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Malaysian first at World Beer Awards 2023

19th August 2023

In the world of Asian craft brewing, Malaysia represents one of the smaller players. But the country’s small craft brewing industry took an important step forward recently, when Malaysian brewers Paperkite Brewing Co took home the gold medal for its signature Copper Ale, and a silver medal for its Pale Ale, at the World Beer Awards 2023 on August 3rd.

“We’re incredibly proud and surprised to take home two medals after putting in so much hard work into making our passion and dreams come true as a startup,” says PaperKite Founder and longtime craft beer advocate Alvin Lim.

“We’re truly honoured to have our beers recognised and appreciated by our peers worldwide. This recognition indicates that we’re on the right track to ensuring people back home in Malaysia can enjoy world-class brews.”

Paperkite’s Copper Ale is now in the running for the World’s Best Beers, the next stage of the competition where the highest rated beers go up against each other in their respective categories. Their star is certainly on the rise, as they recently took home the bronze prize for their Pale Ale at Beerfest Asia 2023, held in Singapore last June.

Alvin Lim collects Paperkite certificates at the World Beer Awards

Paperkite Brewing Co. co-founder Alvin Lim collects his WBA certificates (Photo: Paperkite Brewing Co.)

“This is a dream come true for the PaperKite team. We’re grateful for the recognition received by the international craft beer community as we continue to do our best to make good beer for Malaysian pride,” says Gilbert Ang, PaperKite’s Brewer.

Following this win, Paperkite has several activities lined up. They will embark on a Malaysian road tour later this year, with a celebratory stopover in Penang on August 27th at Backdoor Bodega. Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh are also on their road tour itinerary, with the dates to be announced via their Paperkite Instagram.

Paperkite is a fully Malaysian owned and operated craft brewery, founded by “passionate local beer geeks who dream of showcasing Malaysian pride in their pursuit to make the best beers possible”. Their artisanal beers are lovingly handcrafted to the highest possible standards, utilising 100% natural ingredients with no added sugar. For now their beers are only available at the Tap Room, located in Bamboo Hills, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Andreas Arphan

Andreas Arphan


Hailing from the world of public relations Andreas now provides PR consultancy and editorial services across the region as well as enjoying some of Asia’s finest craft beers from his home base in Malaysia.

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