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These are the best craft beers in Australia, according to thousands of drinkers

Here are the results of the GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers poll

Alice Ellis
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Alice Ellis

To coincide with Triple J’s Hottest 100, on the weekend GABS counted down the Hottest 100 craft beers, for the ‘GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers’ people’s choice poll. What’s a GABS, you ask? It stands for ‘Great Australasian Beer SpecTAPular’ – and the organisation exists to celebrate all things craft beer and cider. 

The poll involved each voter selecting their five favourite craft beers of 2022. A whopping 60,000 voters cast votes for a total of 2,140 different beers from 311 different breweries, confirming that there's a whole lot bubbling in Australia's craft beer industry. Even our PM, Anthony Albanese, cast a vote (but no prizes for guessing what his favourite drop of the year was).

So which tipple took out the top spot? The most votes went to Mountain Culture Beer Co’s Status Quo Pale Ale, brewed by husband and wife team DJ and Harriet McCready from Katoomba. They created this popular New England pale ale after opening the Blue Mountains’ very first brew pub in 2019. 

The silver and bronze awards went to beers from breweries that have both taken titles in these awards before: Mick Fanning’s Balter Brewing XPA (from the Gold Coast) took the second spot, and Bentspoke Crankshaft IPA (from Canberra) took the third.

Beers from Stone & Wood, Your Mates Brewing Co., Better Beer, Young Henry’s, Coopers, Bridge Roads and Black Hops Brewing rounded out the top 10. 

We were pleased to hear that NSW ended the count with the highest number of popular brews (or maybe just more beer drinkers?) – our state set the bar with 28 craft beers in the Hottest 100. Queensland followed with 26; Victoria had 18; Western Australia had 11; the ACT nine and South Australia eight.  

Thirsty? You can engage in some taste testing to make your own call about what’s good – Dan Murphy's is currently selling a GABS Mixed Pack of 24 awarded beers online.

As well as running these awards, GABS also runs an annual festival celebrating the best brews (read about one of the past festivals, here). This year, the Sydney event will run from June 2-3, 2023 (while Melbourne’s event will run May 19-21, and Brisbane’s on June 10). Beer lovers, mark your calendars. 

You can find the full list of GABS Hottest 100 winners at

Drink up in the meantime at one of Sydney's best craft brewery bars.  

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