It's been a big week in beer and cider circles with The Beeries announcing their inaugural award nominees!
The Nominees - Best Beer Tender
Ben Gibson - The Mill, Brett Fitzpatrick - Fitz + Potts, Emily Phoebe Smith - Brewski, Evan Lloyd - Ballistic Beer, Georgie Levi - The Scratch, Joel Vincent - The Burrow, Jimmy Nails - Netherworld, Jason Dean Poffley - Green Beacon, Simon Booy - Saccharomyces Beer Café.
The Nominees - Best Brewery or Cidery Rep
Anna Webb - Stockade Brew Co, Ben Taylor - Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Brad Fidge - 4 Pines, Dan Blundell - Newstead Brewing, Dan Rickard - Calibre, Gino Thimious - Holgate, Harrison Scarf - Green Beacon, Kris Kempnich - Young Henrys, Lou Klatte - Stone & Wood, Sam Shelton - Hills Cider & Mismatch.
The Nominees - Best Beer & Cider Retailer
Charlie McKenzie - Wine Emporium, Chris Moy - Wises Road Cellarbrations (Sunshine Coast), Jamie Mackay - The Valley Wine Store, Jeremy Whish - Black Sheep Bottle Shop, Kate Anlezark - Cellarbrations Grange, Phil Guilletmot - Cellarbrations Bowen Hills, Sam Kent - Malt Traders, Trent Best - Vine Liquor Mart.
The Nominees - Best Cider Maker
Adam Marks - Bress Cider, Harry Moses - Pagan Cider, Luke Rutland - Treehouse Cider, Rich Coombs - Batlow Cider, Steve Dorman - Hills Cider Company, Tim Jones - Willie Smiths.
The Nominees - Best Brewer
Gavin Croft - Croft Brewing, Ian Watson - Slipstream Brewing, Johann van der Walt - Green Beacon, Lachlan Crothers - Ballistic Brewing, Matt Jancauskas - Brouhaha, Michael McGovern - Black Hops Brewing, Scott Hargrave - Balter Brewing, Tim Goulding - Brewtal Brewers.
The Nominees - Gold Beery for Best Community Contributor
Gillian Letham - Gill has made a huge contribution to our beer and cider community. Gill is one of the driving forces behind Brewsvegas a not for profit week long beer festival, she is a top contributor to Blood Sweat & Craft Beers each year raising about $8,000 in 2015 & 2016, Gill has just walked 100km and raised $8,000 for Oxfam (and turned up to work at The Mill the next day!) and her venues The Mill and The Oxford Tap House have tapped countless Karma Kegs and hosted numerous charity events. A legendary contribution.
Jimmy Gold & Jared Palu - Jimmy and Jared founded Blood Sweat & Craft Beers to raise funds for charity by participating in the City 2 South each year. In 2016 the team raised almost $40,000 and was the highest fund raising team across the whole event. Since its inception, Blood Sweat & Craft Beers has raised close to $100,000 for charity. Just as significantly, it has created a legion of beer drinking runners and our community has been brought together through running. A mighty achievement from two fantastic individuals.
Mark Howes - Mark's contributions are numerous. Mark (through Newstead Brewing Co) has sponsored a PhD student to research, document and develop some wild yeasts of Brisbane. Mark has made significant contributions to the growth and development of gypsy brewing in Brisbane. Old Newstead is now a second home to Brisbane's gypsy brewing community. Mark's generosity is also continuously demonstrated through fundraising activities for charities. This year Mark generously brewed and donated the entire batch of the Brewsvegas Beer in 2017 - all of which became karma kegs that raised tens of thousands of dollars! A seriously class act from a great contributor who we are lucky to have as part of our community.
You can make your voice heard and vote for your favourite beer contributors now. Just head over to The Beeries website.