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FogHorn Brewery wins BIG at Australian International Beer Awards

The beer boffins over at FogHorn Brewery have five more reasons to “blow the froth off a couple” after taking home a swag of gongs at the 2021 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA).

The Newcastle-based alehouse, which expanded operations into the Hunter Valley in 2020, took out the Gold Medal and Major Trophy in the Best British or European Style Ale category for its Hunter Kolsch.

FogHorn Brewery head brewer and CEO Shawn Sherlock said he was over the moon with the win, adding that it was indicative of the teamwork displayed between the Newcastle and Hunter locations.

“It is a great result for the FogHorn team and an award we are really proud of,” Shawn said.

“Hunter Kolsch is a beer that Keith [Grice, FogHorn Hunter brewer] and the guys based at FogHorn Hunter have been brewing for a long time and are rightly proud of.

“As we’ve grown we’ve been brewing Hunter Kolsch in our larger capacity King Street Newcastle brewery, including the trophy-winning batch. It is a great example of our Hunter and Newcastle sites coming together and producing world-class beers.”

However the plaudits continued to come thick and fast for the Novocastrian hops wranglers with FogHorn also taking home a gold medal for their Remedy Saison, silver medals for the Slaked Magpie Vanilla Milk Porter and Cold IPA, and a bronze for the Sligo Extra Stout.

CRAFTY: FogHorn CEO and head brewer Shawn Sherlock with a schooner of the award-winning Hunter Kolsch. Picture: Supplied

“It is really pleasing to have the team achieving such consistently high standards across our range – and across such a diverse group of beer styles,” Shawn said.

“I couldn’t be happier and the recognition from the judges is a great reward for the Foghorn team’s hard work across the past year.”

The Australian International Beer Awards includes entries from around the world and, this year, attracted more than 2,600 entries from 402 brewers in 26 countries.

So, let’s hear it for FogHorn!