BentSpoke wins gold and silver at the IBA 2019

Our cloudy but fine, Barley Griffin has taken out gold at the the International Brewing & Cider Awards for the second time in a row! Our flagship Crankshaft has also been awarded silver, also for the second time.

The International Brewing Awards are amongst the most prestigious of its kind, known for having high standards, judged by industry peers and highlighting the best beers in the world. In the ever-growing world of craft beer, the holding your place in the podium finish is no easy thing.

“We’re really proud that Canberra is up there on the world stage,” said head brewer and co-owner Richard Watkins. “In the ever-growing world of craft beer, holding your place in the podium finish is no easy thing.”

The competition – attracting over 1,000 entries from 50 countries – was judged by an international panel of judges, all of whom must be professional brewers. Only three other Australian breweries were recognised in the awards.

With a 130-year history, the International Brewing & Cider Awards medal is the oldest brewing competition in the world and is considered among the industry’s most coveted awards. Over 200 breweries and cider mills submit entries and medals for judging in nine beer categories.

Speaking of this year’s medal winners, Ruth Evans MBE, Director of Brewing Technology Services who oversees the awards said, “These awards are a bastion of excellence, and we are always sincerely impressed by the talent of the medal winners. With each round of awards, the standards are pushed ever higher. Competition is fierce, and receiving a medal is an achievement to be truly proud of.”