Well, safe to say we are chuffed to bits having just won a clutch of awards at a prestigious national brewing competition – including 2 golds, a silver and a bronze.
We won the awards at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) national awards, in Liverpool, which judged hundreds of beers from the UK’s top independent breweries.
The success started with 2 golds and a silver award in the regional heat which pitted our beers against breweries from 7 counties in the Eastern region.
We were delighted to be judged to have brewed the best craft lager in the Premium Lager category – with our ever popular StubbleStag – and then our Blonde IPA completed the winning double by taking gold in the Premium Bitter and Pale ale category.
Making it a trio of awards our DewHopper lager scooped a silver as well in the keg beer competition.
The Blonde IPA really was a great result as well since it is a brand-new beer in our portfolio so it was a debut winner.
The regional success meant that the two gold winners went in to the national final, as indeed did DewHopper as that had previously qualified with a regional gold in the bottle category.
To have three of our beers represented at the Oscar’s of the beer world was amazing. When we started the brewery, just six years ago, our main focus was always going to be on real ale, but we also wanted craft lagers to be a small, but important part, of our portfolio – allowing us to reach out to more drinkers.
The night got even better for the team as its DewHopper was awarded bronze in the national final for the best bottled lager category.
The awards had areal flavour of Norfolk as our lagers and the IPA use Norfolk Maris Otter barley from local maltster Crisp Maltings.
Chuffed to bits!