Over 350 guests from across the brewing industry gathered from around the country to watch on as hosts Catriona Shearer and Hardeep Singh Kholi announced who had been crowned the best after a wide ranging competition which has been running since March of this year.
The most eagerly awaited pronouncement was that of Scottish Brewery of the Year, which saw the award presented to Brewdog, who were praised by the judges for a "monumental year of business".
The Ellon-based beer giants fought off tough competition from four other breweries for the title after persuading the panel of their success in launching a second US-based brewery.
The winners of the 11 coveted taste categories saw some of the country's best breweries go head to head at a judging event that saw 266 beers tasted blind by one of the largest and most experienced judging panels in the history of beer competitions in the UK.
Tempest Brewing Co from Tweedbank in the Scottish Borders stormed the taste categories again this year claiming 5 medals.
Three Gold medals in the Amplified, Lager and IPA categories and silver medal positions in Best Amplified Beer and Best IPA.
Innis & Gunn scored both Gold and Silver medal positions in Best Barrel Aged Beer for I & G Rum Finish and I & G Original respectively.
They also collected awards in the business categories winning Excellence in Marketing and Exporter of the Year.
Other gold winners included newcomer The Ferry Brewery for Ferry Stout, Fallen Brewing for Grapevine in the popular Pale Ale category and Drygate for their mango infused beer, Disco Forklift.
Spey Valley Brewery received a Gold medal in Best British Style Ale for David’s Not So Bitter, while Stewart Brewing, whose Co-Founder Steve Stewart was also awarded Master Brewer of the Year, picked up the Gold for They’re Coming to Get Rhu Barbara in the new Sours category.
Aberdeen’s Fierce Beer, which launched in 2016, was awarded Breakthrough Brewery of the Year and also picked up the gold medal in Best Porter for Café Racer which went on to win the judges prize for Beer of the Year.
Their Aberdeenshire neighbours BrewDog collected two silver medals for Elvis Juice and Jet-Black Heart.
It was an evening which united the whole brewing industry in a positive way and there was unanimous support and a standing ovation when one of the industry’s greatest legends, Professor Sir Geoff Palmer OBE, collected the honour of Lifetime Achievement Award presented by his former student, Dr Dawn Maskell of Heriot Watt University.
"We unite in our congratulations of our winners and celebrate the success of the whole of Scottish brewing. I hope all our winners find future success with their medals and show the world how brilliant we are in Scotland at making great beer.”
Graham Nicolson, Group Buying Director, ALDI Scotland, said: “The quality of beer produced in Scotland is exceptional and we would like to congratulate everyone involved in this celebration of Scotland’s amazing brewing industry.
"We’re hugely proud to sponsor the Scottish Beer Awards for the second year running and to have worked with so many of the breweries recognised at these awards.
"The popularity of Scottish beer shows no signs of slowing down and we’re looking forward to seeing what’s next for the sector in Scotland.”
Fierce Beer - Café Racer
Professor Sir Geoff Palmer OBE
GOLD: I&G Maple & Thistle 150 (Innis & Gunn Brewing Company)
SILVER: Ferry Witches (The Ferry Brewery)
BRONZE: Red Rye (Barneys Beer)
GOLD: In The Dark We Live - Dark Fruits (Tempest Brewing Co.)
SILVER: Marmalade on Rye (Tempest Brewing Co.)
BRONZE: Mill & Hills (Fyne Ales)
GOLD: I&G Rum Finish (Innis & Gunn Brewing Company)
SILVER: I&G Original (Innis & Gunn Brewing Company)
BRONZE: Anniversary (Cromarty Brewing)
GOLD: David’s Not So Bitter (Spey Valley Brewery)
SILVER: Highlander (Fyne Ales)
BRONZE: Scottish Ale (Belhaven Brewery)
GOLD: Disco Forklift Truck Drygate Brewing Company
SILVER: Elvis Juice BrewDog
BRONZE: 23 Trees Black Isle Brewing Co.
GOLD: Tempest Soma IPA (Tempest Brewing Co.)
SILVER: Brave New World (Tempest Brewing Co.)
BRONZE: Ishmael Up (Front Brewing)
GOLD: Modern Helles (Tempest Brewing Co.)
SILVER: Saaziness (Loch Ness Brewery)
BRONZE: Caesar Augustus (Williams Bros. Brewing Co.)
GOLD: Grapevine (Fallen Brewing)
SILVER: Birds & Bees (Williams Bros. Brewing Co.)
BRONZE: Pale (Cross Borders Brewing Company)
GOLD: Café Racer Fierce Beer
SILVER: Rigor Portis Dead End Brew Machine
BRONZE: Fathom Jaw Brew
GOLD: They’re Coming to Get Rhu Barbara (Stewart Brewing)
SILVER: Spring:Rhubarb & Citrus Sour (Tempest, Pilot, Fallen & Cromarty Breweries)
BRONZE: Black Flag Brewing Gose (Black Isle Brewing Co.)
GOLD: Ferry Stout (The Ferry Brewery)
SILVER: Jet Black Heart (BrewDog)
BRONZE: Oatmeal Stout (St Andrews Brewing Company)
St Andrews Brewing Company
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
Edinburgh Beer Factory
Steve Stewart, Stewart Brewing