Prancing Pony gallops to success … again!

By Melissa Keogh

Almost a year since its glory win at the International Beer Challenge (IBC) in London, and Prancing Pony Brewery in the Adelaide Hills is again a nose ahead of the field.

In 2016 Prancing Pony’s India Red Ale was crowned the world’s best beer by IBC judges, who have this year slapped the Totness Brewery’s beers with five medals.

Among the accolades is the Black India Pale Ale (IPA) – The Hunt for the Red Velvet – which took a gold medal.

Prancing Pony co-founder and head brewer Frank Samson says the strong brew tastes “just like a black forest cake” and is reminiscent of rich chocolate.

It also packs a wild punch at 9.6% abv (alcohol by volume), meaning it’s not for the faint hearted.

Prancing Pony beers are becoming regular award-winners.

Prancing Pony beers are becoming regular award-winners.

“The idea was to create an improbable blend of a fruity double IPA with a Russian Imperial Stout, where rich and opulent fruity hop flavours would blend with dark malt flavours,” he says.

Prancing Pony also won silver for its Imperial Pale Ale, Pagan’s Empire, a bronze for the Magic Midnight Carpet Ride Stout and a bronze for the Black Ale.

The 2016 world’s best beer, the India Red Ale, laid relatively low this year, but still snagged a silver.

The IBC attracts entries from more than 30 countries.

The Hunt for the Red Velvet will go into the running for the Best in Class trophy and the Supreme Champion Beer, announced in London in September 4.

Prancing Pony co-founder and CEO, Corinna Steeb, says last year’s Supreme Champion Trophy was a game changer for the business which grew from humble beginnings.

Prancing Pony has grown from a two-person operation to a popular brewery that supports apprentices.

Prancing Pony has grown from a two-person operation to a popular brewery that supports apprentices.

Corinna and Frank – both from Germany – launched Prancing Pony in 2011.

Sharing her wisdom at Brand South Australia’s I Choose SA For Industry Briefing this week, Corinna says her very first beer sale is among her biggest highlights.

“The first dude walked into our brew shed and ordered some beer, actually handed over some cash, that was an amazing moment and I think that everyone remembers the first $5 that they made,” she says.

Last year saw a large upgrade to Prancing Pony’s bottling line to ensure the business keeps up with demand.

“We are quite a motley crew, we have a lot of fun,” Corinna says.

“We now have a female apprentice, male apprentice and an apprentice chef … to me that’s an amazing highlight for our company.”

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