(BOLD FOR GOLD: Head brewer John O’Reilly shows off Bold Mariner’s two award-winning beer.)

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The best beers in the world have been tasted and judged at the prestigious 2022 Australian International Beer Awards, with local brewery The Bold Mariner Brewing Co. celebrating after winning two Gold Medals for their Frogman Lager (American Style Amber Lager) and Exchange Rate (American Style Fruited Sour Ale)

This is the first time the veteran-owned business has entered the prestigious competition and The Bold Mariner Brewing Company won the Gary Sheppard Memorial Trophy for the Best New Exhibitor.

“We are so honored to be recognized by the judges at the Melbourne Royal Australian International Beer Awards,” said owner Michael Stacks. “Winning two gold medals and one of the major trophies is a true testament to the talents of our head brewer John O’Reilly. Winning with both a lager and a sour really shows The Bold Mariner Brewing Company’s versatility. It’s such a privilege to be selected out of the biggest and best breweries in the world. I’m absolutely thrilled.”

This year celebrating 29 years, the Australian International Beer Awards are the world’s largest annual beer competition judging both packaged and draught beer. It is conducted by Melbourne Royal, who also conduct the Australian Distilled Spirits Awards and Melbourne Royal Wine Awards.

Around 60 industry experts assessed more than 2,600 entries across five days in May, with beers received from Australia and around the world.

The awards offer entrants the opportunity to benchmark against set criteria; receive invaluable independent feedback from industry experts; and be rewarded for excellence.