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Australian liquor industry awards salute beer cider

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By Amy Looker (The Shout) & Stefanie Collins
The country’s leading liquor brands, venues, retailers and bar teams were honoured last night at the 20th Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA), co-hosted by NILWA and Intrust Super.Members from both the on and off-premise sectors from around the country came together under the Big Top at Luna Park Sydney to celebrate the liquor industry’s night of nights at the Sport-themed event, which kicked off with pre-drinks sponsored by Carlton Dry and an awesome motocross display by Red Bull. The night was topped off with after-party drinks sponsored by Patron Tequila and Rocks Brewing Co.

With Larry Emdur taking to the stage for the sixth time to emcee the evening, 50 awards were presented across the on and off-premise, including nine specialist beer and cider awards.

The stand-out performer of the night was again Coopers who snagged Best Full Strength for Coopers Pale Ale, Best Marketed Beer or Cider Brand, and the, much coveted major trophy, Liquor Brand of the Year.

James Squire also cleaned up on the night with One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale nabbing both the Premium Domestic and the Craft Beer category awards.

Stone & Wood also had a moment on the podium, beating Feral Hop Hog to the Best Tap Beer award in the on-premise section of the evening.

BEER AND CIDER AWARDS

Full Strength – Coopers Pale Ale

Light and Mid-Strength – XXXX Gold

Low-Carbohydrate – Hahn Super Dry

Premium Domestic – James Squire One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale

Premium International – Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Craft – James Squire One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale

Cider – Rekorderlig

Best Marketed Beer or Cider – Coopers

HOTEL, BAR AND CLUB AWARDS

Best Tap Beer – Stone & Wood Pacific Ale

MAJOR OFF-PREMISE AWARDS

Liquor Brand of the Year – Coopers

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