Stone & Wood reigns supreme as nation’s fav craft beer

The Great Australian Beer Spectapular (GABS) hottest 100 for 2016 has been released and for the second year running Stone & Wood’s ‘Pacific Ale’ has been listed as Australia’s number one craft beer.

The Byron Bay brew that dethroned Feral’s ‘Hop Hog’ one year ago has retained its position, while Adelaide brewery, Pirate Life, moved into second position courtesy of its 8.8% ABV ‘Double IPA’.

The list also features a number of new and independent brews, such as Western Australia’s ‘Little Dove’ and ‘Modus Pale’ from Modus Operandi on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

2016 GABS Hottest 100:

1. Pacific Ale – Australian Pale Ale – Stone and Wood Brewing Co

2. IIPA – Double IPA – Pirate Life Brewing

3. Hop Hog – American Pale Ale – Feral Brewing Company

4. XPA – American Pale Ale – Balter – NEW

5. IPA – American IPA – Pirate Life Brewing

6. Little Dove – American Pale Ale – Gage Roads Brewing Co – NEW

7. Pale Ale – American Pale Ale – Pirate Life Brewing

8. Crankshaft – American IPA – BentSpoke Brewery

9. Former Tenant – American IPA – Modus Operandi Brewing Co

10. Pale Ale – American Pale Ale – 4 Pines Brewing Co

11. IPA – American IPA – Fixation Brewing Co.

12. War Hog – American IPA – Feral Brewing Company

13. Beechworth Pale Ale – American Pale Ale – Bridge Road Brewers

14. 150 Lashes – Australian Pale Ale – James Squire

15. Pale Ale – American Pale Ale – Little Creatures

16. Newtowner – Australian Pale Ale – Young Henrys Brewing Company

17. Indian Summer Ale – Australian Pale Ale – 4 Pines Brewing Co

18. Kolsch – Kölsch – 4 Pines Brewing Co

19. Barley Griffin – Australian Pale Ale – BentSpoke Brewery

20. Throwback IPA – IPA (Specialty) – Pirate Life Brewing

21. Sonic Prayer – American IPA – Modus Operandi Brewing Co

22. Taco – Specialty Beer – Two Birds Brewing

23. India Red Ale – American IPA – Prancing Pony Brewery

24. Golden Stout Time – Sweet Stout – Big Shed Brewing

25. Korben D. – Double IPA – Akasha Brewing Co

26. Single Fin – British Golden Ale – Gage Roads Brewing Co

27. Three Sheets – Australian Pale Ale – Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel

28. Cloud Catcher – Australian Pale Ale – Stone and Wood Brewing Co

29. Karma Citra – IPA (Specialty) – Feral Brewing Company

30. Atomic – American Pale Ale – Gage Roads Brewing Co

31. Coffee Ramjet 2016 – Wood-Aged Beer – Boatrocker Brewing Co – NEW

32. Tusk – Nov 2016 – IPA (Specialty) – Feral Brewing Company – NEW

33. Nail Red – American Amber Ale – Nail Brewing

34. Ramjet 2016 – Wood-Aged Beer – Boatrocker Brewing Co – NEW

35. Dark – Dark Mild – White Rabbit Brewery

36. Summer Ale – Blonde Ale – Mountain Goat Beer

37. Wild Yak – Australian Pale Ale – Yak Ales – NEW

38. Steam Ale – California Common – Mountain Goat Beer

39. Kosciuszko Pale Ale – Australian Pale Ale – Kosciuszko Brewing Company

40. Grizz – American Amber Ale – 2 Brothers Brewery

41. Small Ale – IPA (Specialty) – Colonial Brewing Company

42. Dog Days – American Wheat – Little Creatures

43. Footscray Ale – American Pale Ale – West City Brewing

44. Spearhead – Australian Pale Ale – Cricketers Arms

45. Vanilla Milk Stout – Sweet Stout – Thirsty Crow

46. Modus Pale – American Pale Ale – Modus Operandi Brewing Co

47. Furphy Refreshing Ale – Kölsch – Little Creatures

48. American Amber Ale – American Amber Ale – 4 Pines Brewing Co

49. Nail VPA – American Pale Ale – Nail Brewing

50. Californicator – American IPA – Big Shed Brewing

51. Freshie Salt & Pepper – Gose – Nomad Brewing Co

52. Mt Tennent Pale Ale – American Pale Ale – Pact Beer Co

53. Fat Yak – American Pale Ale – Yak Ales

54. Kung Foo – Pale Lager – 2 Brothers Brewery

55. KRUSH! – American Pale Ale – KAIJU! Beer – NEW

56. Windjammer – American IPA – Green Beacon Brewing Co

57. Reginald – American IPA – Blackman’s Brewery

58. Pale Ale – American Pale Ale – Hawkers Beer

59. Session Ale – Australian Pale Ale – Mismatch Brewing Company

60. Calypso – Pale Ale (American-style) – Odyssey Craft Brewing Co.

61. 8BiT – American IPA – Stockade Brew Co – NEW

62. Hop Thief 8 – American Pale Ale – James Squire – NEW

63. The Chop – American IPA – Hop Nation Brewing Co – NEW

64. Sunset Ale – American Amber Ale – Two Birds Brewing

65. IPA – American IPA – Little Creatures

66. Rogers’ Beer – American Amber Ale – Little Creatures

67. Watermelon Warhead – Berliner Weisse – Feral Brewing Company

68. Hop Culture – American IPA – Mornington Peninsula Brewery – NEW

69. Miss Pinky – Soured Fruit Beer – Boatrocker Brewing Co

70. Bright Ale – Blonde Ale – Little Creatures

71. Sly Fox – American Pale Ale – Feral Brewing Company

72. Hop Thief 7 – American Pale Ale – James Squire

73. Praline – Belgian Specialty Ale – La Sirène Brewing

74. Copy Cat – American IPA – Mash Brewing

75. Elsie The Milk Stout – Sweet Stout – Batch Brewing Co

76. Fancy Pants – American Amber Ale – Mountain Goat Beer

77. The Fox – Vienna-style Lager – Rabbit & Spaghetti Brewing Co.

78. Growler – American Brown Ale – 2 Brothers Brewery

79. IPA – American IPA – Hawkers Beer

80. Peanut Brittle Gose – Gose – Bacchus Brewing Co

81. Rare Breed: Pulped Fiction Blood Orange IPA – Double IPA – Mountain Goat Beer – NEW

82. Yenda Pale Ale – Australian Pale Ale – Australian Beer Co

83. Garden Ale – Australian Pale Ale – Stone and Wood Brewing Co

84. Hazelnut Brown – Brown Ale (UK-style) – Bad Shepherd

85. Bling Bling – Double IPA – Bridge Road Brewers

86. Beach Ale – Blonde Ale – Odyssey Craft Brewing Co. – NEW

87. Mornington Pale – American Pale Ale – Mornington Peninsula Brewery

88. Fred – IPA (American-style) – Murray’s Craft Brewing Co

89. Imperial IPA – IPA (Specialty) – 4 Pines Brewing Co – NEW

90. F-Yeah – American Pale Ale – Big Shed Brewing

91. Session IPA – American IPA – Modus Operandi Brewing Co – NEW

92. Bling – American IPA – Bridge Road Brewers

93. Project #22: Bert (The Royal Albert Collab) – Australian Pale Ale – Colonial Brewing Company – NEW

94. Sourpuss – Berliner Weisse – Wayward Brewing Company

95. B.F.H. (Barrel Fermented Hog) – American IPA – Feral Brewing Company

96. 28 – American Pale Ale – Burleigh Brewing Company

97. Thanks Captain Obvious – American IPA – BrewCult

98. ALT Brown – American Brown Ale – Balter – NEW

99. The Chancer – Blonde Ale – James Squire

100. Hopsmith – American IPA – Akasha Brewing Co

NEW – First brewed in 2016

Photo: Great Australian Beer Spectapular

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