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Meet the Judges

The judging panel for the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show is selected by Chair of Judges, Samara Fuss and the RAS of NSW Wine Committee and aims to include a combination of educators, industry experts, brewers and retailers from across Australia


Chair of Judges - Samara Fuss

Samara is the head brewer at Philter Brewing and was one of Australia’s first female brewers and has one of the most impressive resumes in the industry. With over 20 years experience as a brewer with the likes of Little Creatures and Young Henry’s, and being a renowned judge at the Australian International Beer Awards, Samara is a great addition to the Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show.




Richard Adamson // Young Henrys Brewing Company // New South Wales

James Anderson // Willie Smiths Cider// Tasmania

James Atkinson // Freelance Journalist// New South Wales

Warwick Billings // LOBO Juice and Cider // South Australia

Shaun Blissett // Wayward Brewing Company // New South Wales

Michael Capaldo // Hop Product Australia// New South Wales

Jess Craig // Stone and Wood Brewing// New South Wales

Alastair Gillespie // Bryon Bay Brewery// New South Wales

Matt Hogan  // Hope Estate // New South Wales

Aurelie Jonquet  // Tooheys Brewery // New South Wales

Ian Kingham  // Multibrevco// New South Wales

Lucy Maddox  // Madrez Wine Services// New South Wales

Haydon Morgan  // James Squire & Malt Shovel Brewery// New South Wales

Tina Panoutsos  // Carlton United Breweries // Victoria

Liam Pereira  // Brewing Co //New South Wales

Daniel Shaw  // Australian Brewery //New South Wales

Chris Sheehan  // Lion //Queensland

Shawn Sherlock  // Foghorn Brewhouse //New South Wales

Andrew Tweddell // 4 Pines Brewing Co  //New South Wales

Chris Willcock // 4 Pines Brewing Co  //New South Wales


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 is the Beverage Operations and Cellar Manager for the newly re-opened International Convention Centre, Sydney (ICC).


To express interest to Associate Judge or Steward please fill out the form here