A small craft brewery in Melbourne’s Inner East has taken the major prize at the Royal Adelaide Beer and Cider Awards.

Bodriggy Brewing Company was awarded most outstanding beer in show and champion American style pale ale with its Highbinder, ahead of more fancied South Australian hopes, including Coopers and Pirate Life.

img - BodriggerThe Abbotsford brewery also took best new exhibit at the awards ceremony, held at the Adelaide Showgrounds.

However, it wasn’t a dry show for South Australia, with Pirate Life winning champion India pale ale, Champion South Australian exhibit and champion large brewery trophies.

Coopers Sparkling Ale was awarded the trophy for best Australian style pale ale.

The awards were staged at the Adelaide Showgrounds in conjunction with the opening of the Adelaide Beer & Barbecue Festival.

It was the final event in what has been a massive week for craft beer in the South Australian capital, which has also included the Australian Craft Brewers Conference and the Craft Beer Awards.

RABCA committee chair, Simon Fahey, said the awards, run by the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society of South Australia, recognise the importance of Australia’s $7 billion beer and cider industry.

He said: “This year’s awards attracted 224 entries from 50 brewers of all sizes from across Australia and New Zealand, with all entries judged blind by an expert industry panel.”

South Australian brewery Vale Brewing won three awards for its Mid-Coast (champion reduced-alcohol beer), Knee Slapper German Pilsner (champion Pilsner) and Amber Lager (champion other lager).

West Australian brewery Nail Brewing Australia also won awards for its Red (other ale) and Clout Stout (champion stout), as well as being named champion medium brewery. It shared the stout category with Clare Valley Brewing Co (SA).

The Hills Cider Company, from the Adelaide Hills, dominated the cider awards, winning both best cider and best perry.