nail have success in awards and I think it is because I have worked very hard for a long time and, with a lot of hard work, anyone can achieve their goals.�