Indian Ocean Brewing Company scores awards at Australian International Beer Awards


Head brewer Jack Purser and brew assistant Brody Watts. Picture: Martin Kennealey d454668
Head brewer Jack Purser and brew assistant Brody Watts. Picture: Martin Kennealey d454668

MINDARIE Marina’s craft brewery, the Indian Ocean Brewing Company, has again taken out a string of awards at the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA).

Held in Melbourne this month , this year’s awards saw the Indi’s head brewer Jack Purser and his brew assistant Brody Watts take out silver medals for their Indi Export Lager, Indi Hoppy Kolsch and Indi American Pale Ale.

They also won bronze medals for both the Indi Street Beer and their seasonal drop, Ethereal Saison.

“We exceeded our own expectations,” Mr Purser said.

“We went there hoping to get a few bronzes but we’re stoked to have received awards for all of the beers we entered.

“It’s a really good foundation that Brody and I can build upon.”

Since joining forces about six months ago, the pair has made a name for themselves within the craft beer industry with accolades from Indi locals and beer pundits alike coming in across social media forums.

Their passion for the amber ale is evident and brewing unique and full flavoured beer is something they do best.

“Coming into the cooler months people are looking for a more full-bodied beer so we’ve crafted an Australian dark ale called ‘De-Husker Du’ which translates to ‘do you remember?’,” Mr Purser said.

“De-husked malt is a prominent ingredient in this beer; think chocolate, coffee and fruity hops and, at 7 per cent that’s one solid drop.

“Here at the Indi we have the freedom to experiment, so in the coming weeks and months we intend to do just that; we’ll be aging batches of this brew in old red wine barrels.”

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the AIBA is the biggest annual competition of its kind, judging both draught and packaged beer.

It is open to brewers and breweries of all sizes, from small and medium volume, to large-scale commercial production.

In total 30 champion and major trophies were awarded with a mix of Australian and international brewers collecting awards.