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Wolf and North seize SIBA gold

Added: Friday, March 16th 2018

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Wolf Brewery and North Brewing Co have taken home Overall Champion Gold in the Cask and Keg Awards at the SIBA Independent Beer Awards 2018, with Tring Brewery being named the best bottled or canned beer.
 
Judged by brewers and industry experts and organised by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) at their flagship BeerX event in Liverpool, the awards run across a huge range of beer style categories in cask, craft keg, bottle and can.
 
The Champion Cask beer is Sirius Dog Star from Wolf brewery and is described as being a ‘uniquely flavoured red ale, lightly hopped with American Galena and Cluster hops, a smooth beer with a soft fruity finish’, it was Transmission from North Brewing Co that took home the top gong in the Craft Keg competition with their ‘hugely drinkable Beer with a light body and dry finish’ , in the bottle and can competition (known as ‘smallpack’ by those in the trade) it was Death or Glory from Tring Brewery, A ‘rich, sweet barley wine with a heady, alcoholic nose and incredibly complex flavour profile.’
 
Georgina Edwards, Wolf Brewery:
 
“A lot of blood sweat and tears goes into that beer so it means a huge amount to win. It means the world to the family. We were aiming for a smooth, dark session beer that is accessible but with huge flavour - something I think we achieved!”
 
John Gyngell, North Brewing Co:
 
“This award means so much to the whole team, who have been hustling hard and constantly growing the business and making great beer. This beer started life as a trial brew before our brewer Seb even joined us full time. He’s still constantly improving it, and now with this beer we think we’ve nailed that combination of drinkability and a modern, full flavour.”
 
Sam reed, Tring Brewery:
 
"One of our original founders was a royal lancer and this beer is his creation - it’s proved so popular we’ve been brewing it ever since! We just think it’s a great barley wine and it’s nice to know that we’re doing the right things after all these years of brewing it."
 
The SIBA Independent Beer Awards at BeerX are the trade association’s National finals and in order to earn a place at the competition brewers must first win at their regional competition – making these overall Champions very much the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to British independent craft beer.
 
SIBA Chairman Buster Grant, a brewer himself at Brecon Brewing in Wales, congratulated the winners on their huge achievement:
 
“Making it to the finals is an achievement in itself, winning your style category is something to be even more proud of, and then going on to be named the Overall Champion Gold against such tough competition really is something truly special. These are the three best beers from independent craft brewers across cask, keg, bottle and can – beers which I would encourage both beer drinkers and publicans across the UK to seek out while they still can, as demand for these beers is surely about to go through the roof!”
 

  
SIBA’s National Independent Beer Awards 2018
 
Full Winners List
 
                    
  
  Overall Cask Champions  
 
Sponsored by Close Brothers Brewery Rentals   Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Wolf Brewery  Sirius Dog Star 4.4
Silver  Oakham Ales  Green Devil IPA 6.0
Bronze  Bedlam Brewery Ltd  Porter 5.0
  
Cask Champion Standard Mild Ales & Brown Ales
 
Sponsored by Murphy & Sons Ltd
  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Wolf Brewery Sirius Dog Star 4.4
Silver  Langham Brewery Triple XXX 4.4
Bronze  Jaw Brew Fathom 4.0
  
Cask Champion Standard Bitters & Pale Ales
Sponsored by Close Brothers Brewery Rentals   Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Wye Valley Brewery  The Hopfather 3.9
Silver  Purity Brewing Company  Bunny Hop 3.5
Bronze  Lacons Brewery  Encore 3.8
  
Cask Champion Best Bitters & Pale Ales
 
Sponsored by Napthens LLP 
 
  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Grain Brewery Redwood 4.3
Silver  Brew York Ltd Keras 4.1
Bronze  Ludlow Brewing Company Blonde 4.0
  
Premium Bitters & Pale Ales
 
Sponsored by Thomas Fawcett & Sons
  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Hooded Ram Brewing Company  Liberty East Coast Pale 4.8
Silver  Dark Star Brewing Co Ltd  American Pale Ale 4.7
Bronze  The Backyard Brewhouse  Gold 4.5
  
Cask Champion Strong Bitters & Pale Ales
 
Sponsored by Charles Faram & Co Ltd
  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA 6.0
Silver  Rooster's Brewery Ltd Baby-Faced Assassin 6.1
Bronze  Cairngorm Brewery Wildcat 5.1
  
Cask Champion Premium Strong Beers
 
Sponsored by Crisp Malting Group
  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Big Smoke Brew Co  The Judge DIPA 8.5
Silver  The Loose Cannon Brewing Co ltd  Double IPA 7.5
Bronze  Brecon Brewing  Mind Bleach 10.0
  
Cask Champion Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds & Strong Brown Ales
 
Sponsored by SPAsoft Ltd
 
  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Bedlam Brewery Ltd Porter 5.0
Silver  Northern Monkey Brew Co Underdog 6.0
Bronze  Windswept Brewing Co Wolf 6.0
  
Cask Champion Speciality Light Beers
Sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons   Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Dancing Duck  Wot the Duck? Duck a l'orange 6.4
Silver  Loch Lomond Brewery  Out of Range 5.9
Bronze  Green Jack Brewing Co. Ltd.  Orange Wheat 4.2
  
Cask Champion Speciality Mid to Dark Beers
Sponsored by Pentair Food & Beverage Solutions   Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Orkney Brewery Dark Island Reserve 10.0
Silver  Blue Monkey Brewery Guerrilla Chocolate Amaretto 4.9
Bronze  Mantle Brewery Dark Heart 5.2
  
  
  
  
Champion Small Pack Beers
 
Sponsored by Croxsons 
 
  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Tring Brewery  Death or Glory Ale 7.2
Silver  Gun Brewery  Imperial Whisky Stout 7.4
Bronze  Wily Fox Brewery  Karma Citra 4.3
  
Small Pack Champion Standard Mild Ales & Brown Ales
    Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Wolf Brewery Sirius Dog Star 4.4
Silver  Brampton Brewery Impy Dark 4.3
Bronze  Inner Bay Brewery Jasper 3.9
  
Small Pack Champion Standard Bitters & Pale Ales
 
Sponsored by Norriq Ltd
 
  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Wily Fox Brewery  Karma Citra 4.3
Silver  Loch Lomond Brewery  Southern Summit 4.0
Bronze  Ashover Brewery  Littlemoor Citra 4.1
  
Small Pack Champion Premium Bitters & Pale Ales
 
Sponsored by Vigo Ltd 
 
  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Thornbridge Brewery AM:PM 4.5
Silver  Tring Brewery Pale Four 4.6
Bronze  Rooster's Brewery Ltd Twenty-Four Seven (24/7) 4.7
  
Small Pack Champion Strong Bitters & Pale Ales
 
Sponsored by Russell Scanlan 
 
  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Windsor and Eton  Uprising's Treason 5.8
Silver  Maxim Brewery  Maximus 6.0
Bronze  Loch Lomond Brewery  Bravehop Amber 6.0
  
Small Pack Champion Premium Strong Beers
 
Sponsored by Beatson Clark Ltd 
 
  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Tring Brewery Death or Glory Ale 7.2
Silver  Knops Beer Company Black Cork 6.5
Bronze  Geipel Brewing Zoiglator Bock 6.7
  
Small Pack Champion Standard Lager & Pilsners
Sponsored by Vale Labels Ltd
 
  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Stewart Brewing  Franz 4.0
Silver  Charnwood Brewery  Liska  
 

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