Competition brewing at Beer Show
JUDGES sipped their way through 570 entries in the Royal Perth Beer Show last month.
At the show, in its ninth year, judges assessed 110 amateur and 49 commercial brewers on appearance, aroma, flavour, style and technical qualities in more than 70 categories.
The Royal Agricultural Society announced winners at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre on July 31, where Mash Brewing in Henley Brook won trophies for Best WA Beer, Best WA Brewery and Best Reduced Alcohol (Packaged).
Mash Brewing head brewer Charlie Hodgson said he was “over the moon” about the wins.
“It’s huge; we’ve had a very good 18 months, especially winning Best WA Brewery two years in a row,” he said.
Indian Ocean Brewing Company brew manager Mal Secourable said it was his seventh year judging and the industry had expanded “incrementally”.
“This is the most judges I’ve ever seen in six or seven years,” Mr Secourable said.
He said judges drank plenty of water and ate crackers and cheese to cleanse their palates between tastings.
The Monk Brewery Operations manager Matt Marinich said he enjoyed his third year judging the Beer Show.
“I think there are a lot of blokes at work, jealous, who’d rather be here today,” he said.
Sour, stout, pilsner, wheat beer, lagers and dark ale were among the dozens of beer types entered to the competition.
Mr Secourable said there was a greater sophistication in the brewing industry that was driving the skill set of brewers.
Ryan Lucas won Best Amateur Beer in show. He will be able to brew a batch of beer at Feral Brewery to be stocked at Urban Orchard in Northbridge.
Matt Marinich and Mal Secourable judging at the Royal Perth Beer Show.