The New Year is upon us and what better way to ring in 2020 than with the 2020 Beer & Brewer Awards.

Returning in its third iteration since we relaunched the Awards in 2017, in our 2018/19 Summer issue of Beer & Brewer sees us celebrating 14 fantastic people and places from the Australian craft beer scene.

The number of breweries and cideries across the country has only continued to grow, with Australia boasting an even higher number of breweries per capita than the USA these days.

The quality, innovation and consistency has also been constantly getting better, with ambitions flaring and standards soaring. The landscape is becoming perhaps congested and the business of brewing is getting more serious, but the people out there doing fantastic things within this industry is quite simply astounding.

And at Beer & Brewer, we are proud to support and celebrate this fantastic industry with the Beer & Brewer Awards.

Like last year, we’ve chosen people and places who do so much and work so tirelessly to create fantastic beers and ensure that we can get our hands on them, whether at home or at some of the country’s leading venues.

We’ve enlisted the help of 24 expert panellists from all over Australia to lend us their thoughts and select their favourites from the industry in each of our 13 categories.

Those placed highest on each panellist’s list have scored higher than those placed lower down. The scores were then tallied and our winners were received.

In today’s newsletter we have decided to give you a sneak peek at four of the major award categories, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Brewer, Best New Brewery and the inaugural Best Cider Maker.

The remaining categories include: Best Brewpub, Best Beer Venue, Best Regional Beer Venue, Best Homebrew Shop, Best Online Retailer, and Best Brewery Experience.

But that’s not all. Beer isn’t just for the experts, and we wanted you, our readers, to continue to have your say. The People’s Choice awards returned once again in three categories – Best Beer Name, Best New Beer for 2018, and Best Beer Packaging – but you’ll need to check out the full issue of the magazine to discover who came out on top!

From all of us here at Beer & Brewer, we’d like to extend our congratulations to the deserving winners for 2018/19 – thanks to you guys, the standard of beer and brewing in this country continues to rise.

The winners can all be viewed in the Summer Issue of Beer & Brewer. To subscribe, click here.

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