Golden brews flow for local beer crew

Cheers: Barossa Valley Brewing founder Denham D’Silva with brewers Toby Alcorn, Aaron Payne and Thomas O’Reily.  Beers are the three gold medal winners, Chocolate Coffee Stout, Canis Major and Hop Heaven.
Cheers: Barossa Valley Brewing founder Denham D’Silva with brewers Toby Alcorn, Aaron Payne and Thomas O’Reily. Beers are the three gold medal winners, Chocolate Coffee Stout, Canis Major and Hop Heaven.

Barossa Valley Brewing brought home two gold medals from the recent 2017 Australian Craft Beer Awards.

Its Chocolate Coffee Stout and Canis Major IPA brews join another award-winning ale, Hop Heaven Easy IPA, which won gold for the second year at the Australian International Beer Awards.

“We won a total of 14 medals with five beers in three separate competitions this year,” owner Denham D’Silva said.

“Each beer won at least one medal. It shows we’ve reached a consistent level of quality.

“The hard work of our brewing team is paying off.”

The AIBA is the second largest international beer competition, and the ACBA is the major national competition for craft beers in Australia.

“One of our reasons for entering is the opportunity to receive feedback from high-calibre beer experts,” Mr D’Silva said.

“The AIBA, in particular, attracts entries from the best international breweries.

“The judging panel consists of some of the world’s most respected beer luminaries.”

He said the chance to have beers compared to the world’s best by the best judges was “too valuable an opportunity” to miss.

Brewer Toby Alcorn said another pleasing aspect was the recognition received for experimental beers which utilised the product and skills of fellow Barossa producers.

“It’s great that our collaboration with local artisan coffee roasters, Bean Addiction, led to a national gold medal,” he said.

“Our ale, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Bacon, won bronze at the 2017 Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards.

“The malts in that beer were smoked by our neighbour, Steiny’s Traditional Mettwurst.”