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For the first time, the Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) has bestowed a Gold Medal upon a gluten free beer, awarding it to the O’Brien Belgian Ale.

In the 21 years of the Awards, they have never before deemed a gluten free beer of high enough quality to win gold.

The judging panel was headed by Craft Beer Industry Association chairman Brad Rogers who said the Gold Medal awarded to O’Brien Belgium Ale was “a great result and a reflection that this beer is of the highest standard and quality in its category.”

The O’Brien Belgium Ale, which won the Gold Medal in the Best Specialty Beer category, is the brewer’s first limited-release seasonal beer. It was unveiled in March to match the autumnal appetite of Australian drinkers, balancing a light, refreshing style for warm days with gentle alcohol warmth for cool nights.