Vale Brewing has led the South Australian charge at the Craft Beer Industry Association’s (CBIA) 2015 Craft Beer Awards, picking up three silver and four bronze medals at the presentation event in Sydney in late October.
The Vale Brewing result – achieved on its debut at the CBIA awards – is right up there with the best in the state, with Pirate Life (four silvers and two bronze) and Barossa Valley Brewing (three silvers and four bronze) the other notable contenders.
Vale Brewing excelled in its specialist draught category, winning its three silvers – for Fox Hat Phat Mongrel, VALE Golden Ale and VALE Amber Lager – and three bronzes, for its VALE Ale, VALE IPA and VALE Lager.
It also collected a bronze medal for VALE Ale in the bottled category.
“The CBIA is without doubt the toughest competition for Australian craft beers,” Vale Brewing Head Brewer Jeff Wright said. “You could say they’re the Oscars of the industry and this year they attracted a hefty 468 entries from across the country. So to be up there with the best in SA and come away with seven gongs at our first attempt is something worth toasting.”
WA’s Feral Brewing walked off with the top accolade, that of Champion Beer, for its Watermelon Warhead.