Best new business, a national bronze medal and a dog back from the dead.
September has been a rather emotional month for Alistair and Kate Owen, the owners of Black Duck Brewery in northern NSW.
Their Great Dane, Murphy, went missing, they won a local business award, Murphy returned, and then they were recognised with a national beer medal.
"It certainly has been an exciting time, probably the biggest one is getting Murphy back," said Alistair.
"But the Business Awards, certainly it's appreciated, the recognition from other local businesses, and our first medal ever at the Sydney Beer and Cider Show.
"I think it's good recognition and feedback that we're making beers are appreciated than people other than us."
Murphy disappeared after being hit by a car when scared off the Owen's Herons Creek property by the neighbour's fireworks.
"We searched the forest for a week, and had no luck, so we'd organised a big search party the following Sunday morning to at least go and find him," he said.
"He turned up our doorstep at 7:30 in the morning, thin, thirsty, covered in ticks, but all intact and good, all things considered.
Alistair and Kate used facebook, where Murphy also has a page, to spread the word they were searching for their big black dog.
"Through the time he was away with the social media posts and support, we realised further how strong a following he's got," he said.
"He's certainly part of the brewery, people know that he's here and people come quite often not to drink the beer, but to pat the dog.
"It's a fun thing to see and be so popular, and he loves a smooch and a cuddle, so he gets a win out of it as well."
Black Duck Brewery entered two of its beers, the Heron's Craic and Proper Bitter, into the Sydney Royal competition.
But it was the Irish red ale that won over the judges for a bronze medal.
"There's a little bit of a hint of chocolate, there's a nice caramel sweetness, some good hop flavour but not a bitterness," he said.
"It's been well received here, so I guess not a surprise that it's done reasonably well down there."
It was a good result for the brewery in a year when medals were hard to come by.
"There was only one gold medal given for at least the packaged beers this year, which indicates they were marking us on our merits rather than just a popularity contest," he said.
"So a tougher competition, but an indication that we've gone okay."
The boutique brewery only opened its doors in Port Macquarie last October, after two and half years operating at nearby Herons Creek.
It was awarded Best New Business at the Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards earlier this month.
Alistair says it's been a really positive 12 months and there's been a good reception to their beer and the business.
"Everyone who comes is really impressed with how the venue works and we try and support local businesses as much as we can," he said.
"We've got the local products, we do the functions here and get people involved in what we're doing and make their things work well."