Gold Coast brewer Balter has come out on top in a survey of over 23,000 craft beer drinkers
For the second year running Balter has been named Australia’s best craft brewery in Beer Cartel’s 2019 Australian Craft Beer Survey.
Stirling Howland, co-founder and brand director of Balter Brewing Company said it is an incredible result for the brewery which is just three years old.
“When we started Balter, it was always about the beer and connecting to our community through our work. We’ve been blown away by how well our beer and brand has been received and these types of people’s choice awards are a real affirmation that we’re on the right track” he said.
Richard Kelsey, director of Beer Cartel said it’s the first time a brewery has taken out the title of Australia’s best brewery more than once.
“With an estimated 600 breweries now operating in Australia, it really does show the quality of Balter,” Kelsey said.
The study also found that a preference for cans has overtaken bottles for the first time, growing by 8 percentage points to 38 per cent, while preference for bottles has decreased significantly to 27 per cent.
Core range beers still account for the majority of purchases, with a large proportion of those surveyed (76 per cent) believing that support of a breweries core range is important for its survival.