What started out as an experiment brewing ginger beer on his parents’ Tintenbar property has turned into a booming business for David Hollyoak.

That first brew lit a spark in the young teenager, and David was soon fascinated by the art of brewing.

This fascination culminated in David and his sister Janet setting up the Redoak Brewery in Sydney in 2004.

Since then, a string of awards has come Redoak’s way for their many various beers.

The most recent success came at the 2008 Australian International Beer Awards held in Melbourne.

AIBA is the second largest international professional beer competition in the world, attracting 1084 entries from 217 breweries in 42 countries.

Of the 1084 beer entries, 437 were from large breweries and 575 were from small breweries. T

he awards are conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RAS) in conjunction with The University of Ballarat.

It is an international stage for breweries to showcase the quality, craftsmanship, flavour and diversity of beers.

The fact that it is held in Australia also demonstrates the excitement and passion for beer among Australian brewers and beer drinkers alike. For more details, see http://www.beerawards.com

The recent success follows on from Redoak’s other key achievements that clearly benchmark it as a world-class brewery brewing great beer.

European Beer Star 2007: Redoak won Silver and Bronze medals for its Rauch Bier and Oatmeal Stout. This is the world’s third-largest beer competition.

AIBA 2007: Redoak won the ‘Champion Porter’ award for the Redoak Old Baltic Porter (one of the top 5 scoring beers in the world at the competition) and was most awarded Australian brewery for the third consecutive year.

AIBA 2006: Redoak won the prestigious ‘Grand Champion Trophy’ for the highest scoring beer in the competition with the Redoak Special Reserve. It was the first time in seven years that the award was taken out by an Australian brewery, first time it was won by an Australian specialty beer and first time it was won by an Australian boutique brewery.

World Beer Cup (USA) 2006: Redoak had great success at the World Beer Cup 2006 in USA. Redoak won two Gold medals and a Bronze medal, taking Australia’s tally of Gold medals to six in the history of the World Beer Cup. The Gold medals were won for Redoak’s Honey Ale and Rauch Bier and Bronze for Baltic Porter.

“All of Redoak’s beers are created using only the highest quality ingredients, contain no additives, preservatives or added sugars,” Janet Hollyoak said.

“Redoak beers are not pasteurised and are served fresh. Redoak brews over 40 premium beers across many different beer styles with an extensive range of specialty beers.”

In addition to brewing beer, Janet and David also want people to experience the pleasure of matching food with beer at the Redoak Boutique Beer Café. With this in mind, they have developed with head chef Chris Beard a menu of dishes which showcase Redoak’s beer.

Chris uses beer in his cooking to enhance the flavours of some dishes.

Redoak has also been the first in Australia to launch a range of beer ice-creams and sorbets.

To find out more about Redoak, visit the Redoak Boutique Beer Café at 201 Clarence Street, Sydney, call Janet Hollyoak on 02 9262 3303 or email her on info@redoak.com.au