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GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers 2021 Results

3rd Mar 2022

Australia's biggest annual craft beer poll into Australia's favourite craft beer has once been run and the results are in! Bentspoke's Crankshaft IPA has once more taken out first place, making it two years in a row in the number 1 spot.

Bentspoke Brewing Co's Crankshaft American IPA held off Balter Brewing's XPA which took the title in 2017 and 2018 and was named this year's second-placed brew, and Stone & Wood Pacific Ale, which came third and was a previous winner of the 2011, 2015, 2016 and 2019 editions.

Bentspoke had a great showing in the polls with five beers in the top 100 list in total, including twelfth for its Barley Griffin Australian Pale Ale, 41st for its Sprocket American IPA, 45th for its Cluster 8 Imperial IPA and 91st for its Red Nut Red IPA.

Richard Watkins head brewer and co-owner said the team at Bentspoke were "blown away that our small independent brewery from Canberra can take Crankshaft to the number one spot in Australia's biggest beer poll. Crankshaft holds a very special place in our hearts as one of our original beers on tap when we first opened in Canberra in 2014. We are thrilled with the support for Crankshaft from Canberra and around Australia."

The poll run by GABS, or the annual festival also known as the 'Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular' is a people's choice poll decided by beer-lovers around the country. Now in its 14th year, over 40,000 people took part, a new record.


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12 beers made the top 100 for the first time with 57 breweries in total making the top 100. If you're particularly keen on either, GABS has also released rundowns of the Hottest 100 New Craft Beers and the Hottest 100 Indie Craft Beers (those owned independently) plus the next 100 from the main countdown.


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  1. Bentspoke Crankshaft
  2. Balter XPA
  3. Your Mates Larry
  4. Stone & Wood Pacific Ale
  5. Black Hops G.O.A.T
  6. Better Beer Zero Carb
  7. Capital XPA
  8. Ballistic Beer Hawaiian Haze
  9. Capital Coast Ale
  10. Young Henrys Newtowner
  11. Coopers Original Pale Ale
  12. BentSpoke Barley Griffin
  13. Balter Hazy
  14. Bridge Road Beechworth Pale Ale
  15. Beerfarm Royal Haze
  16. Pirate Life South Coast Pale Ale
  17. Gage Roads Single Fin
  18. KAIJU! KRUSH! Tropical Pale Ale
  19. Black Hops East Coast Haze
  20. Heaps Normal Quiet XPA
  21. Heads of Noosa Japanese Lager
  22. Brick Lane One Love Pale Ale
  23. Little Creatures Pale Ale
  24. Moon Dog Old Mate
  25. Philter XPA
  26. Mountain Goat Very Enjoyable Beer
  27. Feral Biggie Juice
  28. Brookvale Union Ginger Beer
  29. 4 Pines Pacific Ale
  30. Big Shed Boozy Fruit
  31. Hawke's Patio Ale
  32. Bright Alpine Lager
  33. Grifter Pale Ale
  34. Blackflag Rage Juicy Pale Ale
  35. Green Beacon Wayfarer
  36. Stomping Ground Gipps St. Pale Ale
  37. Akasha Hopsmith IPA
  38. Dainton Blood Orange NEIPA
  39. Revel Strawberries & Cream Soul Ale
  40. Coopers Sparkling Ale
  41. BentSpoke Sprocket
  42. Capital Hang Loose Juice Blood Orange ENIPA
  43. Coopers XPA
  44. Your Mates Sally
  45. BentSpoke Cluster 8
  46. Black Hops Neverland
  47. Balter Eazy Hazy
  48. Ballistic Hawaiian Haze IPA
  49. Capital West Coast NEIPA
  50. Coopers Pacific Pale Ale
  51. Bodriggy Speccy Juice
  52. Colonial Pale Ale
  53. Grifter Serpents Kiss
  54. Sunday Cryotherapy
  55. Deeds Juice Train
  56. 10 Toes Pipeline Pale Ale
  57. Burleigh Bighead No Carb Lager
  58. Hop Nation J-Juice
  59. Range Lights + Music
  60. Black Hops Hop Swap
  61. Black Hops Pale Ale
  62. Your Mates Macca
  63. Balter Captain Sensible
  64. Capital Trail Pale Ale
  65. Hawke’s Brewing Co Hawke’s Lager
  66. Burleigh Twisted Palm
  67. One Drop Double Vanilla Custard Pancake Imperial Nitro
  68. Cronulla Next Level XPA
  69. Sobah Pepperberry IPA
  70. Jetty Road Pale Ale
  71. Brouhaha Strawberry Rhubarb Sour Ale
  72. Stone & Wood Cloud Catcher
  73. Blackman's Juicy Banger
  74. 4 Pines 4 Pines Pale Ale
  75. Brick Lane Sidewiner Hazy Pale Ale
  76. Hop Nation Rattendhund
  77. Sunday Road Enigma Ale
  78. Otherside Anthem IPA
  79. Bad Shepherd Peanut Butter Porter
  80. Ballistic Beer Mexican Hot chocolate Stout
  81. Black Hops Hornet
  82. Little Creatures Pacific Ale
  83. Your Mates Eddie
  84. Dainton Jungle Juice
  85. Bodriggy Utropia Pale Ale
  86. Young Henrys The Unifier
  87. Hawkers West Coast IPA
  88. Mismatch Session Ale
  89. Gage Roads Side Track All Day XPA
  90. Little Bang Face Inverter
  91. BentSpoke Red Nut
  92. Tumut River Ginja Ninja
  93. Eumundi Alcoholic Ginger Beer
  94. Deeds Once More Into the Fray
  95. Akasha Mosaic IPA
  96. Ballistic Low Ha
  97. Capital Rock Hopper IPA
  98. Wayward Raspberry Berliner Weisse
  99. Willie the Boatman Nectar of the Hops
  100. Balter CryoHaze