Bridge Road raids show vault

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BEECH­WORTH’S Bridge Road Brew­ers’ en­ter­prise mounted a highly suc­cess­ful raid on the Syd­ney Royal Beer and Cider Show’s vault on Fri­day when it won half of the show’s gold medals for bot­tled beer.

The Kraus fam­ily busi­ness backed up its 2016 best beer win when its mid-strength al­ter­na­tive, ‘Lit­tle Bling’, not only won 2017 gold but was named best bot­tled beer in the show.

Maria and Ben Kraus en­tered six beers in the com­pe­ti­tion and gold medals were awarded to four – Bling IPA, Ro­bust Porter, Che­va­lier Sai­son and Lit­tle Bling.

Their Beech­worth Pale Ale won a sil­ver medal and Celtic Red Ale a bronze medal.

“Such a re­sult is re­ally re­ward­ing for the brew­ers and pack­ag­ing team here in Beech­worth,” Mr Kraus said.

“We pride our­selves on high stan­dards and be­ing a 100 per cent in-house op­er­a­tion, par­tic­u­larly at a time that many other beer brands are trend­ing to­wards out-sourc­ing pro­duc­tion or multi­na­tional own­er­ship.

“It is also a fan­tas­tic for our ef­forts in mar­ket­ing our beers in the Syd­ney mar­ket.”

Bridge Road Brew­ers em­ploy more than 30 peo­ple and pro­vide op­por­tu­nity for growth and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

The sparkling en­ter­prise ac­tively and fi­nan­cially sup­ports com­mu­nity groups and fes­ti­vals and gen­er­ates strong visitor in­ter­est in its own range of events, such as Ok­to­ber­fest.

The brew­ery also dis­trib­utes its Beech­worth-branded prod­ucts na­tion­ally, pro­mot­ing both their beers and the High Coun­try as a des­ti­na­tion at events and venues al­most ev­ery week of the year.

Ex­port des­ti­na­tions for the Beech­worth brand in­clude Hong Kong, Sin­ga­pore, Thai­land and the United States.

Bridge Road Brew­ers plan to in­clude their re­cent medal wins on up­com­ing pack­ag­ing of their win­ning beers in or­der to lev­er­age the most from their strong re­sults.

TOP BREW: Maria and Ben Kraus reached the top of the tro­phy lad­der for their sought-after beers at the Syd­ney Royal awards last week.

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