Published on September 5, 2017 | by Alastair Gilmour


Podium places aplenty promotes perfection in pints

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind few weeks for beer competitions – and here we pay tribute to the brewers from the region who are now jingling with medals and attempting to find space on their walls for framed certificates.

Brew York and Rooster’s came home with the two top awards in the SIBA North East Independent Beer Awards. As far as SIBA (the Society of Independent Brewers) is concerned, the North East includes the whole of Yorkshire, Humberside, Cleveland, Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

Brew York Brewery took the overall Gold in the cask ale category with Keras American Pale Ale, whereas Rooster’s from Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, was named overall small pack (bottle and can) winner for Twenty-Four-Seven Session IPA.

Elsewhere, it was a good day at the tasting bench for Cullercoats Brewery (Tyne & Wear) as Fortification won Gold, its best-selling Shuggy Boat Blonde took Silver, while Rocket Brigade IPA and Dry Hop Project #23 Ernest both gained Bronze.

At the British Bottlers’ Institute competition, Durham Brewery Bede’s Chalice took the gold medal in the strong ales class, while Black Bishop was awarded a diploma.

The World Beer Awards also unveiled some well-deserved success for Durham, along with Northumberland’s Anarchy Brew Co and Allendale Brewery plus Black Sheep from North Yorkshire.

Durham Diabolus Oak-Aged Russian Stout was named Country Winner in the Wood-Aged category, while Allendale Brewery Pennine Pale was also a Country Winner in the Session IPA class.

Anarchy Brew Co’s Urban Assault (Country Winner, Pale Ale) and Anti-Venom IPA (Country Winner, IPA) made it a nice double for the Morpeth-based brewery.

At Black Sheep, Riggwelter took Gold in Strong Beers; Choc & Orange Stout was Country Winner for Sweet/Milk/Oatmeal Stouts. Black Sheep Ale (Silver, Pale Beer), and My Generation (Bronze, Pale Ale) were also something shout about.

All country winners progress to the global awards. The final list of World’s Best Beers is scheduled to be announced on September 21.

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