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Smiling Samoyed Brewery has won the Best Beer in Show trophy at the Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Awards for the second consecutive year.

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As well as winning Best Beer in Show a second time, Smiling Samoyed – a boutique brewery based at Myponga – also received the top award for the Champion South Australian Beer and Dark Ale classes.

The Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Awards were announced on the opening night of the Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival held on the weekend at the Royal Adelaide Showground.

Chief beer judge Simon Fahey said the awards, which are run by the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia, give recognition to Australia’s burgeoning $7 billion beer and cider industry.

“This year’s awards attracted 196 entries from 42 brewers of all sizes and from four states of Australia, with all entries judged blind by an expert industry panel,” Fahey said.

New to the awards were local brewers Pirate Life Brewing, which made a big impression on the judges, winning the Champion India Pale Ale and Champion American Style Pale Ale, as well as the Chief Judges Award for Best New Exhibit (Pirate Life IPA) and the Champion Large Brewery trophy.

Coopers, the nation’s largest Australian-owned brewery, won the Champion Australian Style Lager, Champion Traditional Australian Style Pale Ale and Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer trophies.

Other winners included McLaren Vale’s Goodieson Brewery (Champion Wheat Beer, Champion Porter and Champion Small Brewery), West End (Champion Stout Beer for its Southwark Old Stout), Woolshed Brewery’s Judas the Dark (Champion Hybrid Beer), Prancing Pony Brewery (Champion Pilsner) and Vale Brewing’s Vale Amber (Champion Other Lager). New South Wales’s Modus Operandi Brewing was the only non-South Australian brewery to win a trophy (Champion Medium Brewery).

In the cider section, The Hills Cider Company Apple Solera Series won two trophies – Best South Australian Cider Exhibit and Best in Show, while the Barossa Valley Cider Company won the Best Perry (pear cider) trophy for its Squashed Pear Cider.

Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards winners:

Champion Australian Style Lager
Coopers Brewery Ltd Premium Lager

Champion Pilsener
Prancing Pony Brewery Pty Ltd Achtung Helles

Champion India Pale Ale
Pirate Life Brewing IPA

Champion Traditional Australian Style Pale Ale
Coopers Brewery Ltd Sparkling Ale

Other Ale
Smiling Samoyed Brewery Dark Ale

Champion Wheat Beer
Goodieson Brewery Wheat Beer

Best Perry
Barossa Valley Cider Company Squashed Pear Cider

Champion American Style Pale Ale
Pirate Life Brewing Pale Ale

Champion Stout Beer
West End Brewery Southwark Old Stout

Champion Porter Beer
Goodieson Brewery Brown Ale

Champion Hybrid Beer
Woolshed Brewery Judas the Dark

Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer
Coopers Brewery Ltd Premium Light

Champion Other Lager
Vale Brewing Vale Amber

Best Cider in Show
Hills Cider Company Apple Solera Series

Best New Exhibit
Pirate Life Brewing IPA

Champion Small Brewery
Goodieson Brewery

Champion Medium Brewery
Modus Operandi Brewing

Champion Large Brewery
Pirate Life Brewing

Best South Australian Cider Exhibit
Hills Cider Company Apple Solera Series

Champion South Australian Beer Exhibit
Smiling Samoyed Brewery Dark Ale

Most Outstanding Beer in Show
Smiling Samoyed Brewery Dark Ale

 

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