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Staves Brewery Pale Ale named Best Draught Beer at record-breaking Sydney Royal

Posted on : 19 August 2019

Glebe's Stave Brewery has been celebrated for its clean, traditional style Pale Ale taking home Champion Draught Beer at the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’s Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show.

In a record-breaking competition for Sydney Royal, Staves battled it out against 85 Draught Beer entries across 15 classes to claim the top award, demonstrating its perseverance to craft the perfect Pale Ale after taking home a Sydney Royal Silver medal for the beer in 2017.

Chair of Judges Samara Fuss said the skill of the brewers and quality of the beers and ciders entered at this year’s Show were outstanding with many well-deserving breweries awarded.

"This year's competition is a true reflection of the current strength of the Australian beer and cider industry and our ability to keep on evolving. Being a brewer and being in the industry a long time, I was thrilled to hear all of our judges commenting on the quality of the products entered and the improvement across the board," said Ms Fuss.

"For Ciders and Perrys we expanded the category to include the use of culinary apples alongside traditional cider apples this year. In this day and age, about 60% of producers are utilising culinary apples in their cider so by expanding the category we witnessed an increase in entries and in turn an increase in quality.

"It was a very hard competition and the winners here today really battled it out. Thank you for putting your best foot forward and I congratulate all producers who continue to learn, experiment and refine our craft to deliver high-quality beers and ciders."

Head Brewer at Staves Brewery, Zac Pauling said the win was much bigger than him just making beer.

"It's for anybody who helped me get to where I am today. Anybody was has leant me raw materials or given me yeast when I forgot to order it, anybody who has just given me a little bit of education, thank you," said Mr Pauling.

Also awarded was Camperdown's Wayward Brewing Company which took home Champion Packaged Beer for its Wayward Raspberry Berliner Weisse. While the Hunter Valley's Hope Brewery continued to impress with its Hope Brewery Barrel Aged Imperial Stout winning Champion Experimental or Specialty Beer for the third year in a row.

Adelaide Hill's The Hills Cider Company was crowned Champion Cider for its The Hills Cider Company Apple Cider, Napoleone Pear Cider from the Yarra Valley scored Champion Perry and the Champion Bottle Conditioned Perry or Cider went to Small Acres Cyder from the Central West New South Wales for the Small Acres Cyder 2015 the Cat's Pyjamas.

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20 Judges and 5 Panels


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