Brewster’s Wins Gold at the International Brewing Awards
The awards, which take place every two years, are known as the ‘Oscars’ of the brewing industry. Around 1000 entries from 50 countries are judged by brewers from around the world across a number of different categories. Hophead was placed first in the Class 1 category for Cask Ale 2.9% – 3.8% ABV.
“Recognition at the International Brewing Awards is a massive boost for Brewster’s Brewery”, says winning brewster Sara Barton. “As a gold-medal winner we’ve been chosen as one of the best cask ales in the world by other brewers. We believe that we’ve earned our place on the bar as a top-quality British brewery, consistently brewing great-tasting and innovative beers.
“Hophead is our best-selling beer and we brew it at least once a week to keep up with demand,” continued Sara. “We first brewed Hophead in 1999, naming it after the term that we first heard in the USA where West Coast brewers are often called “Hopheads” due to their passion for brewing hoppy beers. Hoppy beers have done much to attract new drinkers to cask ale and we’re proud that our Hophead is one of the best.”
The judges at the International Brewing Awards particularly enjoyed Hophead’s “refreshing hop notes” and the beer is now in the running, alongside three other class winners, for the International Cask Conditioned Beer Competition Trophy which will be announced on 29th April.
Sara’s tasting notes for Hophead:
A very flavoursome blond beer with a fresh zesty hop character; highlights of orange, lemon and blackcurrant hop notes from a blend of English & American hops.
Sara adds: “This is what the hip young brewers are calling a session IPA!”