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About The Beeries

The Beeries is a big party! It's a party to celebrate our good beer and cider community. It doubles as an awards night at which we recognise individuals who have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to our beer and cider industry. It's our 'night of nights' and 300 of the industry and those that make the industry possible – our beer and cider lovers – are there to enjoy it.

On the evening, the ice buckets at the Royal International Convention Centre are filled with beer and cider donated by the industry. It’s a chance for breweries and cider producers to share their brews with the community.

100% of proceeds raised from The Beeries are donated to Brewsvegas, a not-for-profit organisation.

The awards focus on individual contributions of people to our beer and cider community. Both the industry and the public have the opportunity to vote and the awards are announced and presented at The Beeries each September at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane. We look forward to celebrating with you!


Best Beer Tender: Shani Finch, Netherworld

sponsored by Hawkers Beer

Best Brewery/Cidery Rep: Kris Kempnich, Young Henrys

sponsored by Brewsvegas

Best Beer & Cider Retailer: Phil Guilletmot, Cellarbrations Bowen Hills

sponsored by Stone & Wood Brewing

Best Cider Maker: Tim Jones, Willie Smith’s Cider Makers

sponsored by Cider Australia

Best Brewer: Lachlan Crothers, Ballistic Beer

sponsored by Bintani

Best New Brewery or Cidery (opened after 1 January 2017): Revel Brewing Co., Bulimba

sponsored by BOC Limited

Gold Beery for Best Community Contributor: Chicks With Ales - CWA, Kerry Claydon

sponsored by the Beer InCider Experience

Special Achievement Award: Russell Steele

sponsored by Balter Brewing Company


Best Beer Tender

Sponsored by Hawkers Beer

The Nominees are:

  • Lea Angeles, Zero Fox

  • Simon Booy, Saccharomyces Beer Cafe

  • Ali Cat, Black Hops Taproom

  • Shani Finch, Netherworld

  • Ben Gibson, The Mill on Constance

  • Leigh Graham, Ploughman

  • Jimmy Hillsdon, Tippler's Tap

Best Brewery/Cidery Rep

Sponsored by Brewsvegas

The Nominees are:

  • Kris Kempnich, Young Henrys

  • Melissa Hurley, Prancing Pony

  • Kris Railton, Black Hops Brewing

  • Sam Shelton, The Hills Cider Company

  • Ben Taylor, Mornington Peninsula

  • Jeremy Wittkopp, Calibre

Best Beer & Cider Retailer

Sponsored by Stone & Wood

The Nominees are:

  • Kate Anlezark, Sense of Taste

  • Trent Best, Vine Liquor Mart

  • Phil Guilletmot, Cellarbrations Bowen Hills

  • Tanya & Tony Harper, Craft Wine Store

  • Jamie Mackay, The Valley Wine Store

  • Charlie McKenzie, The Wine Emporium

  • Chris Moy, Cellarbrations Wises Road (Sunshine Coast)

  • Jeremy Whish, Black Sheep Bottle Shop

  • Chris White & Matt Francis, Bottlemart Boondall


Best Cider Maker

Sponsored by Cider Australia

The Nominees are:

  • Rich Coombes, Batlow Cider

  • Steve Dorman, The Hills Cider Company

  • Tim Jones, Willie Smith's

  • Adam Marks, Bress Cider

Best Brewer

Sponsored by Bintani

The Nominees are:

  • Lachlan Crothers, Ballistic Brewing

  • Scott Hargrave, Balter Brewing

  • Michael McGovern, Black Hops Brewing

  • Johann van der Walt, Green Beacon

  • Ian Watson, Slipstream Brewing

Best New Brewery (opened after 1 Jan 2017)

Sponsored by BOC Gas

The Nominees are:

  • Archer Brewing, Spring Hill

  • Helios Brewing, Yeerongpilly

  • Lost Palms, Miami

  • Range Brewing, Newstead

  • Revel Brewing, Bulimba

  • Semi-Pro Brewing Co, East Brisbane

  • Slipstream Brewing, Yeerongpilly

  • White Brick Brewing, North Lakes

Gold Beery for Best community contributor

Sponsored by the Beer InCider Experience

The Nominees are:

  • Chicks With Ales (CWA) - Kerry Claydon
    A group run by women, for women, brought together by the love of good beer. CWA is a free, open membership to women of all ages, from 18 - 118. Meet ups are usually held once a month and have included everything from brewery tours, bar openings and pub crawls to other beer-focused events.

    We love that CWA is inspiring women to become involved in the beer community and in turn making our community a better place for all involved. Here's cheers to more women brewers, reps, beer tenders and drinkers!

  • Helios Brewing - Jayne, Charlie, Scott & Tony
    Helios Brewing has been custom-designed to maximise energy and water efficiency, minimise waste and its carbon-footprint while capitalising on renewable natural resources. In a first for an Australian brewery, Helios designed an innovative solar thermal system where cold water is passed through 90 evacuated tube collectors on its roof and heated to over 90°C. The water is then stored before being transferred to its mash tun, meaning that no power is required for the first half of the brewing process. This is just one example of their innovative use of technology to minimise their impact.

    Nominated for their commitment to environmental sustainability, we love that Helios Brewing is producing great beer with great environmental practices. A true leader in our community setting a wonderful example for us all to follow.

Special Achievement Award

Sponsored by Balter Brewing Company

The award recipient will be selected by the Advisory Panel and the award presented at The Beeries awards night on Thursday 20 September 2018.


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2017 winners

The inaugural Beeries was held in September 2017 at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane. Read on for a full list of last year’s winners.


Thanks to our very generous friends, guests of the 2018 Beeries enjoyed brews on the night from Aether Brewing, Akasha Brewing Company, All Inn Brewing, Archer Brewing, Balter, Batlow Cider, BentSpoke Brewing Co, Cuttings Wine, Diablo, Fonzie Abbott, Gage Roads Brewing, Green Beacon, Hawkers Beer, KAIJU! Beer & Golden Axe Cider, Killer Sprocket, Mornington Peninsula Brewery, Range Brewing, Revel Brewing Co, Stone & Wood Brewing Co, Wayward Brewing Co, Welder’s Dog Brewing, Young Henrys Brewing Co and Your Mates Brewing Co. Cheers!

guest speaker

We were delighted to welcome The Crafty Pint's James Smith as the 2018 guest speaker. James joined our MC, ABC's Rebecca Levingston on stage for an interesting and engaging Q&A.

Advisory Panel

The Beeries is proudly brought to you by some of Queensland's best in the business. This group of beer and cider lovers form the advisory panel. 



Thank you to our sponsors for supporting The Beeries.