Canberra’s BentSpoke wins three medals at ‘Oscars of Brewing Industry’

Judging at the International Brewing and Cider Awards

Brewers and cider producers from 24 countries participated in the historic competition. Photo: International Brewing and Cider Awards.

Canberra’s BentSpoke Brewing Co. has won one gold and two silver at the 2021 International Brewing and Cider Awards in the United Kingdom.

The 133-year-old awards, dubbed the ‘Oscars of the Brewing Industry’, are known as the world’s most historic international beer and cider competition.

The ACT brewer’s crankshaft IPA selected the category Smallpack Ale – Class 4.

Their Barley Griffin Pale Ale finished second in the Smallpack Ale – Class 1 category, while 7.0% Rednut IPA won silver in the Strong Beer – Class 4.


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BentSpoke’s head brewer and co-founder Richard Watkins says he’s proud to see Canberra beer recognized on the world stage.

“With the beer and cider industry growing and changing every year, maintaining the podium is no easy feat, so we are really humbled and proud of it. These awards are a really good recognition for our team and our commitment to beer quality. . “

BentSpoke has previously won International Brewery Awards in 2017 and 2019.

A can of Bentspoke crankshaft IPA beer

BentSpoke’s crankshaft IPA is officially a top fall. Photo: Bentspoke Brewing Co.

A total of 138 awards were presented this year to brewers and cider producers from 24 countries, including China, Japan, Luxembourg, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States and the United Kingdom.

International Brewing & Cider Awards director Ruth Evans congratulated the brewers for their hard work through 18 difficult months for the industry.

“Despite being forced to postpone prices due to the pandemic, our brewing and cider communities across the globe came together,” she said.

“[They] continued to produce excellent and innovative products, and it is this determination and success that is worth celebrating. “


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Beer judge chairman Rob McCaig says the beer, beer and lagers were unique.

“For three days, we’ve seen and tasted some of the very best beers from around the world that crowned winners from all corners of the world,” he says.

“It has made the work of our judging panel extremely difficult due to the quality of the beers.”

This year, for the first time, a non-alcoholic beer category was added to the prices to reflect new trends in the industry.

The prizes will be awarded at a luncheon on April 6, 2022.

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