Melbourne brewer wins World’s Best Porter

Melbourne’s Brick Lane Brewing Co has won World’s Best Porter at the 2021 World Beer Awards for its Revolver Dark Hoppy Ale.

The judges said the porter had a “lovely pour with off white head. Aroma is hoppy green with coffee. Toasted chocolate flavour is more green hops, milk chocolate, espresso martini with a slightly spicey/ bitter finish. Velvety body, medium light, luscious if slightly black IPA in hop char.”

Porter is a style of beer that was developed in London, England, in the early 18th century. It’s well-hopped and dark in appearance owing to the use of brown malt. The name originated from its popularity with street and river porters. 

The organisers saw an incredible number of entries this year, from some of the very best brewers from all around the world. Despite COVID and Brexit-related delays, the Awards have been able to go ahead. Each beer is tasted by a panel of international beer experts in its relevant style to identify and select the style winner in each country.

“This is an incredible recognition for our brewing team and the dedication they consistently show to our beers,” said Brick Lane head brewer Jon Seltin. “Revolver is a particular staff favourite and something we really look forward to brewing each winter. To have this recognised at the World Beer Awards is really something special.”

“Quality underpins everything we do at Brick Lane” added Paul Bowker, CEO and Founder of Brick Lane Brewing. “We have built a world class brewery from scratch and surrounded ourselves with a community of extraordinarily talented brewers. Our biggest thrill is seeing people enjoying our beers and knowing the effort that has gone into each drop from our local Victorian barley growers and maltsters through to some of the best hop growers in the country. We absolutely love that Revolver has not only been a tremendous success in introducing people to the beauty of porters but is now also crowned the World’s Best.”

Brick Lane head brewer Jon Seltin told The Crafty Pint: “This award [the World’s Best] is more meaningful as it’s up against good beers from all over the world. There’s a lot of entries from the US and Europe, and I know they take it very seriously in South America.”

Brick Lane also won Gold for its One Love Pale Ale and Red Hoppy Ale.

Australia took out one other trophy at the World Beer Awards, with O’Brien’s Belgian Ale named World’s Best Specialty Gluten Free Beer.

Check out the complete list of results here.

Revolver Dark Hoppy Ale can be found for a limited time on the Brick Lane website, Dan Murphy’s, Craft Cartel online and good independent retailers across the country.

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