Awards & Achievements: Aiba

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Awards & Achievements
Stone & Wood Win Big At The Australian International Beer Awards

Stone & Wood's Hinterland Big Pale won Champion Australian Beer at the 2024 Australian International Beer Awards on a night when Brick Lane, KAIJU!, King Road and Dollar Bill picked up the Champion Australian Brewery titles.

Changing The Face Of Beer Judging

Beer judging is a highlight for many but there are always fewer spots available than people wanting to judge. As the Australian International Beer Awards approach, we spoke to those helping change the face of beer judging locally.

Brewing Up Brilliance

Four very different breweries have brewed a champions collab for the Australian International Beer Awards. Ahead of the awards night, we joined them at Mountain Goat to find out how the beer was designed and why collaboration matters.

Marking Ten Years Of The Best Beer Media

The Beer Media trophy at the Australian International Beer Awards will be presented for a tenth time in May. Here, the current holder of the title looks back and forward with the winners from the past decade.

The Writer Behind The Beer Drinker's Toolkit

Mick Wüst is one of the most recognisable names on The Crafty Pint; now the award-winning writer is launching his first book. Here he tells us about the Beer Drinker's Toolkit and his longstanding love for the written word.

Dollar Bill Triumph At The Australian International Beer Awards Again

Tiny Ballarat operation Dollar Bill, who specialise in barrel-aged and wild ales, have claimed Champion Australian Beer at the Australian International Beer Awards just two years on from their first triumph.

The Australian International Beer Awards At 30 – Part II

In part two of our mini-series marking 30 years of the Australian International Beer Awards, we invite some of those with long and significant involvement to share their memories and photos, and trace just how much it's changed.

The Australian International Beer Awards at 30

The country's biggest beer competition, the Australian International Beer Awards, takes place for the 30th time this May. Here, we take a stroll down Memory Lane with some of the key figures from the past three decades.

Clare Burnett's Award-Winning Journey

Clare Burnett spent years covering the beer industry for Brews News so her name and voice will be familiar to many. As entries open for the 2023 AIBAs, she tells us about her journey from the UK to winning last year's Best Media trophy.

The Story Of: Moff's Summer Ale

How does a session IPA designed for easy beach drinking beat out both session beers and bigger IPAs for beer awards? None of us, including the brewer, seem to quite know the answer. But read about the beer that does it in The Story Of Moff's Summer Ale.

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Australian International Beer Awards 2022 – The Winners

There was plenty of home state glory at the 2022 AIBAs as Hawkers, Stomping Ground and Dollar Bill took out three of the four Champion Australian Brewery titles. Moffat Beach completed the set, with a pastry sour winning Champion Beer.

James Atkinson's Ever-Evolving Drinks Adventures

James Atkinson has spent years covering the drinks industry for various publications and his Drinks Adventures podcast has seen him pick up multiple awards, including the Best Media trophy at last year's AIBA. Ahead of this year's awards, we caught up with the drinks writer to hear what the award means and where his focus lies.

Australian International Beer Awards Winners 2021

Dollar Bill proved hugely popular winners when they took out Champion Australian Beer at the 2021 Australian International Beer Awards as the beer industry gathered en masse again after missing out in 2020.

Quantum Physicist, Champion Beer Writer, Brewer

The country's biggest beer competition might have skipped a year due to COVID but the Australian International Beer Awards are back. With entries open, we caught up with the last winner of the Best Media Trophy, Marie Claire Jarratt.

AIBA 2020 ISO Edition Winners

With this year's awards proper postponed, the Australian International Beer Awards went online for a special ISO Brewer's Choice Edition. The industry was invited to vote in a new set of categories, with CUB's brands cleaning up.

Australian International Beer Awards Winners 2019

Familiar faces were among the big winners at the 2019 Australian International Beer Awards, with Balter, Green Beacon and 4 Pines adding to their swollen trophy cabinets and Blackman's claiming a big one too.

What's Wrong With Wheat Beer?

Australia's beer judges seem to love them, they're great with an array of cuisines and they have a fascinating history. Yet traditional European wheat beer styles remain unloved. Will Ziebell speaks to brewers, retailers and consumers to find out why.

Ken Arrowsmith: From Emu Tinnies to AIBA Trophies

One of the biggest stories to emerge from Australia's biggest beer competition was the success for Beerland Brewing, which operates two brewpubs in Perth. Its head brewer is a man with 40 years experience and his face on cans of Emu Bitter.

Australian International Beer Awards Winners 2018

It was an eclectic collection of winners at the 2018 Australian International Beer Awards, with WA's Beerland taking out Champion Australian Beer and other major trophies for Mountain Goat, Green Beacon, Black Hops, Fixation, Brownstone, Philter and even one of our own.

Brew & A: Charlie Hodgson

The rapid growth of the beer industry in and around Brisbane continues apace. Among the newcomers is Helios Brewing, a Yeerongpilly based operation that made a great signing before launch, snapping up Mash's trophy-winning brewer Charlie Hodgson.


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Goat At 20 – Part II

Time to bring the story up to date. In part II of our look back at two decades of Mountain Goat, we tell the last 11 of the 20 stories of people, moments and beers that helped build the Melbourne legend.

Who Brews Ballistic Beers?

When your name suggests an intention to go big, it doesn't hurt to walk away from your first major beer awards laden with gold. That's what happened to young Brisbane brewery Ballistic Beer Co. We find out more...

Brew & A: The Innovative Goat

Little did we know until recently, but a chance meeting with Alana Rees set her on the path to becoming a brewer. In a short space of time, she's gone from homebrewer to Innovation Brewer at Goat to AIBA trophy winner.

Australian International Beer Awards Winners 2017

Last night's beer awards in Melbourne put the seal on an incredible first year for Balter as the Gold Coast brewery took out three major trophies. They were among several multiple winners, which included several locals and Dagon from Myanmar.

A Day In The Life Of: A Beer Judge

Next month sees brewers and beer experts from across the globe gather in Melbourne for the Australian International Beer Awards. But what goes into being a beer judge? Is it the best job in the world. Nick O find out.

Brew & A: Thirsty Crow

Craig Wealands wasted little time putting Wagga's Thirsty Crow on the map, winning an AIBA trophy for his Vanilla Milk Stout within months of opening. With his new, bigger brewpub firing on all cylinders, he fielded questions in our latest Brew & A.

The Biggest Week In Beer Is Coming

Good Beer Week has grown into a happening of global stature, encapsulating 270 events, the Australian International Beer Awards and the ever-growing beast that is GABS. The 2017 version promises to be the biggest yet.

Grab The Slab

Journalist Glen Humphries was already writing a beer book when he scooped the 2016 AIBA Media Award. That win changed his view on his writing and inspired him to turn it into a very different beer book, The Slab.

Gage Roads' New Road

It's been a momentous few months for Gage Roads, with the WA brewery winning Champion Australian Beer and then announcing a split from Woolies. Pia Poynton caught up with one of the men plotting the new course.

Where Art Meets Science Meets Art

It's often said that brewing is where art meets science. Yet, thanks to the new brewing team in control at Indian Ocean, on Perth's northern fringe, it's becoming a case of art meets science meets art as they get creative with their decals.

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Beer Is Your Friend

Glen Humphries is the man behind the beer site Beer Is Your Friend. Last month, he won the AIBA Beer Media trophy, sponsored by The Crafty Pint. Here, we find out more about the man, why he can't stop writing and his thoughts on beer.

Australian International Beer Awards Winners 2016

Stone & Wood backed up a medal at the recent World Beer Cup in the US by taking out the Champion Large Brewery title at the Australian International Beer Awards last night. Other big winners included Two Birds, Pirate Life, BrewCult and Gage Roads.

Calling All Beer Media

Submissions are open for the 2016 Australian International Beer Awards, which includes a new trophy for New World Pale Ales. It's also a third chance for people covering the beer world to be crowned AIBA Media champ.

Breaking Out The Beers

Earlier this year, we revealed that four of Australia's to surfers were planning to open a brewery on the Gold Coast. As Balter's opening moves closer, we catch up with their trophy-winning brewer to see what he has planned.

Copy That

There is an American style India pale ale brewed in the heart of WA’s Swan Valley that took home the trophy for Champion Australian Beer at this year’s Australian International Beer Awards. By name…

Brew & A: 3 Ravens

Perhaps the most striking aspect at this year’s Australian International Beer Awards was the level of success enjoyed by many of Australia’s most established microbreweries. OK, two trophies for Korea’s…

AIBA 2014 Winners

The state that kickstarted Australia’s craft beer revival and the one that’s doing most to drive it forward are both celebrating following the results of the 2014 Australian International Beer Awards…

AIBA 2013 Winners

Back at the end of 2012, when compiling our 50 Beers of 2012 for James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine, we wrote: “The powers-that-be push stablemate Fat Yak but those in the know drink Matilda…

Wigging Out

He may have a beer named “The Judges Are Still Old Codgers” in their honour but that hasn’t stopped Richard Watkins, the brewer behind Wig & Pen’s beers, taking home one of the major trophies at…

Feral On Fire

There would be a danger of it becoming boring if it weren’t for the fact that not only are his beers brilliant, but Feral head brewer Brendan Varis is also as unassuming, generous and humble a guy as…

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Far From Bitter

As his friend and brewing mentor Brendan Varis walked off stage clutching Feral’s third straight Champion Ale trophy at the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards, Jeremy Good heard the presenter…

Plenty To Crow About

Given his brewery had only been operating a month, Craig Wealands thought long and hard about sending a keg of his Vanilla Milk Stout off for judging. Sure, he reckoned it was a pretty good beer, but the…

Beer Awards Winners

It was a night of surprises – and familiar faces – as the winners of the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards were announced in Melbourne at the weekend. Serial winner Feral picked up the Champion…

Brew & A: At the AIBA Judging

More than 1,100 beers have been submitted for the 2011 Australian International Beer Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Melbourne on May 20, in the middle of the inaugural Good Beer…