The Beer & Brewer Awards were presented for another year with the best of the Australian, New Zealand and International beer industry lauded at an awards presentation dinner at the Sebel Hotel in Surry Hills last night.

Celebrating everything from beers to brewers, beertenders to venues and online retailers to good old fashioned off-premise stores, the awards are a highlight on the beer industry calendar every year.

This year the major awards were even more hotly contested this year with Shawn Sherlock of Murray’s Craft Brewing Co taking out the title of Brewer of the Year.

Fresh from a win at the Australian International Beer Awards, Will Irving, of Feral Brewing Co, took home Young Brewer of the Year.

In the other major awards, the Best Australian Beer of 2012 went to the much-loved Hop Hog by Feral Brewing Co and Best Beer Venue was snagged the very deserving Wheatsheaf Hotel (SA).

In the People’s Choice category, the Australian Hotel came out on top, winning both the Best Beer Venue and the Best Beer (Australia) categories. Best Beer (Imported) went to Murphy’s Irish Stout.

It was a great night, and with something like the equivalent of nine litres of beer per person donated by sponsors – including the never before drunk revamped Sail & Anchor range – a very good time was had by all the attendees, winners and sponsors.

A big thank you to everyone who made it possible and congratulations again to all the winners.

For more images of the night’s celebrations see our Facebook page.

See below for the full list of winners.


Brewer of the Year

Shawn Sherlock (Murray’s Craft Brewing Co, NSW)

Young Brewer of the Year

Will Irving (Feral Brewing Co, WA)

Brewer of the Year (NZ)

Luke Nicholas (Epic Brewing)

Beertender of the Year

Ross Terlick (Cowaramup Brewing Co, WA)

Best Beer (Australia)

Feral Hop Hog (WA)

Best Beer (Imported)

Rogue Brutal IPA (USA)

Best Beer (NZ)

Epic Armageddon IPA

Best Cider (Australia)

Matilda Bay Dirty Granny (Vic)

Best Cider (Imported)

Thatchers Green Goblin (UK)

Best Cider (NZ)

McCashin’s Rochdale Traditional Cider

Best Beer Venue (Australia)

The Wheatsheaf Hotel (SA)

Best Beer List

Beer DeLuxe (Vic)

Best Specialty Beer Venue

Sail & Anchor Hotel (WA)

Best Microbrewery / Cellar Door

Mountain Goat Brewery (Vic)

Best Restaurant / Café

Redoak Boutique Beer Café (NSW)

Best Brew Bar / Pub

Little Creatures Brewing (WA)

Best Small Bar / Pub (<150 patrons)

Albion Alehouse (NSW)

Best Large Bar / Pub (>150 patrons)

The Wheatsheaf Hotel (SA)

Best Bottleshop (<300 beers)

Beer Cartel (NSW)

Best Bottleshop (>300 beers)

Plonk Beer Store (ACT)

Best Beer Event

Bitter & Twisted International Boutique Beer Festival (NSW)

Best Online Retailer

Dan Murphy’s,

Best eNewsletter

Oak Barrel (NSW),

Best Web Site

The Local Taphouse (Vic, NSW),

Best Homebrew Shop

The Brew Shop (NSW)

Best Homebrew Can Kit

Black Rock East India Pale Ale

Best Beer Ad

Malt Shovel (NSW) Mad Brewers Hoppy Hefe & Ginger Chops Ale

Best Beer Promotion

The Perfect Lager Project, Arvo Beer (NSW)


Best Beer (Australia)

The Australian Brewery (NSW) AB Pale Lager

Best Beer (Imported)

Murphy’s (Ireland) Irish Stout

Best Beer Venue (Australia)

The Australian Brewery (NSW)

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