The 2016 ALIA winners revealed

 

The 2016 Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA) has once again celebrated the leading retailers, brands, venues and personnel in Australia’s liquor industry.

The 2016 Australian Liquor Industry Awards

The awards, which were co-hosted by IRI, HOSTPLUS and NILWA, once again saw around 600 people from all aspects of the Australian liquor industry head to Randwick racecourse for the industry’s night of nights.

The night kicked off with pre-drinks from Coopers and RATU Premium Rum, as well as networking bars from Archie Rose, Coopers, Kegstar and RATU Premium Rum.

After the pre-drinks the awards started and this year the night was MC’d by Shane Jacobsen who took the attendees through the 53 awards with much humour and delight. The award sponsors on the night included Asahi Premium Beverages, Pernod Ricard Australia, Fox Sports Venues, Bacardi –Martini Australia, Lion, Kegstar, Jack Daniel’s, Tip Top Bakery, RATU Premium Rum, Presfast, Ernst & Young, BrightSide Executive Search, Merch & Effect and TimeOut.

The night’s major awards saw wins for Asahi Soukai for the New Product of the Year; Jack Daniel’s for Liquor Brand of the Year; Dan Murphy’s was named Retail Group of the Year and The Oak Barrel Sydney won Liquor Store of the Year.

The other two major awards saw Diageo named as the On-Premise Liquor Supplier of the Year, ahead of the highly commended Vanguard Luxury Brands, while Pernod Ricard was named as the Off-Premise Supplier of the Year, ahead of the highly commended Diageo.

The full list of winners can be seen below.

Full Strength Beer
WINNER: Coopers Pale Ale
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Great Northern Brewing Co. Original Lager

Mid & Low Strength Beer
WINNER: Asahi Soukai
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Coopers Mild Ale

Low Carbohydrate
WINNER: Pure Blonde Premium
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Hahn Super Dry

Premium Domestic
WINNER: James Boag’s Premium
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Coopers Sparkling Ale

International Beer
WINNER: Asahi Super Dry
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Peroni Nastro Azzurro

Australian Craft
WINNER: Stone & Wood Pacific Ale
HIGHLY COMMENDED: 4 Pines Pale Ale

International Craft
WINNER: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Brooklyn Lager

Cider
WINNER: Somersby
HIGHLY COMMENDED: 5 Seeds

Best Marketed Beer or Cider
WINNER: Coopers
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Great Northern Brewing Co.

WINE
Red Wine – $12 and Under
WINNER: Jacob’s Creek Classic
HIGHLY COMMENDED: McGuigan Black Label

Red Wine – $12 to $25
WINNER: Pepperjack
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Wynns Coonawarra

Red Wine – $25 and Over
WINNER: St Hugo
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Henschke

White Wine – $12 and Under
WINNER: Jacob’s Creek Classic
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Houghton Classic

W hite Wine – $12 to $25
WINNER: Brown Brothers
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Evans & Tate Classic; Fifth Leg

White Wine – $25 and Over
WINNER: Shaw & Smith
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Petaluma

Australian and International Sparkling Wine
WINNER: Arras
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Jansz

Champagne
WINNER: G.H. Mumm
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Pol Roger

Dessert and Fortified Wine
WINNER: De Bortoli Noble One
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Brown Brothers

Best Marketed Wine
WINNER: Jacob’s Creek
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Penfolds

SPIRITS
Dark Spirit
WINNER: Jack Daniel’s
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Chivas Regal 12 Year Old

Light Spirit
WINNER: Bombay Sapphire
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Grey Goose

Luxury Dark Spirit – Over $70
WINNER: Chivas Regal 18 Year Old
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Lagavulin 16 Year Old

Luxury Light Spirit – Over $70
WINNER: Four Pillars Gin
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Archie Rose Gin

Dark RTD/RTS
WINNER: Canadian Club
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Captain Morgan Spiced; Jack Daniel’s

Light RTD/RTS
WINNER: Absolut Botanik
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Gordon’s Gin & Tonic

Liqueurs
WINNER: Baileys
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Cointreau

Best Marketed Spirit
WINNER: Jack Daniel’s
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Canadian Club

ON-PREMISE AWARDS

Best Venue Renovation
WINNER: The Dolphin Hotel
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Paddington

Best New Bar
WINNER: Hubert
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Big Poppa’s; Kittyhawk

Best Sports Venue
WINNER: The Sheaf
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Light Brigade

Best Gaming Venue
WINNER: Eastwood Hotel
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Criterion Hotel

Best Food Menu
WINNER: The Butler
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Paddington

Best Hotel Accommodation
WINNER: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Hotel Palisade

Bar Manager of the Year
WINNER: Cristiano Beretta
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dre Walters

Best On-Premise Spirit/Liqueur
WINNER: Aperol
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Four Pillars Gin

Best Mixer
WINNER: Fever-Tree
HIGHLY COMMENDED: CAPI

Best Beer List
WINNER: The Local Taphouse
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Beer DeLuxe

Best Wine List
WINNER: Bar Brosé
HIGHLY COMMENDED: The Winery

Best Cocktail List
WINNER: Black Pearl
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Bulletin Place

MAJOR AWARDS

Bartender of the Year
WINNER: James Irvine
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Paige Aubort

Publican of the Year
WINNER: Steve McDermott
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Christian Denny

Bar of the Year
WINNER: The Baxter Inn
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Black Pearl

Hotel of the Year
WINNER: The Newport
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Hotel Palisade

Hotel Group Operator of the Year
WINNER: Merivale
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Solotel

Bar Group Operator of the Year
WINNER: Swillhouse Group
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Applejack Hospitality

New Product of the Year
WINNER: Asahi Soukai
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin

Liquor Brand of the Year
WINNER: Jack Daniel’s
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Coopers

Retail Group of the Year
WINNER: Dan Murphy’s
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Liquor Barons

Liquor Store of the Year
WINNER: The Oak Barrel, Sydney, NSW
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Dan Murphy’s, Double Bay, NSW

On-Premise Liquor Supplier of the Year
WINNER: Diageo
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Vanguard Luxury Brands

Off-Premise Supplier of the Year
WINNER: Pernod Ricard
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Diageo