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Pirate Life leads at the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider awards

Beer and Cider winnersAustralia’s top craft beer and cider makers were recognised at the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider awards at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park.

Out of the 225 entries, Ab InBev’s Pirate Life’s Mosaic IPA bagged the Champion Packaged Beer. While Lord Nelson Brewery’s Nelspresso Brown Ale received the Champion Draught Beer award.

“It is a very strong growth industry within Australia and I think the influence of established brewers such as ourselves who are 100 per cent natural and obviously using Australian malted barley and supporting the country’s needs augurs well for the industry in this country,” managing director of Sydney’s Lord Nelson Brewery Blair Hayden said.

The Sydney body also recognised Hoped Brewhouse’s Barrel Aged Extra Stout with the Champion Experimental or Specialty Beer; Australian Brewery Seis Hermanos received the Best NSW Beer and Flying Brick Cider Co Cider Original was chosen as the winner of the Champion Cider.

“The quality of the beers we are getting through is just incredible, to the point that if brewers don’t reach a certain marking standard, judges become a little annoyed that you have made them drink that beer. The quality of ciders was also exemplary this year,” chair of the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Awards Neal Cameron said.

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