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Southern Highlands Brewing Wins GOLD and SILVER at the London Beer Competition 


At the 3rd Edition London Beer Competition, which took place in London on June 10, 2020, Southern Highlands Brewing’s Goodfather Porter won a Gold medal, which is the ultimate seal of approval in the global beer industry. It was only one of eight beers to achieve this distinction from hundreds of submissions from Breweries across 25 countries. 


Southern Highlands Brewing’s Celtic Red Ale also won a Silver and the Brewery won “Best in Show by Country”. This follows on from last year’s Bronze for the Brewery’s Australian Blonde Ale, the Naked Harvest. 


In the parallel London Wine Competition D’Arenberg’s Dead Arm Shiraz took Wine of the year and Barossa Distilling Barrel Aged Gin scored Gold in the London Spirits Competition rounding out a great week for the Australians in London.

In order to receive this distinction, the beer needed to score highly in three different categories: Quality, Value and Packaging. The goal of London Beer Competition is to award and celebrate beers that beer buyers want to buy. The competition’s judges examine the many emerging and re-discovered styles which intrigue the drinker and appeal to new and lapsed beer drinkers.


Not only does the London Beer Competition recognise quality, where brewing ability and technical expertise receive peer, buyer, writer and beer sommelier accreditation, the judges also award points and medals for both value and packaging. 


According to CEO, Sid Patel of event organizer Beverage Trade Network,


“The craft beer revolution has brought us many different styles, previously either unknown or re-found. Our judges have thoroughly enjoyed looking at and debating the many different entrants, looking at beers the way beer drinkers do. Yes, they professionally analyse the quality, but crucially make awards by adding appearance and value for money into the mix.”


The judges were selected from all sides of the industry – writing, brewing, trading, beer sommeliers, marketing and educators. During the course of judging, interviews with leading judges revealed the importance of the packaging in process. Some even reported that the packaging influenced the resulting taste and flavour, declaring that it set an expectation which in turn influenced not only how consumers saw the product, but how their senses responded to it once tasted. This underscored the importance that London Beer Competition places on packaging as an element of judging and complete assessment of sensory perception. 

The holistic make-up of the judging panel consisting of beer industry experts from across the commercial buying aspects ensures that all beers selected as winners are exactly the types of beers that are favored by both the beer trade and the end consumer. Beers were judged on the basis of three primary criteria – quality, value and packaging – and then scored on a 100-point scale. Beers that scored 90+ points were awarded Gold medals, 76 to 89 points were awarded Silver medals, whilst Bronze medals were awarded to those that score 65-75 points.




The London Beer Competition is the only beer competition of its kind that rates beers by quality, value and packaging. The organizers of the event are Beverage Trade Network, which organizes alcohol beverage industry events around the world. For more information, please see:


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