Hope Brewery certainly brought their A-Game to this year’s Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show and the awards speak for themselves. Winning a Champion Trophy for Imperial Stout, this is the third year in a row that the team at Hope Brewery have taken out this trophy. Making the showing extra special: every beer t hey entered won a medal in this year’s show! An exceptional feat, across 13 categories, Hope Brewery accepted the Trophy and a Gold Medal for Imperial Stout. Gold Medals for Pale Ale, XPA and Pineapple Sour. Along with Silver Medals for IPA, Lager, Pale Ale, XPA, and Robust Porter. They also brought home Bronze Medals for Lager and Extra Stout. Molly Kearney, Beer Club Manager at Hope Estate, attended the presentation ceremony and accepted the Champion Trophy on behalf of Matt Hogan, Michael Hope and the Hope Brewery Team.
Head brewer Matt Hogan said, “We feel like we’ve won the AFL Premiership! The Sydney Royal Beer & Cider Show hands out the fewest trophys and winning a champion trophy for the third year in a row is no small feat. We know all of our beers are a very high quality but it’s really great to go through a blind judging, by our industry peers, and come out with a result like this. We really hope that this will showcase the consistency of our range. We want our customers to know that when they buy from the Hope range, they’re getting really great beer!”
The Champion winning Imperial Stout, evolved from the Stout Porter, which was a very popular style in London in the 1800s. Imperial Stout is a warm-fermented ale style that is distinguished by its dark, opaque deep brown or black colour and it’s distinct roasted character. This rich flavour is often perceived as dark chocolate or coffee and is moreish to taste. Sitting perfectly in the middle of the sweet to dry spectrum, the Imperial Stout is stylish in it’s harmony of hops and malt. Barrel aged in reclaimed French oak hogheads, this adds a subtle complexity without any oaky dominance. It’s an Imperial, next level, strong beer and worthy of the winning title.
Brewery owner Michael Hope said, “When I got the call from Molly about the wins, my first thought was holy shit – this is a big deal! This is not just us saying ‘this is good beer’. I was just blown away to have the Sydney Royal judges saying wow they’re making good beer!”
Keen to try it? Hope Brewery is located at Hope Estate, two hours north of Sydney, right in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Their Cellar Door is open seven days and you can pick from their range of beer, wine and cider, with eleven varieties of beer on tap and many more in cans to choose from. Celebrate with Hope Brewery and join their Beer Club. Just give Molly Kearney a call on 4993 3555 to find out about the latest Beer Club offers including a $99 Gold Medal Case with 4 of the trophy winning beers. You can also visit your local independent bottle shop or over to our online store to order your beer delivered straight to your door!