Lost Sailor a winner
Beer aficionados all over the country are hearing about our city, with Albany-proud Wilson Brewing Company awarded a gold medal at the Sydney Royal Beer and Cider Show.
Wilson’s Lost Sailor Dark Ale took top place in the stouts and porters category last Friday.
The first gold medal beer to come from Albany, it was up against some big names in the brewing industry, trumping the likes of Sydney Brewery and Ironbark Hill Brewhouse.
Two other Wilson brews — Figure Head Blonde Ale and the Wilson Draught — were awarded silver medals, while Dirty Oar Harvest Brown and Stiff Mast Bitter Ale claimed bronze.
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Wilson founder Matt Wilson said he had not been sure how the brewery’s beers would fare against the country’s best.
“There are a lot of big breweries on the eastern seaboard so looking at the results list, going up against the Australian Brewery and Tooheys, to come out with five awards is fantastic,” he said.
“It would have been interesting when they were putting up the medal winners and they see Wilson Brewing Company and think ‘who is that?’.”
Mr Wilson said this was the first year the brewery had been able to enter its beers for national awards and the entire team was pumped to see them performing well.
“We knew when the Lost Sailor got a bronze at the Australian International Beer Awards that it was in good contention to take something, but to take away gold is awesome,” he said.
The seasonal release beers are also proving a hit with customers, and the latest release Peach of Ship Ice Tea IPA sold out of 6000 litres in under three weeks.
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