Island Hopping by Swannay Brewery named best beer in Scotland at Independent Beer Awards
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.
Full list of category winners here: http://www.siba.co.uk/events/regional-competitions/scotland/2016-2
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