Dollar Bill’s Gold Teeth shines at the 2023 Independent Beer Awards

Australia’s best independent beer for 2023 is Ballarat’s Dollar Bill for its Sour, Fruit & Funk category winner - Gold Teeth.

Although the quality of entries was off the charts this year, the Victorian based brewery’s Gold Teeth stood out from 1,348 beers to take the top gong in this year’s Australian Independent Beer Awards (The Indies).

 With the help of 50 stewards, 65 of the best and emerging judges from Australia, New Zealand & Indonesia spent three days tasting and evaluating some of the best quality beers in the industry.

Head Judge, Justin Fox said: “We were blown away this year at the quality of beers entered. 229 beers were awarded gold, and an incredible 85% of all beers entered received a medal.

This medal tally demonstrates that the standard of independent beer poured in tap rooms, and packaged in fridges across Australia, is of an exceptional quality. Brewers are delivering beers absent of major technical faults and reflective of the promised style, allowing consumers to repeatedly enjoy their engagement with independent beer.”

Overall results include:

  • Total Gold Medals 229, 454 silver and 464 bronze
  • 1,147 medals were awarded in total
  • Entries included; 40 bottles, 697 can and 611 keg
  • The spread of Champion Class trophies was relatively even with Queensland and New South Wales awarded 5 each, closely followed by Victoria with 4, South Australia at 2 and Western Australia taking home 1.
  • The Pale Ale category stood out this year with 143 entries, Traditional Lager and Reduced Alcohol with 118 closely followed by Porter/Stout with 113.
  • Modern Pale and Specialty were our gold medal leaders with 19 and 22 respectively.

The Independent Beer Awards Advisory Committee Chair, Will Tatchell, stated: “the incorporation of seven new beer styles into our guidelines truly reflects the relentless dedication of the Advisory Committee.

I look forward to witnessing these new styles not only naturally flourish, but also progressively evolve as we journey into the future showcasing the incredible growth in creativity amongst our Australian brewers.”

And it’s not all about the beer. The people who make, sell and pour the beer are equally as important and were acknowledged and celebrated with Peer nominated awards.

The awards are presented by the Independent Brewers Association (IBA) and Richard Watkins, IBA Chair, added: “Both the number of entries and medals should be celebrated given some of the challenging circumstances currently facing the industry. What a way to kick the bad times to the curb!

Congratulations to all medalists, champions and entrants, you are all winners in our eyes,”  Watkins said.

Kylie Lethbridge, IBA Chief Executive Officer, said: “This year we celebrated in style, in Surfers Paradise, together as an industry for the first time since 2019. The fantastic setting, warm night, great company and gorgeous array of beers was just the best way to celebrate excellence in brewing and to cheer on our 2023 award winners. 

See below for a full list of trophy winners. For those that couldn’t make it in person, the Awards Ceremony was recorded and will be available on the IBA YouTube channel after the editing process is complete.



Champion Australian Independent Beer – Presented by Konvoy

Dollar Bill - Gold Teeth


Champion Australian Independent Large Brewery – Presented by Orora Beverages

Brick Lane Brewing Co.


Champion Australian Independent Medium Brewery – Presented by Cryer Malt

Moffat Beach Brewing Co.


Champion Australian Independent Small Brewery – Presented by Gladfield Malt

Madocke Beer Brewing Co.


Champion Australian Independent Contract Brewer – Presented by Rallings Label Specialists

Heaps Normal


Champion Modern Pale Ale – Presented by Yakima Chief Hops

Moon Dog Craft Brewery - Old Mate


Champion Traditional Pale Ale - Presented by Mettler-Toledo

Moffat Beach Brewing Co. - Passenger Pale Ale


Champion Amber-Dark Ale – presented by LOUD

Boston Brewing Co. - Devilslide Red IPA


Champion Porter/ Stout - Presented by CHILL

Reckless Brewing Co. - Stout


Champion Juicy-Hazy Pale Ale - Presented by Athena Quality

Aether Brewing – All Australian Pale Ale


Champion Juicy-Hazy India Pale Ale – Presented by the American Brewers Association

Dangerous Ales - Fightin With Lightin Thiolized Hazy IPA


Champion Specialty Beer – Presented by Roxset Health & Safety Flooring

TWØBAYS Brewing – Session Ale


Champion Traditional Lager – Presented by Keg ID

Mismatch Brewing Co. – Lager


Champion Modern Lager – Presented by Barrett Burston Malting

The Wheaty Brewing Corp – Fortune


Champion Modern India Pale Ale – Presented by Hop Products Australia

Aether Brewing - IPA


Champion Traditional India Pale Ale – Presented by Coles Liquor

Seven Mile Brewing – West Coast IPA


Champion European-Style Ale – Presented by Blackhearts & Sparrows

Felons Brewing Co. - Belgian Tripel


Champion British-Style Ale – Presented by CFT Group

Merino Brewery - ESB


Champion Non-Alcohol – Presented by By George Legal

Heaps Normal - Half Day Hazy


Champion Reduced Alcohol – Presented by Presented by Lallemand Brewing

Moffat Beach Brewing Co. - Social Jam Pale Mid


Champion Strong, Wood + Barrel-Aged - Presented by Midland Insurance

Hawkers - Bourbon Barrel Aged Barley Wine 2022


Champion Sour, Fruit + Funk – Presented by The Berry Man

Dollar Bill – Gold Teeth


Champion Western Australia Brewery – Presented by the Department of Primary Industries & Regional Development WA

Black Brewing Co.


Champion ACT & Northern Territory Brewery - Presented by MH Training

Bentspoke Brewing Co.


Champion New South Wales Brewery – Presented by New South Wales Government

Philter Brewing


Champion South Australia Brewery – Presented by Tributum Law

Wheaty Brewing Corps


Champion Tasmania Brewery - Presented by the Independent Brewers Association

Moo Brew


Champion Victoria Brewery – Presented by the Victorian Drinks Alliance

Brick Lane Brewing Co.


Champion Queensland Brewery - Presented by Queensland Government

Moffat Beach Brewing Co.


Lifetime Achievement Award – Presented by Brews News

John Stallwood


Young Gun on the Year - The Crafty Pint

Evin Craney, Bright Brewery


True Indie Supporter – Presented by Thirsty Merchants

Ben Carwyn, Carwyn Cellars


Service to the Industry - Presented by Independent Brewers Association

Tiffany Waldron, Pink Boots