Enjoying an award-winning drop are (back from left) Isan Boehning, bar manager, Sean Culverston, assistant brewer, (front from left) Peter Sinclair, general manager, Stefan Walker, head brewer.
Enjoying an award-winning drop are (back from left) Isan Boehning, bar manager, Sean Culverston, assistant brewer, (front from left) Peter Sinclair, general manager, Stefan Walker, head brewer.

Local brew clinches gold

yron Bay Brewery has managed to bring home the gold at the Australian International Beer Awards with their low-carbohydrate beer.


The local brewery has managed to clinch the highest award for their Byron Bay Premium Blonde in the low-carbohydrate lager category.


Head brewer Stefan Walker said they were up against some very stiff competition.


“Tooheys entered three beers into the same category, so they had more chance of taking out the gold,” he said.


“But we beat each one of them.”


The competition was held in Melbourne on May 20 at the Crown Palladium and 1100 beers were represented from all over the world.


“Countries such as the USA, Germany, Norway and Canada all had beers in the competition,” Mr Walker said.


“And many of these won major prizes as well.”


To prove that Byron Bay Brewery isn’t a one-hit wonder in just the one category, it also won silver for its Billy Goat dark lager and Broken Head bitter.


“I was very surprised that we got the gold for our low-carb beer, as it is the fastest-growing category in the beer market,” Mr Walker said.


“But we won gold for it, so we’ll take it.”


Big plans are now afoot for the award-winning beer, according to Mr Walker.


“We want to release the Blonde more readily by the keg, as at the moment it is only available on tap,” he said.


“We would also like to make it available in bottle down the track.”


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