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Crafty tipple: Kevin and Dan Dainton toast the success of their family founded brewery in Carrum Downs.

A CARRUM Downs brewery is now firmly on the map for drinkers seeking a top drop.

The Dainton Family Brewery’s Cherrywood Smoked Baltic Porter was named Champion Australian Craft Beer at last week’s Craft Beer Awards held in Adelaide.

The Cherrywood Smoked Baltic Porter saw off competition from more than 680 beers from 118 breweries to take top honours after also winning its Champion Porter/Stout category on the night.

Co-founder and brewer Dan Dainton said the judges said it was simply “the best beer they tasted”.

“It has a unique style. We used a lot of really good ingredients and have got to know our system and what we can do so when the beer came out we were really happy with it.”

He said it was “really surprising but really nice” for the porter, described as “like a chocolate cigar”, to be crowned top craft beer at the Craft Beer Awards.

The brewer, who established the Dainton Family Brewery at Carrum Downs two years ago with his father Kevin, said more of the award-winning beer will be brewed but existing supplies are now dwindling as news of the award spills out.

“It’s definitely highly drinkable even at nearly 9 per cent [alcohol by volume].”

  • See daintonbrewing.com.au for the brewery’s opening hours and beers.                                      

First published in the Frankston Times – 7 August 2017

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