Grain brewery’s (Norfolk) Redwood judged ‘Overall Champion’ at Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) East Regional Beer Competition

Redwood, brewed by Grain Brewery (Alburgh, Norfolk) has been named Overall Champion ‘Cask Beer’ at SIBA’s East Regional Independent Beer Competition.

More than 220 beers, from 40 breweries were judged by hundreds of independent craft brewers, beer industry representatives and experienced beer drinkers at Elgood’s brewery in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire.

Redwood is 4.3% abv and described as a rich red bitter that beautifully balances roasted malts with sherbert grapefruit hoppiness.

The Overall ‘Cask Beer’ Silver Award went to Red Squirrel Brewery (Potten End, Hertfordshire) and Greene Devil IPA brewed by Oakham Ales (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire) took the Bronze.

Wolf Brewery (Attleborough, Norfolk) also took home the top prize, winning Overall Champion in the Small Pack (bottle and can) competition with their Sirius Dog Star which is 4.4% abv and described as ‘Roast, coffee and caramel aroma flows into a similar first taste. Big mouthfeel with a slightly sour caramel enhanced finale.’

Commenting on the quality of winners, SIBA Chairman and beer judge, Guy Sheppard said, “There were some excellent beers in the competition in great condition and the winners deserve huge praise for setting themselves apart, but I’d like to thank all of those who entered as the standard of entries from across the East region was very high this year. I would also like to say a big thank you to Elgood’s brewery for hosting these awards. All of the competition beers can be enjoyed at the Elgood’s beer festival this weekend.(30th Sept – 1st Oct).”

Leanne Rowe from Grain Brewery, winner of the Overall Cask Champion award at the Competition said, “We are dead chuffed to win this award again. This is the second year in a row that we have won the Overall East Regional Cask Champion award, although last year we won it with our IPA. To win it again with so much competition from many great breweries in the East Region is something to be very proud of. I would like to say a special big thank you to Phil and Graham at the brewery for everything they have done to make our award winning beers!”

Will Edwards, Manager of Wolf Brewery, on winning the Overall Small Pack award said, “This fantastic bottled beer started off as a seasonal beer but due to its success has been added to our permanent range. We are delighted to win this regional award and look forward to the national finals in Sheffield next March. I would like to send a special thanks to our Head Brewer Derek Dunstan and Director Kay Edwards for their role in making this all happen.”

All Gold category winners will now be entered into the SIBA National Finals which take place at BeerX in Sheffield (16-19th March 2017)

For further information:
Tony Jerome, SIBA’s Communications Director – or 07736948186

Notes to Editors:
Elgood’s Beer Festival runs from Friday 30th September – Saturday 1st October. 150 beers for visitors to enjoy. For more information visit

SIBA East Regional Independent Beer Awards results:

Overall Champion ‘Cask Beer’ – Sponsored by SPAsoft Ltd
Gold: Grain Brewery (Norfolk), Redwood
Silver: Red Squirrel Brewing Company (Hertfordshire), London Porter
Bronze: Oakham Ales (Cambridgeshire), Green Devil IPA

Standard Milds & Brown Ales – Sponsored by Bulk Storage & Process System Ltd
Gold: Earl Soham Brewery Ltd (Suffolk), Sir Rogers Porter
Silver: Brentwood Brewing Company (Essex), White Elephant
Bronze: Milton Brewery (Cambridgeshire), Minotaur

Standard Bitters & Pale Ales – Sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons
Gold: Wibblers Brewery (Farms) Ltd (Essex), Dengie IPA
Silver: Lacons Brewery (Norfolk), Encore
Bronze: Maldon Brewing Company Ltd (Essex), A Drop of Nelson’s Blood

Best Bitters & Pale Ales – Sponsored by Charles Farams & Co. Ltd
Gold: Grain Brewery (Norfolk), Redwood
Silver: Bishop Nick Ltd (Essex), Heresy
Bronze: Tring Brewery (Hertfordshire), Drop Bar Pale Ale

Premium Bitters & Pale Ales – Sponsored by QCL Beerlab
Gold: Green Jack Brewing Co. Ltd (Suffolk), Trawlerboys
Silver: Milton Brewery (Cambridgeshire), Minerva
Bronze: Oldershaw Brewery (Lincolnshire), Hello!

Strong Bitters & Pale Ales – Sponsored by Murphy & Son Ltd
Gold: Earl Soham Brewery Ltd (Suffolk), Sea Dog
Silver: Green Jack Brewing Co. Ltd (Suffolk), Mahseer IPA
Bronze: Elmtree Beers Ltd (Norfolk), Golden Pale Ale

Premium Strong Beers – Sponsored by Crisp Malting
Gold: Oakham Ales (Cambridgeshire), Green Devil IPA
Silver: Lacons Brewery (Norfolk), Audit
Bronze: Earl Soham Brewery Ltd (Suffolk), Dreadnought

Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds & Strong Brown Ales – Sponsored by Muntons PLC
Gold: Red Squirrel Brewing Company (Hertfordshire), London Porter
Silver: Mauldons Brewery (Suffolk), Black Adder Stout
Bronze: Green Jack Brewing Co. Ltd (Suffolk), Lurcher

Speciality Beers – Sponsored by Brewers Select
Gold: Mauldons Brewery (Suffolk), Blackberry Porter
Silver: Colchester Brewery (Essex), Brazilian
Bronze: Billericay Brewing (Essex), Chilli Porter

Overall Champion ‘Small Pack’ – Sponsored by Beatson Clark
Gold: Wolf Brewery (Norfolk), Sirius Dog Star
Silver: Elgood & Sons Ltd (Cambridgeshire), Warrior Ale
Bronze: Tring Brewery (Hertfordshire), Tea Kettle Stout

Small Pack – Standard Mild Ales & Brown Ales
Gold: Wolf Brewery (Norfolk), Sirius Dog Star
Silver: Nethergate Brewery (Essex), Suffolk County
Bronze: Earl Soham Brewery Ltd (Suffolk), Sir Rogers Porter

Small Pack – Standard Bitters & Pale Ales – Sponsored by Saxon Packaging
Gold: Shortss Brewery (Suffolk), Rockabilly
Silver: Elmtree Beers Ltd (Norfolk), Best Bitter
Bronze: Brentwood Brewing Company (Essex), Brentwood Gold

Small Pack – Premium Bitters & Pales Ales – Sponsored by Label Apeel
Gold: Woodfordes (Norfolk), Nelsons Revenge
Silver: Shortts Brewery (Suffolk), Skiffle
Bronze: Elmtree Beers Ltd (Norfolk), Snetterton Scary Tree

Small Pack – Strong Bitters & Pale Ales
Gold: Elgood & Sons Ltd (Cambridgeshire), Warrior Ale
Silver: Leighton Buzzard Brewing Co (Bedordshire), Restoration X
Bronze: Oldershaw Brewery (Lincolnshire), American Hopsquad IPA

Small Pack – Premium Strong Beers – Sponsored by Air Equipment
Gold: Lacons Brewery (Norfolk), Audit
Silver: St. Peter’s Brewery Co. Ltd (Suffolk), Black IPA
Bronze: Barrell & Sellers (Suffolk), India Pale Ale

Small Pack – Standard Lager & Pilsners
Gold: The Norfolk Brewhouse (Norfolk), Dewhopper Norfolk Lager
Silver: Calvors Brewery Limited (Suffolk), Calvors 3Point8 Helles Lager
Bronze: Brewsters Brewing Co. (Lincolnshire), Helles

Small Pack – Premium Lager & Pilsners
Gold: The Norfolk Brewhouse (Norfolk), StubbleStag
Silver: Calvors Brewery Limited (Suffolk), Calvors Premium Pilsner Lager
Bronze: Wibblers Brewery (Farms) Ltd (Essex), Odyssey

Small Pack – Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds & Strong Brown Ales
Gold: Tring Brewery (Hertfordshire), Tea Kettle Stout
Silver: Brewsters Brewing Co. (Lincolnshire), Aromatic Porter
Bronze: Mauldons Brewery (Suffolk), Black Adder Stout

Small Pack – Speciality Beers
Gold: Elgood & Sons Ltd (Cambridgeshire), Q E Cherry Wheat
Silver: Green Jack Brewing Co. Ltd (Suffolk), Flower Power
Bronze: Mauldons Brewery (Suffolk), Blackberry Porter

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