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ADSA and AIBA programmes offer new trophies in 2016

RASV has added two new trophies for the 2016 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards (ADSA) and Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) to ensure these world class award programmes remain relevant, valuable and credible to participants whilst reflecting industry trends, production techniques and consumer interest.

In only its second year as a standalone event, the ADSA, the only national awards recognising Australian spirits, will this year see the addition of the Champion Small Batch Trophy and three new classes for Whisky Liqueur, Rum Liqueur, and Cream Liqueur.

Acknowledging specialty small-scale production spirits and liqueurs that are made in limited quantities and are distinct from a distiller’s standard range, the Champion Small Batch Spirit Trophy will bring the number of major trophies of the program to nine.

The Australian International Beer Awards has also seen a new addition to the honours list in 2016 with the New World Pale Ale Trophy, which recognizes brews distinguished by the prominent and evident use of New World hops predominantly from New Zealand and Australia, in response to increased entries of the style over the last few years.

“RASV, along with our advisory groups, continually assesses and evolves the categories within our awards programmes to reflect industry trends, production techniques and consumer interest,” said Mark O’Sullivan, CEO, RASV. Both awards are now open for entry, with the ADSA to be judged in April, followed by the AIBA to be assessed in May.

For more information on the awards, including details of the Awards Presentations visit www.rasv.com.au/spirits or www.rasv.com.au/beer.