Liquorice Beer Makes It A Hat-Trick Of Wins At World Beer Awards For Yorkshire Brewer!
East Yorkshire based Great Newsome Brewery has made it a hat-trick of wins in the World Beer Awards 2015 announced this week, following successes in both 2013 and 2014. The family run craft brewery has taken a Gold Medal for its ‘Liquorice Lads Stout’ following success in previous years with Frothingham Best, best bitter.
What has made the award more special is that the brewery produced the beer unusually using real liquorice root at the request of one particular customer. ‘Liquorice Lads Stout’, which takes its name from the gangs of workers who once harvested the root by hand was inspired by customer, Robert Copley of Pontefract based ‘Farmer Copleys’, who is bringing back the growing of liquorice to its spiritual home in the West Yorkshire town.
“I am delighted that we are getting into the habit of winning World Beer awards”, said Matthew Hodgson from Great Newsome Brewery. “We have won various awards in the UK over the last 8 years or so since the brewery began but to win awards for the quality of our beer over the last 3 years on the World stage is a credit to everyone here”, he added.
“When Robert approached us last year to brew a liquorice beer we found it to be one of the more tricky beers to brew, especially working with liquorice root and so this is award makes the hours getting it right all worthwhile”.
“The Liquorice Lads Stout has gained quite a following since we first released it, I have been surprised with how people who love liquorice seek anything out made with it and we will certainly use this award to help promote this unusual beer”.
Great Newsome Brewery gained national media coverage for its ‘Frothingham Best’ beer which won the title “Best Bitter up to 5%” in the World in the 2013 ‘World Beer Awards’. It subsequently won a European bronze in the same awards in 2014. Liquorice Lads Stout which has been awarded a gold medal in the Flavoured Stout / Porter category and is a rich dark beer at 4.3% with an aroma of Pontefract cakes. The brewery uses home grown malting barley from it farm to brew its range of beers and uses quirky names such as Sleck Dust, Pricky Back Otchan and Frothingham Best. Established in 2007 it now supplies its award winning cask and bottles beers throughout the UK and overseas.