Craft beer produced in Ulladulla is among the best in Australia.
Cupitt Craft Brewers took their product to Brewcon, an Independent Brewers Conference, to compare it against hundreds of other Australian brewers. The conference concludes with the independent beer awards, known as The Indies 2018.
The Ulladulla brewers entered six beers into the awards, with all brews being awarded a medal; four silver, and two bronze.
The awards, judged by a panel of national beer judges, showcase and celebrate independent craft beer.
This year, The Indies had a total of 756 entries, of which 443 were draught and 313 were packaged. Pale Ale accounted for 179 of the entries, with 14 awarded a gold medal, 42 a silver and 70 a bronze.
Meanwhile, Lager had 114 entries and India Pale Ale had 103 entries.
The only other double-digit gold medal-winning style was Hybrid Beer with 10 entries receiving an award, including Cupitt’s.
Cupitt head brewer Liam Jackson said he was “extremely chuffed with the results”.
“Our results are up there with some of the best in the country. We’re serious about good beer,” he said.
“On a personal note, It’s very humbling to be judged alongside brewers and breweries that I personally have always looked up to, and considered pioneers of craft brewing in Australia.
“I am also proud of the variety of beers that we received medals for. We are not a one-trick brewery –whatever beer we make, we strive for excellence, which really is what we aim for across the board at Cupitts.”
Mr Jackson said Brewcon was a “great opportunity” to learn from others in the industry.
“Brewcon was a great opportunity to learn from as well as be inspired by some of the best brewers in the industry, as well as keeping abreast of the latest technology and brewing science,” he said.
Cupitt Craft Brewers microbrewery was established in 2014 as an arm of Cupitts Winery.
The results of the beers entered by Cupitt Craft Brewers were as follows:
- Arneis Co-ferment - Silver Medal (category: Hybrid Beer)
- Golden Ale - Silver Medal (category: European-Style Ale)
- Pale Ale - Silver Medal (category: Pale Ale)
- Smoked Porter - Silver Medal (category: Porter-Stout)
- IPA - Bronze Medal (category: India Pale Ale)
- Mosaic Session Ale - Bronze Medal (category: Session Beer)