The brewery was the winner of the Asia-Pacific leg of Four Points’ competition to find the best local beers in each of its hotels’ locations around the world. Best Brews kicked off in New York in August, with other legs in Kenya, Mexico, Spain and Canada.
Mountain Goat faced off against the formidable Two Birds Brewing. Each brewery presented three craft beers that were sampled and judged by the crowd of beer lovers, as well as the hotel’s certified beer server Mitchell Goff and beer influencer David Hagger from The World Loves Melbourne.
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Beers were judged on bitterness, colour and overall taste – with Mountain Goat’s pale ale taking the top gong. The win means Mountain Goat, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, will be on tap at Four Points’ Best Brews bar for three months from October 1.
For third-generation hospitality professional Mitchell, who recently completed the first step to becoming a qualified cicerone, the competition was a chance to test new skills.
“I’m training to become a certified beer server, which is the first of four stages in becoming a certified cicerone – and there are only seven of those in the world,” he says.
A cicerone is a professional who is able to select, acquire and serve beer, Mitchell says – as a sommelier is for wine.
He says Four Points’ Best Brew program is about trying to source the best local craft beers for hotel guests. The competition is part of a bigger shift towards elevating beer curation to have a similar status as wine curation.
“You now have experts who can select beers just like someone would for wines,” Mitchell says.