Island Hopping by Swannay Brewery named best beer in Scotland at Independent Beer Awards 

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Island Hopping from Swannay brewery has been named the best beer in Scotland by judges at the SIBA Independent Beer Awards last night, hosted by Drygate Brewery in Glasgow.

 

The awards, run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), are unique in that the majority of judges are brewers themselves from independent craft breweries across the UK – making them the ‘brewers’ choice awards’ in the industry.

 

“Scotland has an amazingly vibrant and exciting independent craft beer scene and as such the quality of the entries was exceptionally high this year. I’d like to congratulate all of the winners and encourage anyone in or around Glasgow to head over to Drygate’s festival this evening or tomorrow to enjoy the fantastic award winning cask beers on offer.” Guy Sheppard, SIBA Chairman

 

Butch Lynch, brewer at Swannay brewery accepted the award at the competition, and had this to say on their win,

 

“It’s amazing to win, especially for such a small brewery as this award gets our name out across the whole of Scotland and beyond. We think Island Hopping is a very special beer and are proud that the judges did too – it’s hoppy, fruity, and full of flavour but also balanced and easy drinking, a great first beer!”

 

SIBA’s small pack competition, which judges Scotland’s best bottled and canned beers from independent brewers, also took place yesterday, with Mills & Hills of Fyne Ales taking the overall Gold.

 

“These means so much and it’s fantastic for our beer to be recognised by brewers in this way. We love this beer and it’s proved very popular with drinkers, so hopefully this award will help get it into the hands of more beer-lovers across the whole of Scotland..” Lynsey Campbell West Coast Sales Manager, Fyne Ales.

 

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For further information please contact SIBA’s PR & marketing Manager Neil Walker via neil.walker@siba.co.uk
Full results:

Overall Champion Cask Beer of the Competition

Sponsored by Label Apeel

GOLD Swannay Brewery Island Hopping
SILVER Williams Bros Brewing Co Williams Black
BRONZE Drygate Brewing Company Dark Skies Stout

 

Standard Milds & Brown Ales

GOLD Williams Bros Brewing Co Williams Black
SILVER Swannay Brewery Dark Munro
BRONZE Orkney Brewery Three Sisters

 

Standard Bitters & Pale Ales

Sponsored by Murphy & Son Ltd

GOLD Swannay Brewery Island Hopping
SILVER Windswept Brewing Co Aurora
BRONZE Kelburn Brewing Co Pivo Estivo

 

Best Bitters & Pale Ales 

Sponsored by Charles Faram & Co Ltd

GOLD Swannay Brewery Scapa Special
SILVER Williams Bros Brewing Co Birds & Bees
BRONZE Barney’s Beer Limited Extra Pale

 

Premium Bitters & Pale Ales

Sponsored by Bulk Storage & Process Systems Ltd

GOLD Alechemy Brewing Ltd Bad Day At The Office
SILVER Loch Lomond Brewery Bonnie n Clyde
BRONZE Swannay Brewery Pale Ale

 

Strong Bitters & Pale Ales

Sponsored by Rastal GmbH & Co KG

GOLD Cairngorm Brewery Wildcat
SILVER Swannay Brewery Duke IPA
BRONZE Williams Bros Brewing Co Joker IPA

 

Premium Strong Beers

Sponsored by Close Brothers Brewery Rentals

GOLD Loch Lomond Brewery Bravehop Amber IPA
SILVER Windswept Brewing Co Wolf
BRONZE Knops Beer Company Black Cork

 

Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds & Strong Brown Ales

Sponsored by Kegstar

GOLD Drygate Brewing Company Dark Skies Stout
SILVER Loch Lomond Brewery Silkie Stout
BRONZE Stewart Brewing Penny Mob Porter

 

Speciality Beers

GOLD Strathaven Ales Usquebae
SILVER Loch Lomond Brewery Wild Craft
BRONZE Orkney Brewery Dark Island Reserve

 

 

 

Overall Champion Small Pack of the Competition

Sponsored by Beatson Clark Ltd

GOLD Fyne Ales Mills & Hills
SILVER Drygate Brewing Company Seven Peaks IPA
BRONZE Drygate Brewing Company Bearface Lager

 

Small Pack – Standard Mild Ales & Brown Ales

GOLD Strathaven Ales Craigmill Mild
SILVER Orkney Brewery Three Sisters
BRONZE Jaw Brew Fathom

 

Small Pack – Standard Bitters & Pale Ales

Sponsored by Saxon Packaging Ltd

GOLD Orkney Brewery Red MacGregor
SILVER Fyne Ales Hurricane Jack
BRONZE Loch Lomond Brewery Southern Summit

 

Small Pack – Premium Bitters & Pale Ales

GOLD Harviestoun Brewery Broken Dial
SILVER Loch Lomond Brewery Bonnie n Clyde
BRONZE Cross Borders Brewing Company Ltd IPA

 

Small Pack – Strong Bitters & Pales Ales 

GOLD Drygate Brewing Company Seven Peaks IPA
SILVER Fyne Ales Sanda Blonde
BRONZE Barney’s Beer Limited Bastard Amber

 

Small Pack – Premium Strong Beers

GOLD Fyne Ales Mills & Hills
SILVER Drygate Brewing Company Crossing The Rubicon IPA
BRONZE Arran Brew Ltd Id

 

Small Pack – Standard Lager & Pilsners

GOLD Drygate Brewing Company Bearface Lager
SILVER Williams Bros Brewing Co Caesar Augustus
BRONZE Orkney Brewery Latitude

 

 

Small Pack – Premium Lager & Pilsners

GOLD Edinburgh Beer Factory Paolozzi
SILVER Harviestoun Brewery Schiehallion
BRONZE Loch Lomond Brewery Loch Lomond Lager

 

Small Pack – Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds & Strong Brown Ale

 

GOLD Loch Lomond Brewery Silkie Stout
SILVER Stewart Brewing Cauld Reekie
BRONZE Harviestoun Brewery Old Engine Oil

 

Small Pack – Speciality Beers 

GOLD Swannay Brewery Barrel Aged Orkney Porter (2014 Arran Ed)
SILVER Born in the borders Elderflower
BRONZE Stewart Brewing First World Problems

 


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