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Golden Night for MP Craft Brewers

The Independent Beer Awards is a celebration of independent beer, the extraordinary people who create it and the innovation shown through production. Mornington Peninsula brewers did the region proud.

It was a golden night for Dainton Brewery. From a total of 10 beers submitted, the team claimed six Gold Medals including a Best Beer in Category Trophy for Apocalypso II Second Wave NEIPA featuring Victorian Premier Dan Andrews on the label art. They were also judged Champion Victorian Brewery before capping off the night with the big one: Champion Australian Brewery!

Dainton shared “To be recognised among Australia's finest and most excellent breweries is truly an honour. Congratulations to the other winners and a huge thank you to the IBA and sponsors and the incredibly hardworking team behind the scenes which moved mountains to make the night a reality.  In such a challenging year, to not just survive but to thrive is a true testament to the passion and hard work of our brewing team - absolute legends!

Dedicated gluten-free brewery, TWØBAYS based in the Dromana Industrial Estate on the Mornington Peninsula, won a gold medal for its Pale Ale, the first gold medal behind the bar.

The Pale Ale was the first beer released when TWØBAYS opened Australia's only dedicated gluten-free brewery and taproom almost two years ago.

“We are absolutely ecstatic to have been awarded this gold medal as it’s a real reflection of the quality of our beers,” says CEO and Founder Richard Jeffares.

"To receive a gold medal, your beer has to be of an exceptional standard – it's not a first-second-third-place scenario – many categories don't award any gold medals! We're so grateful for the amazing team we've built over the last two years, and we're looking forward to being awarded many more medals! I started this brewery and opened a Taproom so that people could safely explore beer and compare notes with friends and family over gluten-free pizza just metres away from the stainless steel. What has really surprised us, is how many ‘non-gluten free’ customers come in just to explore beers made from alternative malts, like millet and buckwheat. And their feedback has been overwhelmingly positive!”

Jetty Road Brewery was awarded a gold medal for its Pale Ale, silver for its Draught and five bronze for their IPA, Red IPA, 1988 Russian Imperial Stout, Infinite 8 IIPA and Blueberry Sour Beer. Over 1,000 entries were judged by a panel of respected beer professionals to select the best beers and award trophies to the most outstanding beer in each class.

Seeking to build a long future for the beer industry, the Independent Beer Awards celebrates quality and locally owned products in the marketplace.  

Jetty Road explained, "These awards are an important platform to drive consumer awareness of the exceptional quality and diversity of products coming from craft brewers and their outstanding contribution to the country’s thriving beer culture.”


To meet the new generation of brewers, cider makers and distillers up close and where they practice their craft, explore our Beer, Cider and Spirits Trail to sip your way through the homegrown flavours of the Mornington Peninsula.

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