COLDSTREAM Brewery’s Pilsner was recently awarded a silver medal for Lager in the category for Bohiemian Style Pilsner at the Indie Awards (Independent Beer Awards Australia).
The award comes as the brewery’s apple and pear cider launched successfully into the Asian and UK markets.
Coldstream Brewery is a proud independent brewery from the Yarra Valley that was founded and is still run by two childhood mates, Rohan Peters and Mike Basset who grew up in Korumburra.
The Indies is the world’s only beer competition dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the independent brewing industry. As defined by the IBA, an independent brewery is any brewery that is less than 20 per cent owned by a large brewer and produces less than 40 million litres per annum.
Judges for the Indies are selected from the national and international brewing community. The panel includes brewers, sensory experts, suppliers, consultants and writers. They are selected based on their sensory ability, industry and peer recognition, knowledge of beer styles and the brewing process. In 2018, the Indies received 756 beer entries from over 125 breweries across Australia and internationally.
“We’re thrilled with the award and honoured to be recognised amongst some great independent Aussie brewers,” Rohan said.
He said the Coldstream Czech Pilsner is a light, hoppy European style lager.
“We keep things fairly traditional using Saaz hops straight from the Czech Republic with just a dash from the UK. A cool ferment followed by long cool conditioning gives you our Pilsner – one thirst quenching lager.”
The Coldstream Brewery proudly produces a range of four beers, Australian Pale Ale, Czech Pilsner, Real Original Ale and Grand Porter.
Alongside the beer sits Coldstream Cider, a crisp cider made from 100 per cent Victorian fruit. It’s been hugely popular in Australia, and is now set to be enjoyed around the world.
“It was confirmed on Thursday night the UK has ordered its first container of Coldstream Cider which will be flowing in a month’s time – in the home of cider! I think we’ve just sold ice to the Eskimos!” Rohan said.
“We have also recently signed a supply agreement with a distributor in China for our Apple and Pear Cider,” Rohan said.
“We sent our first container in June and it’s already on tap in more than 30 venues in Shanghai.
“Our second container (double the size) leaves this week. “There’s a large population of Australians living in Shanghai. It’ll be huge for us.
“Mike and I are visiting Shanghai in mid-August for the Shanghai Craft Beer and Cider Festival and will also be visiting current and potential venues to keep Coldstream Cider flowing.
“We’re also in discussion with Bali, Singapore and UK distributors.” For more details visit
Korumburra boys taking Coldstream to the world