Barons Black Wattle Original Ale was brewed at Banks’s brewery in Wolverhampton, especially for the festival.
It had not previously been served in UK pubs.
More than 8,500 Wetherspoon customers cast their vote, on the company’s Web site, for their favourite festival ale, with Barons Black Wattle Original Ale coming out top.
Wetherspoon’s festival organiser, Jonathan Yates, said: “We brewed four overseas beers in the UK for the festival – and it was a fantastic opportunity for our customers to sample beers not previously available in the UK.
“The fact that Barons Black Wattle Original Ale was first choice with our Web site voters shows that our customers are always keen to try new beers and that they enjoy them too.
“The other three overseas beers were all listed in the top six of the
Web site vote.”
Barons’ managing director, Scott Garnett, said: “We are extremely proud that our beer was voted number-one by Wetherspoon’s customers.
“We set out to create a uniquely Australian beer, using native Australian ingredients as the dominant flavour.”
Barons’ head brewer, Richard Adamson (pictured), added: “It was an
honour to be the first Australian brewer invited to contribute to Wetherspoon’s international beer festival – and the brewing process was a great experience.”
The beer is described as amber ale, flavoured with native Australian roasted wattle seed; this brings a unique flavour to the beer, reminiscent of hazelnut and mocha and has a 4.8% ABV.