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The Wine Committee of the RAS of NSW is pleased to have Head Brewer at The Australian Brewery, Mr Neal Cameron, as the Chair of Judges for the 2016 Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show.

Each judging panel consists of three to five judges. Names of individual judges are detailed in the Results Catalogue prepared at the end of each Show.

The Show's Judges and Stewards are constituted from a wide variety of backgrounds including brewers, liquor merchandise managers, beer publication editors, industry consultants and product users.

If you are interested in becoming one of our Officials, please complete the Judge Expression of Interest form or the Steward Expression of Interest form.

2016 Panel of Judges

Chair of Judges

Neal Cameron: Director and Founder of The Institute of Beer, a Beer training and consultancy company and Director of Brewing for Beer Farm WA. Neal Cameron has a level of experience and qualification that few in the industry can match. He is a regular Judge at CBIA awards and the Australian International Beer Awards and was appointed Chief Judge at the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show in 2013. He is a taste panellist and regular writer for Beer & Brewer magazine and has been a major contributor to the Beer Buyers Guide (2013), Ultimate Cider Guide (2013) and is the Technical Editor for Explore Beer.

Chief Steward

William Wilson: One of the first certified sommeliers in Australia, William has a great passion for wine and craft beer, and is particularly proud in promoting local Australian produce. William was the former sommelier at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and has recently opened a restaurant and bar in Sydney's Lower North Shore, Cammeray Craft which prides itself on local produce, craft beers and quality New South Wales wines.

Panel Chairs

Ian Kingham - Institute of Beer

Tina Panoutsos - Carlton United Breweries

Chris Sheehan - James Squire & Matt Shovel Brewery

Shawn Sherlock - Foghorn Brewery

Warrick Billings - Lobo Apple



James Adams – All about Cider

Richard Adamson - Young Henry's

Warrick Billings - LOBO Cider

Michael Capaldo - Sydney Brewery 

Samara Fuss 

Alastair Gillespie - Byron Bay Brewery 

Simon Hanley - Lion

Aaron Heary - Gage Road Brewing Co

Chris Willcock - 4 Pines Brewing Co


Associate Judge

Jonathon Hepner - Batch Brewing

Caitlin Larkins - Dan Murphy's

Aurelie Jonquet - Tooheys, Lion

Gary Faulkner - Lion

Gary Faulkner - Lion



Rick Cecire

Charlie Claridge

Ben Kooyman

Brendan Maier

Pat McInerney

Nick Oscilowski

Liam Pereira

David Phillips


Championships are determined using the Borda Count Method.