Malton-brewed Brass Castle beer crowned UK Supreme Champion
Malton’s Brass Castle Brewery fought off strong competition from breweries across the UK to earn the Supreme National Champion Cask Beer accolade for its ‘Burnout’ beech-smoked porter at the BeerX National Beer Competition 2015, held by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).
Brass Castle also scooped a Gold medal for it’s Sunshine IPA bottled beer, and won a SIBA Business Award for ‘Best Community Support’. Based in the centre of Yorkshire’s food capital – Malton – Brass Castle is a microbrewery producing vegetarian/vegan-friendly cask, keg and bottled ales and lagers.
Burnout earned its place at the National Competition by winning the cask Porters, Stouts, Old Ales and Strong Milds category in the regional heat at the York CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival, where it was also chosen as the Overall Champion of the Northeast Regional Competition. It was one of just a handful of beers to represent the Northeast at SIBA BeerX and was judged against beers of the same style from another seven regions. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were awarded in each category, as well as three Supreme Champion Awards – given to the beers judged to be the best cask, keg and bottled beers.
Aron McMahon of Brass Castle Brewery said, “We are very proud of our beers and over-the- moon to have them recognised on a national stage, against some of the finest beers from all over the UK. Hopefully this fantastic Overall Champion award will help to introduce our beers to hundreds of drinkers who haven’t tried them before. It’s also really gratifying to win recognition for Brass Castle’s role in the community. It has always been important for us to be more than just a producer of beer and really engage locally. Part of that is in donating a share of profits from our beers and events to local charities. So the more of our beer that gets drunk, the more good we can do!
He added, “We’re grateful to everyone who has helped us to brew great beer, and to the many local pubs, shops and drinkers who have supported us. We now have the opportunity to celebrate in our home town at our annual BEERTOWN event – the timing couldn’t be better!“