Bira Lab Awards


Two awards were given out for 2018. To be elligible, the laboratory or brewery had to participate in at least 2 of the 4 rounds for 2018. The Small-but-sophisticated Award went to a participant submitting results for 3 or less analytes each round, and the Large-but-on-point Award went to a participant submitting results for more than 3 analytes each round. In each category, the awards went to the participants that attained the best average z-score across all results entered.

Please thank Endeavour Drinks Group for kindly providing prizes: boxes of wine - a break from beer!

The BIRA committee is pleased to be able to recognise our participants that perform well. After all, there should be an element in a program like BIRA to encourage continuous improvement. 

The Small-but-sophisticated Award went to Vintessential Tasmania. 2018


Greer Carland and I (Annie Baldwin) were ever so delighted to receive the inaugural BIRA ‘Small but Sophisticated Laboratory of the year’ for 2018. We have proudly placed our award for all to see in our reception area.

A bit about ourselves…

Annie studied a Bachelor of Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science with Honours at the University of New England.  She has spent a number of years now working in laboratories of all kinds, from meat science, to soil to veterinary research. Annie joined the Vintessential crew in 2016 when she took on the role of Laboratory Analyst at our newly opened Orange site in NSW. In 2017 she moved to Hobart to take on the role of Tasmanian State Manager and is loving the Tassie lifestyle. Annie’s favourite beer is a cold schooner of Pale Ale.

Greer is a world class  winemaker who studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science specialising in Oenology at the University of Adelaide. Greer joined the Tassie Vintessential ranks around a year and a half ago as a Scientist.  Her favourite beer is a frosty Pilsner.

We are delighted to participate in this new initiative and believe it is a great benefit to the growing Australian beer industry.


The Large-but-on-point Award went to Gage Roads. 2018

 I would like to thank you for awarding us the Large But on Point award for 2018. We are very pleased to have achieved this in the inaugural year and are excited to be part of the move to improve testing across the board in Australia.