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Published on March 3rd, 2015 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Test of the best at national finals

Wylam Brewery is taking one of its beers to Sheffield this month – to compete against the best brews in the country. Haxan Black Wit (6.2% abv), a black wheat beer with deep solid tawny tones, earned its place in the finals of the BeerX National Beer Competition 2015, organised by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), by winning the organisation’s regional award for speciality beers.

Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to category winners in the finals with three Supreme Champion Awards, given to the best cask, keg and bottled beers.

Wylam’s Dave Stone says: “We are very proud of our beers and delighted to have this opportunity to compete on a national stage against some of the finest beers in the UK. Obviously, we’re hoping to come home from BeerX with a medal, but we’re happy to introduce our beer to hundreds of drinkers who haven’t tried it before.

“We’re grateful to everyone at our brewery who has helped us to brew great beer, and to the many local pubs, shops and drinkers who have supported us.”

SIBA managing director Mike Benner said: “With hundreds of beers entered into at our regional beer competitions, winning an award and progressing to the national finals is a mark of a quality beer and Wylam Brewery should be very proud of their achievement.”

North Tyneside-based Mordue Brewery and Allendale Brewery from Northumberland are also in the frame in various categories. Winners are announced on Wednesday March 18.

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