With it easily being the most challenging year the industry has experienced the 2020 Beer & Brewer Awards have similarly been the hardest we’ve had to name yet.
The outpouring of amazing beer, cider and retailing this year, coupled with an ever-maturing industry, has seen such a wealth of talent on display that it was often difficult to separate one from the many.
But our expert panel has delivered what we think is a fair representation of outstanding achievement and which highlights the talent the Australian beer and brewing landscape boasts. And the three People’s Choice Awards, voted on by the general public, celebrate the more nuanced categories of Best Beer, Best Packaging and Best Name which we have whittled down from the multitude of entries to name the overall winners.
These awards feature in the Summer 2020/21 edition of Beer & Brewer. Head here to discover all of our great subscription offers.
The 2020 Beer & Brewer Awards winners
Lifetime Achievement Award – Pete Meddings, Bintani . Read the full story here.
Best New Brewery – Mountain Culture Beer Co. Read the full story here.
Best Brewer – Justin Corbitt, Deeds Brewing. Read the full story here.
Best Cider Maker – James Kendell, Small Acres Cyder. Read the full story here.
Best Retailer: Bottleshop – Carwyn Cellars. Read the full story here.
Best Retailer : Online – Beer Cartel. Read the full story here.
Best Brewery Experience – Moon Dog World Preston. Read the full story here.
Best Home Brew Shop – Grain and Grape. Read the full story here.
The People’s Choice Awards (voted on by the public via an online poll)
Best Beer Packaging – No Coast, Green Beacon. Read the full story here.
Best Beer Name – Zero Mississippi, Mountain Culture. Read the full story here.
Best Beer Release – Amongst the Bines, Wildflower. Read the full story here.
Our judging panel
Tiffany Waldron – President, Pink Boots Society Australia
Pete Philip – Chair, IBA & Founder, Wayward Brewing
Aaron Heary – Chief Operating Officer, Gage Roads
Craig Williams – Event Director, GABS
Luke Robertson – Ale of a Time
Jake Brandish – Editor, HomeBrewer
Justin Fox – Head of Sales, Bintani
Tina Panoutsos – Beer Knowledge & Education, CUB
Tim Charody – The Beer Pilgrim
Simon Collins – Journalist, The West Australian
Michael Capaldo – National Sale Manager, Hop Products Australia
Richard Adamson – Co-founder, Young Henrys
Corey Crooks – Owner, The Grain Store Newcastle
Alli Macdonald – former President, Pink Boots Society Australia
Mick Bain – Publican, The Royal Albert Sydney
Dave Macgill – Former head brewer/general manager, Moo Brew
James Grugeon – Founder, The Good Beer Co
Kirrily Waldhorn – Founder, The Beer Diva