By Max Weber.

A slew of Australian beers took home gongs at the 2013 edition of the International Beer Challenge; the seventeenth year the prestigious competition has run.

Despite going up against entries from 30 different countries, Australian beers excelled to take home seven of the 38 Gold medals, with Manly’s 4 Pines and Melbourne’s Hawthorn Brewing winning plaudits for their Pale Ale and IPA respectively. Sydney’s Redoak Brewery, meanwhile, secured Gold for three separate ales – their Bitter, St Nicholas and Old Ale varieties – as well as for their Special Reserve in the Specialty category and the Weizen Doppel Bock in the Wheat Beers category.

Redoak also managed five Silver medals and two Bronzes across six of the seven contested categories; lLgers, Fruit Beers and Stouts as well as Wheat, Specialty and Ale, for a total of 13 medals.

In the Design & Package competition, Australian packaging designer Matt Burns – and the designer of Beer & Brewer’s new book – won a Bronze medal for his work on Scotland’s Fyne Ales’ Sublime Stout bottle.

On the other side of the ditch, McCashin’s Stoke range took home two Golds – for their Stoke Bomber Oatmeal Stout and Stoke Bomber Smoky Ale – as well as two Silvers and four Bronze medals in the Ale and Lager categories, and a Silver medal for packaging.

The IBC, which is judged by a panel of British and European publicans, brewers and retailers, awarded 89 silver medals and 155 bronze in addition to 38 gold.

Local Medal Winners

Ales

4 Pines Pale Ale – Gold

Hawthorn Brewing India Pale Ale – Gold

Redoak St Nicholas – Gold

Redoak Bitter – Gold

Redoak Old Ale – Gold

McCashin’s Stoke Bomber KPA – Silver

McCashin’s Stoke Dark – Silver

Redoak IPA – Silver

Redoak Saison – Silver

McCashin’s Stoke Amber – Bronze

Specialty

McCashin’s Stoke Bomber Smoky Ale – Gold

Redoak Special Reserve – Gold

Redoak Chateau Sour – Silver

Wheat Beers

Redoak Weizen Doppel Bock – Gold

Redoak All Day Breakfast – Silver

Lagers

Redoak Doppel Schwartz – Silver

McCashin’s Stoke Bomber Biscuit Lager – Bronze

McCashin’s Stoke Lager – Bronze

McCashin’s Stoke Pilsner – Bronze

Fruit Beers

Redoak Blackberry Wheat Beer – Bronze

Redoak Framboise Lambic – Bronze

Stouts and Porters

McCashin’s Stoke Bomber Oatmeal Stout – Gold

Redoak Baltic Porter – Bronze

Design and Package – Established

Fyne Sublime Stout (Matt Burns) – Bronze

Design and Package – New

McCashins Stoke Pilsner – Silver

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