Kirrawee brewer wins prestigious gold medal

A prestigious Gold Medal was presented to new Sutherland Shire brewery Sunday Road Brewing in Kirrawee in the latest AIBA Beer awards which attracted more than 2,600 entries from 402 breweries from 26 countries.

The competition boasts a highly regarded judging panel of industry experts from Australia and around the world.

After the best beers in the world were tasted and then judged at the Australian International Beer Awards local brewer Sunday Road was celebrating after winning a Gold medal for their Blackwoods Pale Ale in the Best International Pale Ale category.

Sunday Road Brewing is owned and operated by a local Sutherland Shire family.

The Kirrawee based Brewery and Taproom only opened in February this year with their beers and intimate venue enjoying immediate success which has been validated by their first win.

Brad Walker the business owner said they were thrilled to be a gold medalist among such good company with Mick O'Rance, formerly of Goose Island and BentSpoke, coming on board as Walker's head brewer in January.

"It really confirms that all the hard work is paying off and that our products really are world class,we brewed our first beer Enigma from my garage,and now we can brew 120,000 liters per year -all brewed and canned at Kirrawee" Brad said

Having run for over 25 years, the AIBA is the world's largest annual beer competition judging both packaged and draught beer. It is conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, who are also responsible for the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards and Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.

More than 80 local and international industry experts from ten countries assessed more than 2000 entries across three days in Melbourne from May 8-10, with beers received from Australia and around the world.

Customers looking to purchase the award-winning local product are encouraged to visit the brewery at 147 Bath Road Kirrawee or at their local independent bottle shop.