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Duckstein Wins 'Australian Can of the Year'


      The Australian Beer Can Collectors Association (ABCCA) held their annual ‘Canathon' in Newcastle, NSW in January 2010. Here it was announced that the winner of ‘2009 Can of the Year' was Western Australia's Duckstein Brewery. This award was voted for by approximately 400 members throughout Australia and the Duckstein won ‘by a considerable margin.' It is not the first time a West Australian Brewery has won the award, past winners include.. Matilda Bay in 1992, Fremantle Bitter in 1993, Swan 1857 Bitter in 1999 and The Swan Brewery in 2008.  "The award has predominantly been won by large Eastern States Breweries and this is the first time that a small boutique brewery has won the award.'" said Luc Dupagne (president of ABCCA WA Division) 


Luc Dupagne (ABCCA -WA President) presents 'Can of the Year' to Duckstein Brewery Director Tim Forster


On Saturday March 13 the WA Division of the ABCCA presented the trophy to Duckstein Brewery Director Tim Forster. 'We are very proud to receive this award. Selling packaged beer has not really been one of our priorities and this award and subsequent attention has taken us completely by surprise. Since being announced as the winner we have been inundated with requests from all over the world for the minikeg and we are having trouble keeping up with demand.' 

 The can features artwork and design by Nannup artist Marion O'Callaghan who is the sister-in-law of  Duckstein Brewery Director, Tim Forster. Her painting features the iconic lone-gum tree on the picturesque Saracen Estate in Margaret River, where the Duckstein Brewery is situated. Unfortunately, the tree was destroyed by lightning in late 2009. 

'Marion's experience as a book illustrator and designer has seen her nominated several times for the WA Premier's Book Awards. She is pleased to add ‘Can of the Year 2009' to her list of achievements .' said Tim.

The minikeg is available from the Duckstein Brewery at Saracen Estates and also Swan Valley. As we are catching up on our list of orders, it is recommended that customers check in advance that kegs are available before visiting to avoid disappointment.

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