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Ballarat beer crowned the world’s best

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20 Sep 2021

Filed underFood & Drink

Ballarat is now home of the world’s top gluten-free beer after also claiming the title of Australia’s best beer earlier this year.

Ballarat brewer O’Brien Beer snapped up the accolade of World’s Best Specialty Gluten-Free Beer for its Belgian Ale at the 2021 World Beer Awards.

Announced earlier this month, the global awards celebrate the very best internationally-recognised beers.

O’Brien Beer describes its award-winning Belgian Ale as a “slightly sweet and warming ale” featuring “subtle spice, earth and fruit character with a dry finish.”

Belgian candi sugar is added to the brew’s sorghum and millet malts.

In May this year, Ballarat’s Dollar Bill Brewing won Champion Australian Beer and Best Fruit Beer at the 2021 Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA) for its Gold Tooth 2021 brew.

O’Brien Beer won six gold medals at the AIBA (including one for its Belgian Ale), along with two silver medals and five bronze.

Father-of-two John O’Brien founded the business 20 years ago after he was diagnosed with coeliac disease and told by his doctor he could no longer drink beer.

A limited release of O’Brien Beer’s Belgian Ale is available online at

Images: O’Brien Beer


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