Queensland brewers swept a bunch of the major prizes at last night’s Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne.

In the face of a record number of entries this year the Queensland contingent took out a swag of gold medals and two of the three major trophies.

Teneriffe’s Green Beacon Brewing was named Champion Medium Australian Brewery showing that its rapid recent growth (including the construction of a new production brewery in Banyo) hasn’t affected its quality since winning Champion Small Australian Brewery last year. Beacon also collected four gold medals.

Burleigh Heads’ Black Hops Brewing was named Champion Small Australian Brewery, adding to its haul of five gold medals and a trophy for Best Belgian-French Ale.

A total of eight Queensland breweries collected 16 gold medals, including newcomers Milton’s Aether Brewing and Yeronga’s Slipstream Brewing, which were both also finalists in the Best New Brewery category.

Others to collect top honours for their ales were Ballistic Brewing, Newstead Brewing, Fortitude Brewing and White Lies.

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The Australian International Beer Awards are the country’s largest and most prestigious beer awards and attract more than 2000 entries from around the world. This is the second time in two years Queensland breweries have taken home some of the major trophies.

The success comes after the news earlier this year that Brisbane led the country in craft-brewery openings in 2017.