The Gold Coast Craft Beer community is a very tight-knit fraternity, so it was great to see a group of us doing well at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show (RQFWS) Beer Awards held at the Brisbane Showgrounds on March 13.
A strong team of dark hops turned up on the day, including the founder of Dark Hops himself, Eddie and Govs, and the brewing team (Toshi, Curran and Gareth). We all soaked up the atmosphere (and the beer) had a great time networking with many industry insiders from breweries around Australia.
There were many awards and we were honoured to receive gold medals for Pale Ale, Bumblebee and Code Red and on the night received four trophies for.
Champion Queensland Brewery
Champion Pale Ale (Hornet IPA)
Champion IPA (Code Red)
Winning these four awards is an exciting result for us, and it’s a full credit to Govs and the brewing team for producing a gold medal beer.
While it’s great to be recognized by the industry, we are equally pleased to see that our Gold Coast Craft Brewery, Burleigh Brewing Company, Balt Brewing Company and Cullenbine Valley Brewing Company have also done well.
Burleigh Brewing was named “Grand Champion Beer” for its limited release classic German-style beer, Burleigh Bock.
Balter also won the “Beer of the Championship” award and was awarded the Captain’s Wise Medium Strength Beer.
Cullenbine Valley received two bronze medals in their first ever awards ceremony, recognizing local pale ales and strong beers.
The Queensland Awards were the first in six years and we are delighted to receive the award each March, allowing all breweries to gain valuable feedback leading up to the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBAs) in May.
These results further underline the high standing of the Gold Coast craft beer industry and the fact that we can compete with anywhere in the country when it comes to brewing quality beer.
Cheers to a prosperous 2019 for all Gold Coast brewers.
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Since then, Black Hops has gone from strength to strength, rapidly expanding to over 400 venues and retail outlets, including Dan Murphys and BWS stores, and winning a number of industry awards along the way, including.
The prestigious ‘Australian Small Brewery Champion’ award at the 2018 AIBAs.
Champion Brewery, Champion Queensland Brewery, Champion Pale Ale: Gold and Champion IPA: Gold at the Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show Beer Awards in March 2019.
In March 2019, the company launched its new second brewery, Black Hops II, a full-scale production brewery, and a 150sqm bespoke restaurant at Biggera Waters on the north end of the Gold Coast.
To help fund the new brewery,
a highly successful equity crowdfunding campaign was launched, achieving a number of milestones.
First brewery in Australia to launch a successful equity crowdfunding campaign.
The first Australian company to run a rewards-based campaign on Pozible and a successful equity campaign on its sister platform Birchal.
This is the fastest campaign ever to reach the minimum target (8 hours and 15 minutes) in Australia.
It was the first ever Australian stock crowdfunding campaign to reach its highest goal ($400,000 in 6 days).
The upcoming launch of Black Hops in NSW, Victoria and South Australia marks an exciting new phase in the company’s development as a major player in the Australian craft beer sector.