Following the ABC's announcement this week that it was moving the date of the annual triple j Hottest 100 from Australia Day, the team behind the GABS Hottest 100 Beers poll has confirmed today it is doing the same. The countdown for the best beers of 2017 will take place on the fourth Saturday of January, with voting opening mid-December.
In a statement, the people who first launched the Hottest 100 Beers at The Local Taphouse in St Kilda, said the move to January 27 would "continue the tradition of marrying the country’s most popular beers with the best tunes of the year."
Discussing the change, Steve Jeffares, co-founder of GABS, said: “For us, the poll has always been about a celebration of Australia’s favourite craft beers, and it’s always gone hand in hand with Triple J’s countdown of Australia’s favourite tunes. We understand, and fully support, Triple J’s decision to change the date of their countdown, and look forward to this year's Hottest 100 Aussie Craft Beers countdown.”
It's a move The Crafty Pint, as a partner of the H100 poll for several years now, supports as the poll enters its tenth year. Since starting out as a bit of fun for staff and customers at The Local Taphouse, the Hottest 100 Beers has grown into an event that engages hundreds of breweries and thousands of beer lovers around the nation, as well as many craft beer venues who host countdown events.
It's the biggest "people's choice" poll of its kind in the country by some way and one we've been able to use over the years to track trends in tastes through our coverage, including analysis articles and the now annual Infographics.
Breweries wishing to have their beers considered for the Hottest 100 Beers of 2017 can register from today (November 28) by heading here. Public voting for the 2017 Aussie poll will open on December 13, with the Kiwi version opening a week later on December 20. Reflecting the changing beer landscape, there are six new categories in 2018 too: Australian Wild Ale, Dry Hopped Sour, Graf (Cider/Beer blend), Kettle Sour, New England IPA and New Zealand Pale Ale. And, as always, if none of the 115 styles match a particular beer, brewers can choose a "catch-all" style like Specialty Beer.
From mid-December, The Crafty Pint will be running its annual state by state roundups of the best new releases of 2017 to help refresh memories.
For more on the Hottest 100 and how to get involved, head here.