Beer Competitions in Australia

Beer Distributors in Australia

Here is a list of the Leading Beer Competitions in Australia.  Exhibit your brands and connect around the country!

Australian International Beer Awards

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The AIBA is Presented annually by the Royal Agricultural Society (RASV) in partnership with Federation University Australia.

The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) is the largest competition of its kind in the Asia Pacific region and is renowned for celebrating beer and brewing excellence in Australia and around the world.

The AIBA provides brewers with an opportunity to benchmark their beers against international industry standards and aims to create greater consumer awareness of the quality and diversity of beer styles available in Australia and internationally.

For further information regarding the Australian International Beer Awards please email events@rasv.com.au or call +61 3 9281 7444.

Australian Amateur Brewing Championship

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The first national competition of the ABAA (Amateur Brewers Association of
Australia) was held in Sydney in 1995 in conjunction with the Ausbeer Homebrew
Expo organised by Colin Penrose. The call for entries was publicised in the magazine Ausbeer and entries were judged over several days/evenings preceding the Expo by a number of Sydney judges.

A rather informal body (the AABA – Australian Amateur Brewing Association) with
self-appointed delegates from some of the states has been responsible for deciding on
the rules and categories for the AABC, which has been run by a local organising
committee.

For more information please the website http://www.aabc.org.au/

Western Australian State Amateur Brewers Competition

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The 2014 WA State Amateur Brewers Competition (WASABC) started in 2007 by a group of dedicated amateur brewers, to offer Western Australian brewers a chance to compete at National level, at the Australian Amateur Brewing Championship (AABC).

WASABC offers you the platform to challenge your skills amongst the best brewers in the State, and get invaluable feedback from our BJCP certified judges. Whether you win or not, this feedback will help you to become a better brewer, raise the overall skill level in our State, and ultimately help developing Award winning brews.

The WASABC Organiser(s) are independent volunteer(s), who each year, work tirelessly to offer all WA amateur brewers the opportunity to showcase their pride and joy at State and National level, at the AABC, and show the country that Western Australians can brew fantastic beers!

WA is blessed with some of the best professional brewers in the country, nearly all of them started as home brewers, and we hope that WASABC contributes to nurture the next generation of professional craft brewers!

Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show

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The Sydney Royal competitions showcase Australia’s finest produce and award the best of the best with a coveted Sydney Royal medal.

This is a fantastic opportunity to submit your finest products to benchmark them against the rest of this high-growth industry. The 2014 Show received the most number of entries ever in the history of the Competition and awarded a record eight Gold Medals and three Championships.

Vicbrew

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Vicbrew; The voice of  Craft Brewers in Victoria.

Vicbrew was established in 1995 as an informal committee primarily set-up to organise and run a Victorian Amateur/Craft/Home Brewing competition and assist with the organisation and running an Australian Amateur/Craft/Home Brewing competition. It’s members are representatives of various Victorian Home Brewing Clubs and so can provide a means of communication between the Clubs which facilitates a co-ordination of Club activities. As a secondary role, Vicbrew will, finances permitting, encourage the novice brewer by providing sponsorship of a “Best Novice Brewer” prize at sanctioned Victorian Amateur/Craft/Home Brewing competitions.

BeerFest

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Beerfest is held in February of each year and is organised by The Melbourne Brewers. Melbourne’s oldest Craft Brewing Club based in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

Beerfest is a weekend event, commencing on the Friday afternoon and finishing up on the Sunday afternoon. While beer judging dominates proceedings, other social activities are organised. Visitors are welcome to come along and view the judging and sample the beers coming off the judging tables.

2015 starts a new chapter in Beerfest history with the event moving to The Royal George Hotel in Kyneton Victoria.

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Spirits, Liquor & Beverage Trade Events in Australia

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We’ve compiled a list of beverage trade events where Australian spirits and liquor companies like adult beverages, craft distilleries, breweries and wineries can connect and grow their companies.

The Melbourne International Spirits Competition

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The Melbourne International Spirits Competition is the first major international spirits competition with TRADE ONLY judges.

The judges are comprised of: buyers from the top retail stores, restaurant owners, cocktail bars, hotel beverage directors, distributors and importers. Unlike other spirits competitions, these judges have purchasing power and the ability to make a direct impact on brand sales.

The spirits industry is seeking a TRADE ONLY blind judging panel spirits competition to be held in Melbourne. The retail store buyer, sommelier, restaurant beverage director, hotelier, distributor and importer will be our judges. These judges whose livelihood rely upon their skill set truly know what the consumer wants as they receive on a daily basis the feedback from the consumer of what is good and what will sell at what price.

The competition is open to all commercially produced spirits from around the world. You may submit if you are not currently being sold in Australia or the Melbourne Market.

For more information about the MISC please contact: Adam Levy (Founder) ; Tel +61 386521989 Fax + 61 386521989; adam@melbourneintlcomp.com

ALSA National Conference

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The ALSA National Conference is a must attend event for liquor retailers, owners, managers and staff.

Hear the latest thinking from influential industry and business leaders. Gain deeper insight into liquor market trends and tomorrow’s consumer. Learn to stay ahead of the curve and maintain a strong competitive position. Experience the tastes of the tropics!

An important component of the ALSA Conference is the Expo & Trade Day, which gives delegates the opportunity to have direct interaction with primary and secondary suppliers to the industry.

Is your company interested in exposing or promoting your products and services to over 200 liquor retailers, senior chain store representatives, key retail liquor industry stakeholders and suppliers?  If so, why not consider becoming an exhibitor?  You could be the missing piece of the puzzle!

For more information about the ALSA Conference, please contact: Michael Waters, Conference & Events Manager (P) 02 8335 3250.

WA Hospitality Supplier Awards

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The WA Hospitality Supplier Awards recognise outstanding suppliers, promotions and products provided to the West Australian hospitality industry.

The awards are voted on by the supplier’s customers and winners benefit from the promotion and marketing opportunities that being a WA Supplier of the Year brings.

As the authoritative voice for the hospitality industry in Western Australia, the AHA will inspire innovation, unity and industry excellence.

Purpose
To protect and develop our members interests, to achieve new levels of success and excellence and maintain the vital role of the hospitality industry as an integral part of the Australian way of life.

Contact Info: 38 Parliament Place, West Perth, WA 6005, Postal Address, PO Box 660 – West Perth, WA 6872.  Tel (08) 9321 7701, Fax: (08) 9321 7730, E-mail: exec@ahawa.asn.au

FoodService Australia

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The major attraction of FoodService Australia are the 160 exhibitors showcasing the latest food, drink and equipment.

The next show will run from 31 May – 2 June 2015 at the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. It will be bigger than ever, with most exhibitors rebooking immediately at the show. Click on the links for more information on exhibiting or visiting.

If you work in the food or hospitality industry then you should be planning a visit to Foodservice Australia. Why? Because there is simply no better way to discover new ideas, new products and new suppliers.

Contact Info: Tel: 03 9999 5460, Fax: 03 9999 5461, Email: food@specialisedevents.com.au, PO Box 209, South Yarra VIC 3141

Fine Food Queensland

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The next Fine Food Queensland event is taking place at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Center on April 10-12, 2016.

The perfect mix of Queensland’s own world class producers, alongside the best food, drink and equipment suppliers from around Australia. The new show format also offers a selection of exciting and informative new features and seminars.

Drinks at Fine Food will feature a number of local experts in the beverage industry, presenting a range of interactive and informative masterclasses. Topics will include tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks. The Beverage Theatre will also play host to the Australian Smoothie & Juice Championships 2014 – Queensland Region.

Contact Info: Diversified Communications Australia Pty Ltd, Level 5, 636 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria, 3004, Australia, Tel: + 61 3 9261 4500, Fax: + 61 3 9261 4545

The Good Food & Wine Show

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Melbournites eat & rejoice at The Good Food & Wine Show! The wait is over as Melbourne is set to become the centre of the food & wine universe over a dynamic three day weekend from 30 May – 1 June at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Tour the very best food and wine regions of Australia; Yarra Valley, Barossa and McLaren Vale just to mention a few.  We’ve got them all in one destination; simply have your tasting glass and taste buds at the ready.

Drink and be merry at the Riedel A+ Australian Wine Bar, rub shoulders with famed sommeliers and vintners at the Riedel Wine Theatre or relax with a cold one in the Grazing Garden with famed food trucks.

Contact Info: Diversified Communications Australia, 424 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 3004, Email: goodfood@divcom.net.au, Phone: 03 9261 4500

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Paracombe Wines, A Boutique Adelaide Hills Winery Built on the Grounds of a Generation Past.

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Australia Trade Tasting profiles Paracombe Wines, a boutique Australian winery from a storied region.

Since they bought their land in 1983, Paracombe founders Paul and Kathy have been hard at work making their dream of owning a winery come true. Today, they have grown what was once their idyllic garage project into a full-fledged operating winery. Expanding from 100 cases to a facility capable of crushing 2000 tonnes of fruit in just over twenty years, Paul and Kathy have built Paracombe into a premium wine label through dedication and honest hard work.

As you open a bottle of The Reuben – A Paracombe family blend named after Reuben Chapman who was a great community man that was revered for giving a lot to the district in the early days of Paracombe – one can only wonder how the wine making process has changed since his time. Anticipating the subtle taste of chocolate and tobacco swirling in your mouth, a great whisp of blackberries and strawberries meet your nose and you are reminded of what a great adventure these new pioneers are truly on.

After twenty years perfecting their craft, Kathy and Paul are sharing the fruits of their labour with the rest of the world. Today, Paracombe Wines are exported to United Kingdom, Canada, Europe and Asia.

We caught up with Kathy Drogemuller and she gave us some great insight into how we can all live the Paracombe way of life – It’s one of those unique stories that seems right out of a fairytale.

Tell us about your family winery – where does the name come from and what’s the story behind the brand?

Paracombe is the name of the small rural township where we are located in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, South Australia. Just a half an hour drive from Adelaide CBD and with vineyards and orchards laced through the district,  it is a truly beautiful part of the world.  Our remarkable story started in 1983 when Paul and I bought a burnt out, old dairy farm after the devastating Ash Wednesday bushfires of 1983. With no background in growing grapes or making wine, we planted vineyards. Then we discovered there was a history of grape growing and winemaking in the region dating back to the mid 1800’s which had died out. So began our passion and vision to revive Paracombe as a premium wine producing area. We started making wine in our tin shed with a home built basket press, second hand milk tanks and crusher. With just 100 cases of three wines we launched Paracombe Wines in 1992.

Today we have 14 wines in the range, have expanded our vineyards, designed and built a winery with facility to crush to crush up to 2000 tonnes of fruit, underground cellars and stunning cellar door.

Paracombe wines are made, bottled, packaged on site and distributed direct from the winery. This soft environmental footprint and authentic style of management has helped Paracombe Wines harness an identity and reputation for producing ecologically crafted wines with finesse and style. Our son Ben has joined the family business and we have an amazing team who all contribute to making Paracombe a successful, award winning winery. It is a wonderful, inspiring success story.

Are your wines produced exclusively from grapes from your vineyards?

Our Paracombe range includes some stunning single vineyard wines from our family vineyard at Paracombe like our Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc  and Cabernet Sauvignon. We also have some superb single vineyard wines from our Paracombe growers such as the Malbec and Shiraz Viognier. Then there is the wonderful five varietal wine – The Reuben is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec Cabernet Franc and Shiraz harvested from our family block as well as grapes from three local growers.

In addition to our own home vineyard, we also source grapes from local specialist family growers with whom we work very closely to ensure our high standards are met. All vines are hand pruned with minimal irrigation to keep yields low, contributing a strong influence in our premium wine style.

Paracombe has won numerous awards.  Tell us about the ones that mean the most to you and why.

Our very first Trophy, for our 1997 Sauvignon Blanc, at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show will always be memorable. And then when our 2012 Sauvignon Blanc won Trophy for Best White Wine in Shanghai in China in the SIAL Wine Awards, was up against 320 winery exhibitors from 11 countries including China, France, Spain, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Hungary, Greece, Tunisia, Portugal, and Italy that was very awesome.

Recently picking up awards for our Chardonnay, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz just makes a fantastic statement about how very special Paracombe is proud to represent Adelaide Hills wine region, which is producing world class award winning wines across a range of varieties and wineries.

What are you planning on highlighting at Australia Trade Tasting?

We’re excited to show our wines, tell our story and realise new opportunities for Paracombe throughout Australia and meet trade and media attendees. We have an incredible offering: Pinot Noir; Chardonnay Sparkling with parcels of back vintages over 22 years; crisp aromatic whites – Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris;  point of difference reds like Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and a cool climate Shiraz with great generousity of fruit.

We want to grow by supporting our partner distributors in Victoria and New South Wales and gaining more momentum in the trade by finding new partners in states like Queensland. South Australia is incredibly strong for Paracombe, and we want to find partners ready to achieve and realize our vision for a national Paracombe.
Paracombe wines represents Australian ideals that mimic those of a long and storied history of wine making throughout the world, but their open philosophy to the modern wine industry has given them the exposure they need to succeed. The family winery offers a unique look back at what the Paracombe wine region once was, while also representing the potential of what it will be in the future. Looking out over the Paracombe vineyards, it’s easy see why Kathy and Paul were so enchanted by the land and eager to make Paracombe Wines a national story.

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A Truly Organic Experience – Profiling Pure Vision and Nature’s Step Wines

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Australia Trade Tasting Profiles Pure Vision and Nature’s Step Wines

Light’s View Wines has been helping pioneer the organic movement with their Pure Vision and Nature’s Step brands. Bursting with fruit and reflecting a distinctly pure terroir, their organic line-up is something special.

While organic wines may have appealed to a select market a decade ago, it only takes an afternoon tasting Pure Vision and Nature’s Step’s offering of dynamic varietals to taste why the category is a leading example of what innovation is bringing to the industry. As some of the few organic selections coming from Adelaide Plains, consumers and critics alike are quick to identify that these wines are far more impressive than just another boutique offering.

Light’s View Wines has been helping pioneer the organic movement with their Pure Vision and Nature’s Step brands. Bursting with fruit and reflecting a distinctly pure terroir, their organic line-up is something special. The Mediterranean like climate of Adelaide Hills and Light’s View’s forty year old, converted organic vineyards are the perfect recipe for a showcase wine and they’ve been getting their fair share of attention.

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It’s their vision to become one of South Australia’s leading wine companies in all areas of business while maintaining top quality organic standards in their vineyards. Between their diverse line-up and unique story, Light’s View’s organic wine brands really shine. We talked with Teresa Carypidis and asked her about what it means to be on the leading edge of such an exciting new category.

Light’s View is a really interesting name – how did you decide on it?
The name Light’s View originates from Lt. Colonel William Light – the first surveyor general of South Australia. In 1836, he chose Adelaide as the capital city for South Australia, designed the city centre, and created the park lands. We chose the name ‘Light’s View’ Wines because we are proud of the history behind our terroir and want people around the world to know the story behind our Adelaide based winery. The Colonel’s role in founding and designing Adelaide is remembered at Light’s Vision.

What does it mean to be and How Long have Nature’s Step and Pure Vision been ‘certified’ Organic?  
Our vineyards have been 100% certified organic since 2010. Becoming certified organic takes a lot of time and (money) and patience. In order to be certified we went through a strict 3 year conversion process with a certifying body.
We have eliminated the use of synthetic chemicals, fertilisers and pesticides, which over the years can be detrimental to the soil, planet and the wine drinker. Now, nearly five years on, the soils are clean and feed off living organisms. Being certified organic means that consumers can trust that our vineyards are grown and our wine is produced in accordance with national organic standards. We are also USDA certified which means our wines meet the strict organic criteria for USA enabling us to widen our export market.

What kind of consumers do your organic wines really resonate with?
Our organic wines are targeted to the modern day wine drinker looking for a healthier alternative to conventional wines without compromising quality. Our wines are low in sulphur, so we also reach out to those consumers who have sulphur allergies, as they find it difficult to drink and enjoy conventional wine. We want our customer’s to drink and enjoy our organic wines – without the nasty side-effects.

What are you excited about showing Industry buyers and media at
Australia Trade Tasting?
We cannot wait to show the buyers at Australia Trade Tasting our award winning organic wine range. We have created a unique range of organic wines that are affordable for the market. Come and see for yourself how fresh and fruity our wines are – customer’s will love them. We also want to share our families’ journey into the organic wine business and how excited we are to be a part of the organic movement.


An icon brand of the South Australia wine industry, Pure Vision and Nature’s Step are perfect examples of how good a truly organic offering can be. The cool coastal breezes and abundance of sunshine in the Adelaide Hills create ideal weather conditions for their vineyards to thrive under the certified organic requirements. The vineyards yield some of the country’s most unique grapes and they are taking advantage of the opportunity they present by making some remarkably unique wines with every one. The evidence is in the purity of their offering – these wines reflects the story of an extraordinary team and their commitment to their home, our country and the future of a sustainable wine industry for everyone.

Are you a wine importer, or distributor looking for organic wines for your portfolio? Get involved with Australia Trade Tasting and connect with some leading Australian wineries.

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