Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Wins Top Honors at Prestigious Australian International Beer Awards
On May 19, 2017, the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) named Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s Raspberry Stout as a Gold Medal winner and the Major Trophy recipient in the Specialty Beer category, out of more than 300 entries, more entries than any other category. Hardywood also scored a Bronze in the Wood-Aged category for their Ruse.
“We entered the competition as we were curious to learn how our beers would fare on the world stage. Even if you don’t win, judges offer feedback that can be very helpful,” said Hardywood President and Co-founder Eric McKay. “We were completely blown away that Raspberry Stout received both a Gold Medal and the Major Trophy for the Specialty Beer category.”
Regularly drawing more than 1,700 entries from more than 320 breweries in 36 countries, the AIBA is the world’s largest annual beer competition, judging both draught and packaged beer. Major Trophies are awarded to the best beer in a given style category. Hardywood and Firestone Walker were the only American brewers to win Major Trophies.
Hardywood has previously had success with these beers in major competitions. Raspberry Stout won Gold at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival in the American Fruit Beer category, and Ruse won Bronze at 2016 World Beer Cup in the Barrel-Aged Strong Stout category. Raspberry Stout, a seasonal release from Hardywood, is currently available for purchase at Hardywood’s Richmond and Charlottesville taprooms as well as at select restaurants and retailers across the state. Brown Distributing has a limited amount of Raspberry Stout cases and kegs available, while supplies last.
“Making the podium and trophy case in a major international competition on the other side of the world is a good indication that our beers have the potential to create excitement just about anywhere,” said McKay. “This is a very promising sign as we start exporting to new overseas markets in the years ahead.”
In participation with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s VALET Program, which assists companies throughout Virginia in expanding their international business, Hardywood is in the early stages of exploring the potential of international markets, in anticipation of future increased production coming from the brewery’s new West Creek facility in Goochland. Hardywood has begun selling very small quantities to Singapore and South Korea and, in June, will begin limited distribution of flagships Singel, Pils, and VIPA in the United Kingdom. Hardywood is committed to meeting local demand first. Any international ventures will not impact local availability.
via press release