Top Aussie beers of 2012

Early each year the Beer and Brew Awards nominates Australia’s top 100 brews of the previous year. Beers wine their places through a combination of popular votes, on- and off-premise sales, industry nominations and results from leading beer shows.

Where beers finish on equal points, they’re lined up before a panel of judges for a final decision.

In this year’s event, big, small and middle-sized brewers shared the honours. Japanese-owned Lion led the competition, with 10 successful beer spread across a number of its brands – Castlemaine XXXX, Knappstein, Kosciusko, Little Creatures, Malt Shovel Mad Brewer, Swan, Hahn and White Rabbit. Mid-sized Coopers fielded six winners.

Western Australian Feral Hop Hog topped the list, followed by Byron Bay’s Stone and Wood Pacific Ale, the Lion’s Little Creatures Pale Ale.

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Copyright © Chris Shanahan 2013
First published 27 March 2013 in The Canberra Times