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A tweak of the first recipe has turned a Little Creatures original into a champion.

About six months ago the Creatures crew changed the hop in its popular Pilsner.

Head brewer at Little Creature’s Fremantle operation, Russ Gosling, said at the time, “We had a good discussion in the brewhouse around the Pilsner and we all felt it was time to shake it up.”

So the team added a German-devised hop called Perle which gave the Pilsner a subtle but effective taste change.

The Sip wrote “the change in alpha level has turned Little Creatures’ Original Pilsner (4.6 per cent) into a drink that could become one of the revelations of the Australian summer.”

The judges at the Australian Craft Beer Industry awards agreed. Last night the brew was deemed Champion Australian Craft Beer for 2016.

The revamped drop has the hallmarks of a Lager-style summer special before a slightly increased fruity edge is complemented by a strikingly yet refreshing bitterness. That is the where the Perle comes into play.

“We believe we’ve created what we call a creeper – where the bitterness in the beer creeps up on you to deliver uncompromising bitterness and intensity that’s still refreshing, balanced, dry and drinkable,” said


Pirate Life continued to ride their beer juggernaut by taking out the Large Champion Brewery title, also collecting the top prize in the Pale Ale category.

WA’s Colonial Brewing Company topped the Amber Dark Ale category with its Pale Ale.

Others to lead their sections.

Pale Ale: Pirate Life Brewing - Pirate Life Pale Ale Amber Dark Ale: Colonial Brewing Co - Pale Porter-Stout: Black Font Brewhouse - Brown Porter Wheat: Stone & Wood - Stone & Wood Gose Specialty Beer: Green Beacon Brewing Co. - Bourbon Barrel Strong Ale Lager: Little Creatures Brewing - Pilsner IPA (India Pale Ale): Murray's Craft Brewing Co Pty Ltd - Thunderbolt French and Belgian Style: Nomad Brewing Co - Long Trip Saison

Colonial also took home a Pale Ale category gold medal for their Draught as did Gage Roads for Little Dove.

Nail Brewing's Red added a gold medal in the Amber/Dark Ale class to its long list of achievements.

Apart from the awards, the industry enjoyed the Australian Craft Brewers Conference, which provided a series of informative events and programs.

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