Beechworth’s famous Bridge Road Brewers has done it again.
The talented team at the Border’s best recognised craft brewery Bridge Road Brewers has again been recognised for their highly successful Beechworth Pale Ale that took out ninth position in Australia’s Hottest Craft Beers of 2017 poll.
The brewery had four beers in the top 100, with Bling IPA coming in at 48, Robust Porter at 92 and Little Bling at 99.
Beechworth Pale is now Victoria’s number one rated Pale Ale.
The Gabs Hottest 100 Craft Beers now in its 10th year has seen Bridge Road Brewers Poll every year with multiple beers since the competition began. More than 2000 beers were nominated from more than 250 breweries, making position number nine for this North East Victorian brewery no small feat.
Beechworth Pale has been in production since 2005, and has appeared in the Hottest 100 since it launched. It has featured in the top 20 every year since 2013 (11th), and broke into the top 10 at number 9 in 2014.
Founder Ben Kraus says it is awesome to see it back in the top 10 among fierce competition in this year with thousands of beer being available for voting.
“With our core range our focus is always quality and continual improvement, and this has been reflected in consistent medals at award events, and most importantly feedback from our customers,”he says.
The back story
Bridge Road Brewers has continued to grow as a locally family owned brewery from an original team of two in 2005 to more than 30 employees .
Their beer is distributed nationally as well as exporting to Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United States. However it is the growth of the beer in their local market that excites them the most.
“In the first years of our existence our beer was sold mainly through our brewery venue or into national capitals such as Melbourne and Brisbane where there was a more mature craft beer scene,”he says.
“However lately we have seen fantastic local support from consumers and venues getting behind something that comes from their own back yard. Outside of Beechworth the larger population areas such as Albury/Wodonga and Wangaratta have really embraced our brand and beers, and we are really proud to represent our region in beer both nationally and internationally.”