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We’re proud to say that our Pacific Ale has been voted as Australia’s best beer by a panel of respected industry members in The Critics Choice: Australia’s Best Beers, the latest beer book to hit the shelves.
We don’t enter our beer into competitions or awards because our brews don’t fit into the tightly defined pigeon holes that are used to judge them and we just aren’t driven by them anyway. So for our Pacific Ale to be voted the number one beer in the country by thirty nine brewers, beer writers, and bar and bottle shop operators is just a bit overwhelming really, especially given the quality and diversity of the beers that made the top 100.
It’s been five years this week that we have been working on building Stone & Wood and nearly two and a half years since we started brewing. We now have our beers in a lot of the good bars and bottle shops around the country, and continue to work hard at producing beer of a consistent quality that is simply good to drink. We were struggling to keep up with demand over summer so we recently pushed the button on another upgrade to the brewery, which will give us an increase of about 40% in our production capacity.
Our Pacific Ale is an example of our philosophy of letting the best ingredients shine through in our beers. Galaxy is a new world hop that produces those renowned tropical fruit characters and Pacific Ale really takes those flavours and puts them out on the stage for all to see.
Getting this type of endorsement from our peers in the industry certainly puts a bit of a spring in our step and we really want to thank the members of the panel for their recognition and the huge number of people who have congratulated us on the win for their kind words of encouragement.
But this accolade and all that we have achieved so far could not have been possible without the support of our small team at Stone & Wood, family, friends, good customers and the many people who have been buying our beer, so to you guys (and you know who you are) a massive thanks for all the help on the ride so far.
Anyway, we need to get back to brewing and introducing people to craft beer, so take it easy and we’ll catch you later.
Jamie, Brad and Ross