Northbridge and Whitfords Brewing Companies take out Champion Australian Beer award

Whitfords Brewing Co master brewer Ken Arrowsmith. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Whitfords Brewing Co master brewer Ken Arrowsmith. Picture: Martin Kennealey

THE Northbridge Brewing Company and Whitfords Brewing Co – operated by the company Beerland – have taken four gold medals at this year’s Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne.

As well as winning the Champion Australian Beer for its Beerland Wheat, the company also won gold medals for its Beerland Lager, Beerland IPA and its Alte Schule Kellerbier.

There were 2178 beers from 359 breweries entered in this year’s awards.

Beerland’s head brewer Ken Arrowsmith collected the prizes in Melbourne.

“This is very much a team effort and it is testament to the efforts of Andrew Dean and Tom Fleay have put in to ensure the quality of our beer,” MrArrowsmith said.

“For Beerland Brewing to be recognised as one of the best in our industry with such a prestigious award is both extremely humbling and delightfully surprising.

“Our talented team has been working very hard to craft a unique core range of Beerland beer at our breweries.

“Australia’s craft beer culture has become extremely sophisticated since we opened our doors in Northbridge four years ago.

“We are excited that our range lives up to these expectations and we’re now able to get creative with our small batch seasonal brews and uncover some amazing gems in the process.”

Another WA brewery, Nail, won Champion Beer in the reduced alcohol class for its 3.4 per cent MVP.

Other WA breweries to collect gold medals at the AIBA gala were:

Boston Brewing Co – Boondie Rye Pale Ale (American style pale ale)

Eagle Bay Brewing Co. – Draught (American style pale ale)

Beerfarm – India Pale Ale (American style India pale ale)

Feral – Biggie Juice (Other IPA)

Feral – I Am Froot (Fruit beer)

Feral – Barn Farm (Other specialty beer)

Riverside Brewhouse – Tomahawk Weizenbock (Other wheat beer)

Riverside Brewhouse – Skyline Black Ale (other specialty beer)

Cape Bouvard (Thorny Devil) – Thorny Devil Blonde Ale (Kolsch)

Brewhouse Margaret River – Kuttback Kolsch (Kolsch)