‘American IPA’ from Navigation Brewery named best beer in the Midlands at SIBA Independent Beer Awards 2021
Navigation Brewery have taken home the Overall Champion Cask Beer Award at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Midlands Independent Beer Awards 2021, which took place at the Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival.
Their Gold-winning beer ‘American IPA’ proved a huge hit with the expert judges, described as ‘a light and fragrant ale which is dominated by the scents of spring – cherry blossom and acacia, with a delicate balance of floral notes and bitterness’.
The Overall Silver award winner continued the international theme, with Loose Cannon winning with their Belgian style Tripel – coming in at a hefty 8.5%. The Overall Bronze was snapped up by Blue Monkey brewery with their speciality ‘Guerilla Chocolate Ameretto’ Stout.
The awards took place ahead of the Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival (organised by CAMRA) at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, which continues today and over the weekend. Separate to CAMRA’s own awards the SIBA Independent Beer Awards are run by the brewers themselves and are judged by fellow brewers from elsewhere in the UK, as well other representatives from the industry and expert beer judges – making these the much coveted ‘brewers’ choice’ awards in the Midlands.
Accepting the top cask beer award for Navigation was Head Brewer Dominic Flynn,
“It’s amazing that two years ago we won this same Award with Saviour, which this beer was based on, and it’s good to know it is tasting as good as ever. There were some amazing beers in this competition so we really are blown away to win. It’s hard work making beer and we just try to make the best examples and styles as possible. We’re delighted and very proud.”
The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) represents independent craft brewers across the UK, and all the winners of the Midlands Independent Beer Awards will now go on to the National Finals at the BeerX UK event in Liverpool, March 2022.
Hosting the awards on behalf of SIBA was Neil Walker, Chair of SIBA’s Competitions Committee.
“The quality of beer in the competition was really exceptional and all kept in absolutely perfect condition by the expert cellar team at Nottingham CAMRA Beer Festival. Huge thanks to them and massive congratulations to all of the winners in this year’s awards – anyone taking home a category Gold has beaten some incredibly tough competition and should be very proud of their achievement. Particular congrats of course goes to the Overall Gold winner Navigation, who were worthy winners and whom I would wish the best of luck in the National Finals early next year!”
Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground continues today and
over the weekend, where all of the award-winning beers below will be on sale.
SIBA Midlands Independent Beer Awards 2021 – FULL WINNERS LIST
DATE OF JUDGING 13th October
Overall Champion of the Cask Competition
|Sponsored by Murphy & Son Ltd||Brewery||Product||ABV|
|Silver||Loose Cannon Brewery||Reunion Tripel||8.5|
|Bronze||Blue Monkey Brewery||Guerrilla Chocolate Amaretto||4.9|
Cask British Dark Beers (up to 4.4%)
|Gold||Littleover Brewery||The Panther Stout||4.2|
|Silver||Navigation Brewery||Eclipse Stout||4.1|
|Bronze||Shipstones Beer Company||Nut Brown||4|
Cask British Dark Beers (4.5 to 6.4%)
|Gold||Dancing Duck Brewery||Dark Drake||4.5|
|Silver||Loose Cannon Brewery||Robust British Porter||5|
|Bronze||Weal Ales Brewery||Centwealial Milk Stout||4.9|
Cask British Bitters (up to 4.4%)
|Gold||Rebellion Beer Co. Ltd||Overthrow||4.3|
|Silver||Brampton Brewery||Brampton Best||4.2|
|Bronze||Dancing Duck Brewery||22||4.3|
Cask Premium Bitters (4.5 to 6.4%)
|Sponsored by Charles Faram & Co Ltd||Brewery||Product||ABV|
|Gold||Towcester Mill Brewery||Steam Ale||4.5|
|Silver||Brampton Brewery||Wasp Nest||5|
|Bronze||The Chiltern Brewery||Three Hundreds Old Ale||4.9|
Cask Session IPA (up to 4.3%)
|Sponsored by Beer Box Shop||Brewery||Product||ABV|
|Gold||Dancing Duck Brewery||DCUK||4.3|
|Silver||Charnwood Brewery||Blue Fox||4.2|
Cask Premium PAs (4.4 to 5.4%)
|Silver||Blue Monkey Brewery||Infinity IPA||4.6|
|Bronze||Weal Ales Brewery||Weller Weal||4.6|
Cask IPA (5.5 to 6.4%)
|Sponsored by Premier Systems Ltd||Brewery||Product||ABV|
|Gold||Blue Monkey Brewery||Infinity Plus 1||5.6|
|Bronze||Derby Brewing Company||Quintessential||5.8|
Cask Speciality Light Beers
|Gold||Milestone Brewery||Raspberry Wheat Beer||5.6|
|Silver||Hollow Stone Brewing Co.||Sorbeto – Grapefruit IPA||6|
|Bronze||Weal Ales Brewery||Lemon and Ginger Weal||5.5|
Cask Speciality Mid to Dark Beers
|Gold||Blue Monkey Brewery||Guerrilla Chocolate Amaretto||4.9|
|Silver||Old Sawley Brewing Company||Plummeth The Hour||4.5|
|Bronze||Hollow Stone Brewing Co.||Krubera Stout||5.2|
Cask Strong Beers 6.5% and over
|Gold||Loose Cannon Brewery||Reunion Tripel||8.5|
|Silver||Backyard Brewhouse||Bad Santa||6.8|