Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Alex Brews a Winner at Home

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Alex Brews a Winner at Home

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Byline: Madeline McDonald Madeline.McDonald @capnews.com.au

WHEN Alex Taubert invites his mates around for a cold beer on a Friday afternoon they rarely decline the invitation to sip on his award winning beer.

The local geographic systems specialist won the champion award for the best home brewed beer in the state at the 2016 Queensland Amateur Brewing Championships held earlier this month.

Out of 126 brewers and a record number of 462 beers, Alex's beer, a Smoked Marzen, took out the competition with the flavour, texture and colour impressing all the judges.

Alex, 40, brews his beer under his house in Yeppoon and said he was a last minute entry into the competition.

"I found out about the competition a week before the cut off date for entries so I just grabbed as many beers as I could from my cellar and posted them off to Brisbane with my fingers crossed," he said.

"I've been brewing beer for about seven years and I just really wanted to get some feedback from proper certified beer judges," he said. "It's one thing to hear 'this is a great beer' from your mates but I really wanted that professional opinion.

"I woke up to a text message from my friend congratulating me on the win; I was completely gobsmacked."

Alex's champion beer is a recipe he's been formulating for a few years, known as his Rockin' Rauct which is a Smoked Marzen.

"My winning beer is a German style beer that's really smoky and has a bacon sort of flavour to it," he said.

"I used an imported German malt which is smoked using beechwood to get the flavour that I wanted.

"It's one of my favourite brews but, like any sort of artist or creator, I can always think about ways to improve it.

"I honestly think the winning element to my beer could have had something to do with the water here.

"The big difference I noticed after moving to Yeppoon is the quality of water.

"The water that comes down from the Woodbury reservoir is fantastic for brewing, I do water testing and the quality of water here is amazing. …

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