Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Winners 2018

July 7, 2018, by Matt King
Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Winners 2018

There was an eclectic mix of winners big and small, old and young, at the Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Awards last night, with Coopers, Lobethal Bierhaus, Beer Garden Brewing, Boston Brewing and Fixation all taking out multiple trophies. The awards, which followed the first day of Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival at the Adelaide Showground, saw Australia's oldest independent brewery’s iconic Sparkling Ale declared both Champion South Australian Beer and Most Outstanding Beer in Show. 

Coopers was also named Champion Large Brewery and collected another trophy in the reduced beer category for mild ale. Adelaide’s other most recognisable beer name, West End, also picked up silverware in the shape of Champion Australian Style Lager for Swan Draught.

“We are very happy with the win," said David Medlyn, technical brewer at Coopers. "We are very happy with the Sparkling Ale and trying to keep it as consistent as we possibly can, that’s our job."

The team at Mismatch Brewing, who only last week won Champion Australian Beer at The Indies for Mismatch Lager, added to their trophy cabinet when they were named Champion Medium Brewery.


The Mismatch team picking up a trophy for the second week running.

Brewery co-owner Ewan Brewerton was a man of few words when asked how he felt about Mismatch’s latest trophy: “I feel really, really f@#$ing happy. The work we have put in is coming into fruition.”

Mismatch brewer Owen Lyons added: “There is no one who works harder in this company, there is no one who deserves it more than Ewan. The last two weeks are obviously an absolute honour of his hard work, so he deserves it all.”

Smiling Samoyed, from the tiny town of Myponga an hour’s south of Adelaide was named Champion Small brewery, continuing a fine run of form at the awards over the years for founders Kate Henning and Simon Dunstone (pictured below collecting their trophy).

“We feel fantastic actually. This is the one I wanted," Simon said. "I feel it is about brewing consistently across the board, so we're very excited about that. 

"This is the best one; before we won awards and trophies for specific beers but tonight we have won Champion Small Brewery, which means all the entries were good. It means we are producing consistent, good beer.”


Among the other breweries to take out multiple trophies was Lobethal Bierhaus for its Bohemian Philsner and Chocolate Oatmeal Stout in the Champion Pilsener and Champion Stout Beer Awards category respectively. The brewery is no stranger to award success but had taken a short hiatus before returning this year.

“It’s great," said brewery owner and head brewer Al Turnbull. "We had a little bit of a break from competition, so it was nice. We are in year 12 now and to do this is great.”

Port Lincoln’s Beer Garden Brewing won awards for its Cage Diver IPA and Section 49 Wheat Beer, with co-owner Janine Butterworth saying: "[It's] pretty exciting to win some awards; a lot of hard work has gone into this and we are happy that has paid off.”

While the vast majority of the awards on the night went to local breweries, those from interstate also snared their fair share. Fixation's Tom Delmont is becoming a familiar face on awards stages across the country, with the brewing company he launched with the Stone & Wood Group winning Champion Other Ale for Obsession, a session IPA, with the beer also taking out the media choice award ahead of the Incubator brewpub opening in Collingwood.

"I feel thrilled, thrilled to be a part of this amazing industry," said Tom. "The little brother in the family got the win."

Completing the beer trophies was Western Australia’s Boston Brewing, who impressed the judges and won in both the Champion American Style Pale Ale and Best New Exhibit classes, Bridge Road with another gong for its Robust Porter and Gulf Brewery, from the Adelaide Hill, which collected Champion Hybrid Beer for its rauchbier. In the world of cider, it was Kangaroo Island Cider's Colony Coast Cider which was declared both Best South Australian Cider and Best Cider in Show. 

RABCA’s chief judge Tony Jones said this year the awards attracted 252 entries from 54 breweries in Australia and New Zealand.

Award Winners

The Beer Garden Brewing team collecting their trophy from David Cryer, of Cryer Malt.

Champion Small Brewery 
Smiling Samoyed Brewery

Champion Medium Brewery 
Mismatch Brewing Company

Champion Large Brewery 
Coopers Brewery

Champion South Australian Beer 
Coopers Brewery – Coopers Sparkling Ale

Most Outstanding Beer in Show 
Coopers Brewery – Coopers Sparkling Ale

Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer 
Coopers - Mild Ale

Champion Australian Style Lager
West End Brewery – Swan Draught

Champion Pilsener
Lobethal Bierhaus – Bohemian Philsner

Champion Other Lager
Coopers Brewery – Sapporo

Champion Traditional Australian Style Pale Ale
Coopers Brewery – Sparkling Ale

Champion American Style Pale Ale
Boston Brewing - Boondie


The trip from Denmark to Adelaide was worthwhile for the Boston Brewing crew.

Champion India Pale Ale
Beer Garden Brewing – Cage Diver IPA

Champion Other Ale
Fixation – Obsession Session IPA

Champion Stout
Lobethal Bierhaus – Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

Champion Porter
Bridge Road Brewers – Robust Porter

Champion Wheat Beer 
Beer Garden Brewing - Section 49 Wheat Beer

Champion Hybrid Beer
Gulf Brewery – Smoke Stack Rauchbier

The Simon Fahey Prize For Best New Exhibit
Boston Brewing – Boondie

Best Cider in Show
Kangaroo Island Ciders – Colony Cove Draught Cider

Best Perry in Show
Harcourt – Pear Cider

Media Choice Award
Fixation – Obsession Session IPA

Best South Australian Cider  
Kangaroo Island Ciders – Colony Cove Draught Cider

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