Gage Roads Brewing Co awarded Champion Australian Beer for their pale ale, Little Dove. Photo: Gage Roads Brewing CoWA’s own Gage Roads Brewing Co has taken out the top prize at the 2016 Australian International Beer Awards held in Melbourne on Thursday night.
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The Palmyra-based brewing juggernaut won the award for Champion Australian Beer for its pale ale Little Dove, as well as Best New World Style Pale Ale.

Gage Roads brewing manager Dirk Penny said everyone at Gage Roads was stoked to hear the news.

“It was fantastic and really great for our family down here at Gage Roads to be recognised for our hard work,” Mr Penny said.

Their award-winning 6.2 per cent pale ale was judged by 63 beer industry experts alongside more than 1700 entries from 326 Australian and international breweries.

“The judges basically said it smelt amazing, had a great aroma and was well balanced,” he said.

Little Dove was a joint effort from all the brewers at Gage Roads and was only in production for two weeks before it was submitted for the awards.

“It was a collaboration, we are lucky enough to have great brewers at Gage and we got them all together to create it,” he said.

“We all brought our favourite beers and tasted them, decided on our parameters and eventually came up with our pale ale.

“It was a very organic process, we basically picked the best bits of all our favourite beers.”

Named after the strip of ocean which separates Rottnest Island and Fremantle, Gage Roads has been brewing for 14 years, and Mr Penny said WA’s craft beer scene has come a long way since then.

“For such an isolated state, we do well,” he said.

“We have a good craft beer scene, it’s a really good environment here.

“The public are starting to catch on too, it’s definitely growing.”

Gage Roads has frantically produced kegs today to get the winning brew to beer enthusiasts across Perth.

“Now we’ve won this award, we’re rushing around trying to get kegs out, but we got 80 out today.”

AIBA head judge and head brewer at Little Creatures in Fremantle Warren Pawsey said it was another successful year for the competition.

“As in previous years, the process was intense and the judging panel were impressed with the quality and range of styles that were presented this year,” Mr Pawsey said.

“This year the medal round was particularly hard to judge with some truly cracking beers entered.”

This victory for Gage Roads comes hot on the heels of Albany’s Limeburners Distillery winning Australian Distiller of the Year in April.

Others winners include Boston Beer Company taking out Champion International Beer and WA’s Eagle Bay Brewing Co, Mash Brewing, and Feral Brewing Company for various other awards.

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