Fresh on the back of last month’s trio of cask awards from the Eastern Region of SIBA we are thrilled that this month we have scooped two awards from SIBA for our keg offerings – Triskele winning Gold and DewHopper bronze.
We scooped the awards at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Eastern region awards, held in Leigh on Sea.
Since we won gold, we are now through to the national finals to go head-to-head with the other UK regions in the national finals.
Our Triskele ale won gold in the Eastern regional heats for specialty beers. This lush porter, as well as using de-husked dark malts for added smoothness – a clever trick mastered by the Germans for their dark lagers – also uses smoked beech barley, coriander, and orange peel.
None of the ingredients are used in such quantities so as to dominate – but simply used in balance with each other, the result of which is a rich, luxuriant complexity. Thank fully you don’t have to just take our word for it the judges said it too!
Triskele is a regular of ours each autumn/winter and traditionally we just offer it in cask and bottle. However, this year was the first time we tried it in keg – s to win a gold against some too regional brewers is a genuine thrill for us.
Its also testament of how Moon Gazer cask beers can transfer excellent into keg – by way of us now using Key Kegs – which we will as we do a cask beer but are dispensed on a pubs’ keg line, which has opened up a whole new audience to our beers.
Dewhopper picked up yet another award – now its over 10 and counting for our best-selling gluten free lager. In fairness this carvery was hotly contested this year -usually categories divide beers by strength and style but this year all lagers were in the same category, so you really needed to stand out. Thankfully, Dewhopper once again did us proud.
We are delighted that we were judged to be in the top keg beers produced in the region and to continue our proud run of representing craft beer from Norfolk at the national finals.
To be awarded Gold against such a strong line up was amazing. To be voted best in the east is amazing, but the accolade of being in the top 7 in the county is something which the whole team is so proud of.
There is a strong Norfolk flavour in all Moon Gazer ales as they are brewed using Norfolk Maris Otter barley from Norfolk maltster Crisp Maltings.