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Society Of Independent Brewers

Added: Saturday, March 1st 2008

A beer brewed in a disused milking parlour in Gloucestershire has been named Supreme Champion Beer of Britain in the annual awards held by Siba, the Society of Independent Brewers. Severn Sins, a 5.2% stout, won the top accolade in a competition that had 342 entries. The results were announced at the Siba annual conference in York on Friday 7 March 2008.

Owner Steve McDonald said he was "over the moon" at winning the award. He added that it had taken his family a year to convert the old milking parlour into a small craft brewery. The brewery is in Cam near Dursley and one of the pubs it supplies is the Old Spot in Dursley, which has just been named CAMRA's National Pub of the Year. The full list of Siba awards: Champion Bitter (up to 4%) Gold: Moorhouses Premier (3.7%) Silver: Stroud Brewery Tom Long (3.8%) Bronze: Poachers Shy Talk (3.7%) Best Bitter (4.1-4.5%) Gold: Cairngorm Trade Winds (4.3%) Silver: Otley CO2 (4.2%) Bronze: Surrey Hills Shere Drop (4.2%) Premium Bitter (4.6-4.9%) Gold: Vale Gravitas (4.8%) Silver: Stewart Brewing Edinburgh Gold (4.8%) Bronze: Oakleaf Hole Hearted (4.7%) Strong Ale (5%+) Gold: Hogs Back AoverT (9%) Silver: Whim Ales Flower Power (5.3%) Bronze: Ossett Excelsior (5.2%) Mild Gold: Highland Dark Munro (4%) Silver: Castle Rock Black Gold (3.8%) Bronze: Elgood's Black Dog (3.6%) Porter, Strong Mild, Old Ale & Stout Gold: Severn Vale Severn Sins (5.2%) Silver: Beartown Polar Eclipse (4.8%) Bronze: Amber Ales Original Black Stout (4%) Speciality Beers Gold: Oak Leaf I Can't Believe It's Not Bitter (4.9%) Silver: Sinclair Breweries Atlas Wayfarer (4.4%) Bronze: Jarrow Brewery Westoe IPA (4.6%) Bottled Beers Gold: Sinclair Atlas Latitude (3.9%) Silver: Westerham William Wilberforce Freedom Ale (4.8%) Bronze: Mauldon's Black Adder (5.3%) Supreme Champions Gold: Severn Vale Severn Sins Silver: Moorhouses Premier Bronze: Vale Gravitas