Canberra’s Wig and Pen Brewery has been selected to brew beer for the presentation dinner following this year’s Australian International Beer Awards. The Wig earned this precious gig through its performance at last year’s awards.
The awards, conducted annually by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) and the University of Ballarat, enjoys a strong reputation globally.
This year’s event has attracted a record 1,480 entries from 270 brewers in 35 countries. The 12 per cent increase includes greater entry numbers from Australia, New Zealand Brazil, Japan and the United States.
The RASV is also behind the Royal Melbourne Wine Show. And the University of Ballarat became involved because of its courses in brewing and malting. Chief judge of the event this year will be Brad Rogers, brewer and partner at Stone and Wood brewery, Byron Bay.
Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 10 April 2013 in The Canberra Times