Byron's brewing bonza ale
SUCCESS just keeps on coming for the award winning Byron Bay Premium Brewery, with a recent haul of five medals at the Australian International Beer Awards.
In the three years since the first drop of amber ale was produced at the boutique brewery, it has received 16 awards.
Owner Barry Schadel said the brewery scored three silver medals for its Byron Bay Blonde, Byron Bay Premium Ale, Byron Bay Pilsner and two bronze medals for their Billy Goat Dark Larger and Byron Bay Pale Ale at the awards in Melbourne this month.
What made their success more special was they were up against 1344 entries from 258 breweries in 41 countries.
"It's an international beer awards, its one of the biggest beer awards in the world so to win five medals was exciting," he said.
"We are pretty proud of ourselves when it comes to the quality of our beer and we are pretty chuffed at winning five medals."
Mr Schadel said the secret to the breweries success was their excellent basic formulas which head brewer Stuart Richie followed.
"Brewing beer is like making a cake, really. You can have a really good recipe and someone can mix it wrong and it turns out wrong," he said.
"A lot of brewers can have the best formula in the world but if they don't follow it exactly, the beer won't taste any good."
One of the key ingredients for flavour in beer was the quality of water used in the brewing process, Mr Schadel said.
"We use water from the Byron Bay main which is filtered and purified a dozen times before it goes into the beer making process.
"It's as clean and as crisp as any water that's available," Mr Schadel said.
The Good Beer
Award winning Byron Bay premium brewery beers:
Byron Bay Blonde - silver medal
Byron Bay Premium Ale - silver medal
Byron Bay Pilsner - silver medal
Billy Goat Dark Larger - bronze medal
Byron Bay Pale Ale - bronze medal