Small local brewery wins big in the region’s largest beer awards
11 June 2014
Barossa Valley Brewing has secured an impressive 3 medals, from 4 entries, at the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) 2014. The AIBA is the 2nd largest annual competition in the world. The Brewery’s Organic Ale secured the highest medal (a Silver) awarded in the hotly contested American Pale Ale category. The Imperial Milk Stout came away with a Silver as well. The popular Bee Sting Honey Ale secured a Bronze.
The result is particularly impressive given the quality of the entrants and rigorousness of the judging. There were a total of 65 entries from all South Australian Breweries with no gold, 5 silver’s awarded (excluding Barossa Valley Brewing). Brewer James Collison says “We have amazing brewers in SA, from extremely large, to very small craft breweries, doing wonderful things. Add to this mix, the oldest family run brewery in Australia and you have a small, but high quality field. So for 75% of our beers to win medals, is extremely exciting for us”.
This view is supported by owner Denham D’Silva, who says “ This is the start of a long journey, but it is satisfying, not because we won medals, but it is exciting to know our beers were tasted next to incredible beers from the best, oldest and most respected Breweries in the world. Our Organic Ale competed in the same category as the famous Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, a personal favourite and a beer that inspired me to start brewing. Winning a higher medal does not mean we have a better beer than Sierra Nevada, but does show we can compete with the best and are on the right path to establishing great beer, alongside the famous wines of the Barossa.”
The result is off the back of a lot of changes and hard work from a new brewing team. Denham says “On a day to day basis it is James and I. James handles the brewing and I get involved when he needs, I’m pretty much his brewery lackey. However Neal Cameron (Head Brewer, Australian Brewery) acts as Director of Brewing, providing a lot of guidance. Josh Thomas (Assistant Brewer) and Justin Murdock (Consultant) have joined recently and have been invaluable. Now that the hard work has been done ensuring quality, Denham plans to make the beers more available around Adelaide. Organic and Bee Sting have good distribution through BWS and Dan Murphy’s and the small batch beers such as the Stout will be available at the best independent retailers.
The Brewery and their Restaurant are open all day Thursday to Sunday for lunch and dinner. Denham says “Our beers are food beers. In fact I think the most fun way to enjoy our range is through our Beer v Wine degustation dinners. The brewer and winemaker match 5 of their beverages with a sumptuous 5 course degustation. Diners choose the best match and there is a winner. It is a great night. We do these monthly with the next mid June.” Stars of the next series of dinners include, the yet to be released Pilsner, Export Lager and a Smoked Red Ale.
For more information please contact Denham D’Silva.
Phone: 0410 290 236
Address: 2A Murray Street, Tanunda SA5352