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The best alcohol brands in the 2021/22 Finder Retail Awards

We reveal Australia's favourite alcohol brands for 2021/22

The Finder Retail Awards recognises Australia's favourite brands across a huge number of categories. We survey thousands of real Australians to understand how they feel about their recent product purchases, and use that information to reward the most popular brands.

These are the best brands for alcohol in the 2021/22 Awards.

Spirits categories

Best whisky brand

Best whisky brand: Archie Rose

Sydney-based distillery Archie Rose has beaten back competition from global giants to take out the coveted Best Whisky Brand award. With solid scoring across all areas, 97% of poeple recommended Archie Rose.

  • Yellow Rose
  • Teeling
Best rum brand

Best rum brand: Bundaberg

Australians love Bundaberg Rum, which is why it takes out this year's best rum Finder Award. Recommended by 97% of surveyed Aussies, Bundaberg Rum was top of the table for taste while also rating highly for its range and value for money.

  • Kraken
  • Captain Morgan
Best tequila brand

Best tequila brand: Codigo

For the finest tequila, look no further than Codigo. It won the Finder Award for best tequila brand this year, scoring impressively high for taste and value for money.

  • Patron
  • Herradura

See Finder's picks for the best tequila in Australia

Best gin brand

Best gin brand: Hendricks

For the most flavourful gin, Australians have rated Hendricks as the best choice. Recommended by 100% of respondents and with the highest taste rating of qualified brands, Hendricks is clear winner.

  • Gordon's
  • Tanqueray
Best vodka brand

Best vodka brand: Poliakov

Whether drinking straight or mixing it in a cocktail, the best rated vodka brand in Australia this year is Poliakov.

  • Belvedere
  • Royal Dragon

Beer categories

Best Aussie beer brand

Best Aussie beer brand: Tooheys

Australia has a great variety of strong breweries, but Tooheys has come out on top for this year's Finder Award for best Aussie beer.

  • Victoria Bitter
  • XXXX
Best international beer brand

Best international beer brand: Beck's

The Germans have a long history with beer, so it's no surprise that Beck's has taken home the Finder Award for best International beer brand this year, thanks to its taste and value for money.

  • Carlsberg
  • Coors
Best lager brand

Best lager brand: Chang

Thailand's Chang beer has been rated the best Lager brand in this year's Finder Awards, rating highly for value for money and taste.

  • Asahi
  • Peroni
Best pale ale brand

Best pale ale brand: Coopers

Recommended by 100% of surveyed drinkers, Coopers has taken out the Finder Award for best Pale Ale. The brand had the highest score for taste and range of products.

  • James Squire
  • Ballistic
Best light beer brand

Best light beer brand: Hahn

It may not be full strength, but Hahn's light beer is still strong enough to take home the Finder Award for best rated light beer brand, scoring strongly across all areas.

  • Fosters
  • Coopers
Best non-alcoholic beer brand

Best non-alcoholic beer brand: Steersman

For a beer without the booze, look no further than Steersman, which has taken away this year's Finder Award for best non-alcoholic beer brand.

  • Heineken
  • Coopers
Best low calorie beer brand

Best low calorie beer brand: Young Henrys

For a full flavoured beer without all the calories, consider Young Henrys. The brand has won this year's Finder Award for low calorie beer, rating highly for taste and range of products.

  • Guinness
  • Iron Jack

Wine awards

Best wine brand

Best wine brand: Brown Family

Whether you want red or white, sparkling or rosé, Brown Family wines are a great choice. The brand has won the Finder Award for best wine brand, with the highest rating for taste and a 100% recommendation score.

  • Accolades
  • Casellas
Best sparkling wine brand

Best sparkling wine brand: Whispers

Whispers is the best rated sparkling wine brand in Australia in this year's Finder Awards. The brand topped all brands for value for money, and was recommended by 94% of surveyed Aussies.

  • Jacob's Creek
  • Passion Pop

See Finder's picks for the best champagne in Australia

Best white wine brand

Best white wine brand: Audrey Wilkinson

With the highest scores for its range of products and taste, Audrey WIlkinson has taken out the Finder Award for best white wine brand this year. 100% of surveyed drinkers recommend Audrey Wilkinson white wines.

  • Banrock Station
  • Brown Brothers
Best red wine brand

Best red wine brand: Sevenhill

For a nice red wine to accompany your meal, look no further than Sevenhill. It has won our Finder Award for best red wine brand this year, thanks to its high scores on range of products and value for money.

  • Jacob's Creek
  • Red Knot
Best rose wine brand

Best rose wine brand: Miraval

The best rated Rose wine brand in this year's Finder Awards is Miraval. 96% of surveyed Australians would recommend Miraval Rose wines.

  • Grawlix
  • De Bortoli
Best organic wine brand

Best organic wine brand: Vina Albali

Vina Albali is the best rated organic wine brand in this year's Finder Awards. It scored well for its range of products and value for money.

  • Captive Wines
  • Babich
Best non-alcoholic wine brand

Best non-alcoholic wine brand: Jacob's Creek

For all the flavour of wine without the alcohol, Jacob's Creek is the brand to beat, having taken out this year's Finder Award for best non-alcoholic wine brand.

  • Altina Drinks
  • De Bortoli

How we chose the winners

The 2021/22 Finder Retail Awards recognise brand sentiment from customer feedback on different retail product categories. Finder worked with data and insights company, Dynata to conduct thousands of customer interviews around their product purchasing history and satisfaction with their purchased products.

Disclaimer: Please refer to our methodology for more information on how we scored and judged Finder Retail Awards candidates. While we endeavour to assess the majority of product providers in the market, this is not always possible and it may be that not every brand in the market was included for judging.

Written by

Nick Broughall

Nick Broughall is a global group publisher across shopping, travel, tech, streaming and reviews at Finder. An award-winning journalist with over 15 years' experience writing about technology, Nick has edited leading tech publications, including Gizmodo, TechRadar and T3 Magazine, as well as contributing to CNET, the Sydney Morning Herald, Lifehacker, and many more. In 2016 he was awarded the Best Reviewer title at the 14th Annual IT Journalism Awards and has been a finalist for Best Reviewer, Best Consumer Technology Journalist and Best News Journalist on multiple occasions. Nick has a Bachelor of Media and finds joy in solving problems with technology. See full profile

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