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Australian International Beer Awards

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) is the largest annual competition of its kind in the world judging both draught and packaged beer.

Renowned for showcasing the highest quality beer and for celebrating brewing excellence in Australia and around the world, AIBA is open for entry to brewers and breweries of all sizes, from small and medium volume to large scale commercial production.

Federation University Australia is a major sponsor of the 2015 AIBA.

2015 AIBA Presentation Dinner

 The winners of Champion Australian Beer and Champion International Beer have been named at the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) Presentation Dinner last night, with Mountain Goat Beer from Victoria awarded for its Barley Wine – Barrel Beer, part of their Rare Breed range, and Lion Beer Spirits Wine, New Zealand for its Speight’s 5 Malt Old Dark.

The 2015 AIBA, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, attracted a record number of entries with more than 1,700 submissions from 344 exhibitors, across 35 countries received. The wide variety of beer styles were assessed by an expert industry panel of 58 judges from around the world, over three days at Melbourne Showgrounds. There were 28 Champion and Major Trophies awarded.

This year’s Champion Large, Medium and Small Australian Brewery Trophies were awarded to 4 Pines Brewing Company, Thunder Road Brewing Company (for the second consecutive year) and Boatrocker Brewing Company, respectively.

Internationally, Champion Large, Medium and Small Brewery Trophies were awarded to Brouweris De Halve Maan from Belgium, Pelican Pub & Brewery from USA and ParrotDog Brewing from New Zealand, respectively.

Head Judge Warren Pawsey, who oversaw the largest panel of assessors ever assembled for the awards, was overwhelmed with the quality of entrants in 2015, which has improved year-on-year.

“We have been extremely impressed by the high quality product coming through, and 2015’s pool of entrants has not disappointed.”

2015 AIBA Collaboration Beer - Girt by 3

The unique and highly-anticipated Collaboration Beer has become a highlight of the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA).

This year’s brew, ‘Girt By Three’, will be a celebration of Australia’s rich brewing history as the name implies, along with a nod to the future direction of the industry. The collaboration between 2014 Champions CUB (Large), Thunder Road Brewing (Medium) and 3 Ravens (Small), demonstrates a sharing of experience and innovation across three diverse stars of Australian beer.

An Australian Strong Ale, Girt by Three combines the old world of English yeast and malt with the modern Australian aroma hops for a fresh, new taste.

2015 AIBA Beer Judge Training

What does it take to be a beer judge? See the 2015 AIBA judges, the largest panel ever assembled, put through their paces in preparation for tasting a record number of entries. Beer judging is serious business.