Feral Brewing takes out top honours at the 2019 Perth Royal Beer Awards

July 1, 2019
By Alana House

Feral Brewing Company has taken out four trophies at the 2019 Perth Royal Beer Awards, including Champion Large Craft Brewery.

The Royal Agriculture Society of WA (RASWA) declared Feral Brewing the most awarded brewery of the year. The brewery received a total of 4 Champion trophies, 7 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze medals.

Jayne Lewis, Chief Judge of the Perth Royal Beer Awards, noted: “Feral deserve a particular mention for practically hoovering up medals in 2019. As well as winning Champion Large Brewery, they also won Best Dark Ale (Draught); Best Reduced Alcohol (Draught); Best Wheat Beer and a whole host of medals. To have that kind of consistency and quality across such a wide range is incredible”.

The competition – established by the RASWA – is part of the Perth Royal Food Awards program, celebrating the best producers nationwide.

Almost 700 entries from across Australia were blind tasted by judges from across the brewing industry.

Brendan Varis, Founder of Feral Brewing Company, said he was extremely proud of the entire Feral team and what has been achieved over the past 12 months.

“To collect 4 best in class trophies at The Perth Royal Beer Awards is nothing short of amazing when you consider the world class beers being produced by Australian brewers today,” he noted. “These trophies and the 7 gold, 8 silver and 4 bronze medals we were awarded are a great acknowledgement of the effort and commitment to quality our brewers consistently apply to their craft.”

The best of the rest

In total, nearly 700 entries across 77 separate classes were blind tasted by judges from across the brewing industry.

Jayne Lewis, Two Birds Brewing, chief judge Perth Royal Beer Awards

Led by Chief Judge, Jayne Lewis – co-owner and brewer at Two Birds Brewing in Melbourne – the panel of experts were tasked with scrutinising of each medal hopeful according to appearance, aroma, flavour, technical quality and style.

The Champion Beer award went to a Victorian brewer – 3 Ravens for its New World IPA – while WA’s Innate Brewers was awarded Champion Small Brewery.

“Around three-quarters of our judges scored 3 Raven’s New World IPA as the overall champion beer. It is an excellent example of its style and huge kudos goes to their brewing team and head brewer Brendan O’Sullivan – a WA native – for their work,” Lewis said.

The full list of commercial beer winners:

BEST LAGER PACKAGED
Lion – Emu Export Lager

BEST LAGER DRAUGHT
Gage Roads Brewing Co – Alby Draught

BEST PALE ALE PACKAGED
3 Ravens Brewery – New World IPA

BEST DARK ALE PACKAGED
Indian Ocean Brewing Co – Oaklore

BEST PALE ALE DRAUGHT
Gage Roads Brewing Co – V.H.A

BEST DARK ALE DRAUGHT
Feral Brewing Company – Smoked Porter

BEST STOUT/PORTER PACKAGED
3 Ravens Brewery – Barrel Aged Imperial Milk Stout

BEST STOUT/PORTER DRAUGHT
Margaret River Brewhouse – Panther Cream

BEST REDUCED ALCOHOL DRAUGHT
Feral Brewing Company – Runt

BEST WHEAT BEER/BELGIAN PACKAGED
Feral Brewing Company – Watermelon Warhead

BEST WHEAT BEER/BELGIAN DRAUGHT
Artisan Brewing – Quad 17

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