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For over 50 years, Lancer Beverage has protected its' reputation in being one of the world's leading Draught Beer, Soft Drink, and Frozen Beverage Dispensing manufacturers and suppliers. 

The ‘AHA (Vic) State Awards for Excellence’ program was created to recognise the successes of Victorian hotels and pubs in a wide range of categories throughout the hospitality industry. This event endeavours to recognise the achievements of those in the hospitality sector and thank them for their hard work and dedication.

For the fourth year Lancer Beverage Systems sponsored the award for the Best Presented Beer. This year there were joint winners, from the ‘Clifton Hill Brewpub’ and ‘Hophaus Bier Bar Grill (Southbank)’.

One of the most coveted awards of the evening was the Nikiakis Award, which was created in 1997 in memory of Nick Nikakis, ‘recognising an individual or organisation who by their sustained performance and commitment serve as an inspiration to all in the industry’. Steve and Viv Phelan, from the Flowerdale Hotel, took the award this year for protecting their neighbours and customers during the tragedy of the ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires in 2009.


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And the Winners Are:

Nikakis Award:  Steve & Viv Phelan (Flowerdale Hotel)

Overall Hotel of the Year – Regional: Oscars Hotel (Ballarat)

Overall Hotel of the Year – Metropolitan: Hophaus Bier Bar Grill (Southbank)

Chef of the Year (CV required): Chris Bonello - MPD Steak Kitchen, Zagame’s Hotel Berwick

Excellence in Service: Joint winners: Jasmine Flemming - Watergardens Hotel (Taylors Lakes) / Daniel Foley - Red Lion Hotel (Ballarat)                                                                                                                                            
Emerging Leader of the Year (CV required): Francis Degan - Cardinia Park Hotel (Beaconsfield)

Burger of the Year: The Pumphouse Hotel (Fitzroy)

Best Casual Dining – RegionalOscars Hotel (Ballarat)

Best Casual Dining – Metropolitan: Cardinia Park Hotel (Beaconsfield)

Best Family Dining: Zagame's Boronia Club Hotel

Best Pub Restaurant – Regional: Yea Peppercorn Hotel

Best Pub Restaurant – MetropolitanMPD Steak Kitchen, Zagame’s Berwick

Best Pub Bar – Regional:  Apollo Bay Hotel Great Ocean Road

Best Pub Bar – Metropolitan:  Woolshed (Docklands)

Best PubTAB – Regional: Zagame's Ballarat Hotel

Best PubTAB – Metropolitan: Watergardens Hotel (Taylors Lakes)  

Best Gaming Venue - with 50 machines or less – RegionalSomerville Hotel

Best Gaming Venue - with 50 machines or less – Metropolitan: The Dava Hotel (Mount Martha)

Best Gaming Venue - with 51 machines or more – Regional: Zagame's Ballarat Hotel

Best Gaming Venue - with 51 machines or more – Metropolitan: Bridge Inn Hotel (Mernda)

Best Keno Venue – RegionalWindermere Hotel

Best Keno Venue – MetropolitanWelcome Stranger Hotel (Melbourne)

Best Outdoor Experience: The Precinct Hotel (Richmond)

Best Function and Event SpacePlatform 28 Docklands

Best Rooftop ExperienceThe Albion (South Melbourne) 

Best Hotel - Pub Style AccommodationGlenferrie Hotel (Hawthorn)

Best innovative Retail Space: Joint winners: Queenscliff Brewhouse / Old England Hotel (Heidelberg)

Best Sports Bar – Regional: The Grovedale Hotel

Best Sports Bar – Metropolitan: Taylors Lakes Hotel

Best Specialty Bar:  Hophaus Bier Bar Grill (Southbank)

Best Presented Beer: Joint winners: Clifton Hill Brewpub / Hophaus Bier Bar Grill (Southbank)

Best Environmental Initiative:  Lord of the Isles (Geelong)

Best Hotel Accommodation: Taylors Lakes Hotel

Best Redeveloped Hotel - Food & Beverage: Country Club Hotel (Yea)

Best Redeveloped Hotel – GamingRichmond Social

Best Hotel Group Operator: Sand Hill Road

Outstanding Achievement in TrainingZagame’s Reservoir

People’s Choice AwardGrand Hotel Warrandyte

Best Marketed Hotel: Fargo and Co (Richmond)

Best Live Entertainment Venue: Corner Hotel (Richmond)

Heart Of The Community: Kelly's Motor Club Hotel (Cranbourne)

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