Winners of Royal Adelaide Beer & Cider Awards revealed

Articles published under the media release byline are news produced by the relevant business and remain unedited by Brews News. This media release was circulated by the Royal Adelaide Show.

A paddle of beer at a brewery taproom


Adelaide Hills Brewery Lobethal Beirhaus has taken home three of the top trophies in the year’s Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards (RABCA).

Lobethal Bierhaus Irish Red Ale was awarded Champion Ale, Most Outstanding Beer in Show and Champion Small Brewery, whilst Champion Large Brewery was awarded to Vale Brewing.

Local beer stalwarts Coopers took home both the Champion Reduced Alcohol Beer and Champion Porter or Stout with their Coopers Mild Ale and Coopers Best Extra Stout respectively.

Other local brewers finding success included Pikes Beer Company with their Raspberry Berliner-style Weisse (Champion Specialty Beer) and first-time entrant Bond Store Wallaroo awarded Best New Exhibit for their Bond Store Lager.

James Boag’s Premium Lager won Champion Lager. Daylesford Cider won Best Cider in Show and the Best South Australian Cider exhibit was awarded to The Hills Cider Company Apple Cider.

Established in 1844 and relaunched in its current format in 2010, RABCA celebrates its tenth year in a new format, recognising the importance of Australia’s $7 billion beer and cider industry.
Brewing legend and Chair of Judges Stephen Nelsen says the Awards were particularly important to the industry given the impacts of Covid-19.

“This year’s awards attracted 254 entries from 45 brewers of all sizes from across Australia and New Zealand, with all entries judged blind by an expert industry panel,” Mr Nelsen said.

The Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards was one of few beer and cider competitions around Australia to proceed in 2020 due to Covid-19.

Back to News Releases