Dollar Bill Brewing Awarded Champion Beer Trophy at 2021 Australian International Beer Awards

35 trophies have been awarded to breweries across the globe at the 2021 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV)

On an evening that celebrated the best beer in the world, Dollar Bill Brewing were awarded the prestigious title of Champion Australian Beer for their Gold Teeth 2021 Packaged.

This year saw the introduction of a new trophy category for Champion Victorian Brewery, presented by the State Government of Victoria, that was awarded to Footscray’s Hop Nation Brewing Co. 

There was significant growth in the IPA category again this year, and trophies were awarded for the first time for two styles: Best Traditional IPA, which was awarded to ACT’s BentSpoke Brewing Co. for their Sprocket Draught, and the Best Modern IPA, which was awarded to WA’s Cheeky Monkey Brewery’s Lefties, Draught. 

Other prestigious categories include Champion International Beer which went to Auckland’s  Deep Creek Brewing Company for their Sauvage, that had earlier in the night taken out the trophy for Best Wood- And Barrel-Aged Beer. 

The AIBA is the largest annual beer competition in the world assessing both draught and packaged beer and this year, and this year saw over 75 judges taste 2,500 entries from 402 exhibitors, from 21 countries. Award winners were handed their trophies last night in front of a sell-out crowd at the Awards Presentation Dinner, held at Melbourne Showgrounds Victoria Pavilion. 

RASV CEO Brad Jenkins said: “As the world’s largest annual beer competition judging both draught and packaged beer, the Australian International Beer Awards conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria is the pinnacle benchmarking opportunity for brewers from Australia and abroad.  After the challenges of 2020, it was fabulous to conduct the Awards again this year and receive 2,500 entries from more than 400 exhibitors and then see the beer industry come together to celebrate brewing excellence.”

Victorian breweries snapped up 12 of the trophies this year, with Hop Nation taking out several awards. Valhalla Brewing, Two Birds Brewing Co., Dollar Bill Brewing and Fixation Brewing Co. were also among the Victorian winners. 

New South Wales winners include 4 Pines Brewing Company, Six String Brewing Company, Sunday Road Brewing, Foghorn Brewery, Stone & Wood Brewing Co., and Pinnacle Drinks. 

Western Australia winners include Cheeky Monkey Brewery and King Road Brewing Co.

South Australian brewery Mismatch Brewing Co. walked away with a trophy, as well as Australian Capital Territory brewery Bentspoke Brewing Co. 

International winners include, Deep Creek Brewing Company, Auckland, New Zealand, Nbeer Craft Brewing Co., Sichuan, China, Goose Island Brewhouse Seoul, South Korea, Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Company, Ohio, United States, China Resources Snow Breweries Co., China, Zhang Men Brewing Company, Taiwan, Dangge Brewing, China, Specific Gravity Beverage Company Pte Ltd, Singapore, and Pelican Brewing Company, Oregon, United States. 

All results including medal winners will available from Friday 21 May at www.rasv.com.au  

For imagery of the winners and video content of the Beer Awards Presentation, please contact [email protected]. All imagery can be credited to Craig Moodie Photography and video content to The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.  

About the AIBA

Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the AIBA is the largest annual beer competition in the world assessing both draught and packaged beer, attracting around 2,500 entries from more than 400 breweries from around the world.

Established in 1987 and held annually, the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) inspire and celebrate excellence in brewing, beer packaging design and beer media.

The AIBA annually celebrate and recognise the best brewers across the world with up to 35 trophies presented to the champions of each category, including the overall Champion Australian Beer and Champion International Beer.

Providing brewers from around the globe with an essential benchmarking opportunity, the Australian International Beer Awards are open to breweries of all sizes, from boutique small volume to large-scale commercial production.

About the RASV

The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), is a member-based, not-for-profit organisation that was formed in 1848 and the purpose is to celebrate agriculture, cultivate events and strengthen communities.

Our Vision is for the RASV to be globally recognised as a seal of excellence, highly valued for:

•           Showcasing food and beverage, produce and producers

•           Presenting premier events, including but not limited to the Royal Melbourne Show

•           Activating and creating vibrant event spaces at Melbourne Showgrounds

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2021 AIBA Champion Trophies:

  • Champion Australian Beer presented by Cryer Malt

Gold Teeth 2021, Packaged. Dollar Bill Brewing, Victoria  

  • Champion International Beer

Sauvage, Packaged. Deep Creek Brewing Company, Auckland, New Zealand

  • Champion Large Australian Brewery presented by Barret Burston  

4 Pines Brewing Company, New South Wales

  • Champion Large International Brewery presented by Barth-Haas Group

Deep Creek Brewing Company, Auckland, New Zealand

  • Champion Medium Australian Brewery presented by Cryer Malt

Hop Nation Pty Ltd, Victoria

  • Champion Medium International Brewery Presented by Kegstar

Nbeer Craft Brewing Co., Sichuan, China

  • Champion Small Australian Brewery Presented by Yakima Chief Hops

Cheeky Monkey Brewery, Western Australia

  • Champion Small International Brewery 

Goose Island Brewhouse Seoul, South Korea

  • Champion Victorian Brewery

Hop Nation Pty Ltd

  • Australian Gypsy Brewer Award

Valhalla Brewing, Victoria

  • Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy For The Best New Exhibitor

Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Company, Ohio, United States

  • Best Australian-Style Lager 

Lager, Draught. Two Birds Brewing C., Victoria

  • Best European-Style Lager (Excluding Pilsner) Presented by Weyermann

Lager, Packaged. Mismatch Brewing Co., South Australia

  • Best International Lager

Coastie Lager, Draught, Six String Brewing Company, New South Wales

  • Best Pilsner Presented by Brews News 

Rattenhund, Draught. Hop Nation Pty Ltd, Victoria

  • Best Amber / Dark Lager Presented By Joe White Maltings

Keller Door-Schwarzbier, Draught. 4 Pines Brewing Company, New South Wales

  • Best Australian Style Pale Ale Presented By Konvoy Kegs

Burleigh Twisted Palm, Draught. Burleigh Brewing Company, Queensland 

  • Best New World-Style Pale Ale Presented By Hop Products Australia

Cryotherapy Hazy IPA, Packaged, Sunday Road Brewing, New South Wales

  • Best International-Style Pale Ale Presented By The Post Project

King Road IPA, Draught. King Road Brewing Co, Western Australia

  • Best British or European-Style Ale (Excluding IPA & Pale Ale)

Foghorn Hunter Kolsch, Draught. Foghorn Brewery Pty Ltd, New South Wales

  • Best Traditional IPA

Sprocket, Draught Bentspoke Brewing Co, Australian Capital Territory

  • Best Modern IPA

Lefties, Draught. Cheeky Monkey Brewery, Western Australia

  • Best Amber / Dark Ale

The Buzz, Draught. Hop Nation Pty Ltd, Victoria

  • Best Porter (including Baltic Style Porter Presented By Weyermann

Valhalla Brewing Obsidian, Packaged. Valhalla Brewing, Victoria,

  • Best Reduced / Low Alcohol Beer

James Boag’s Premium Light, Packaged. J Boag & Son Brewing, Tasmania 

  • Best Non-Alcohol Beer

Tinnies Ultra Low Alcohol, Packaged. Coles Supermarkets Australia Ltd, Victoria

  • Best Wheat Beer

Lowen White Beer, Packaged. China Resources Snow Breweries Co., China

  • Best Belgian / French Style Ale

Le Petit Biere, Draught. Stone & Wood Brewing Co., New South Wales

  • Best Fruit Beer Presented by CHR Hansen

Gold Teeth 2021, Packaged. Dollar Bill Brewing, Victoria

  • Best Wood- And Barrel-Aged Beer

Sauvage, Packaged. Deep Creek Brewing Company, Auckland, New Zealand

  • Best Specialty Beer

Heavy Smoker, Draught. Zhang Men Brewing Company, Taiwan

  • Best Specialty Flavoured Beer

Dangge Vanilla Coffee Imperial Stout, Packaged. Dangge Brewing, China

  • Best Design – Label / Surface Graphic

Stubbie Refreshing Beer 330ml. Pinnacle Drinks, New South Wales

  • Best Design – Outer Packaging

Classic IPA, Craft Lager, And Wheat Beer 4 Packs. Specific Gravity Beverage Company Pte Ltd, Singapore

  • Best Media Presented By The Crafty Pint

James Atkinson, New South Wales

  • Consistency of Excellence Medal

Products that have been awarded a gold medal for three consecutive years receive a Consistency of Excellence Medal.  

1. Captain of the Coast, Packaged. Pelican Brewing Company, Oregon, United States

2. Obsession Session IPA, Draught. Fixation Brewing Co, Victoria, Australia