‘Black Gold’ by Cairngorm Brewery named best beer in Scotland at the SIBA Independent Beer Awards

SIBA Scotland Director Christie Slater accepted the award on behalf of Cairngorm Brewery.

Cairngorm Brewery have taken home the Overall Champion Cask Beer Award at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Scotland Independent Beer Awards 2021, which was this year hosted at the Bolton Beer Festival in a joint judging event with the SIBA North West Region.

Cairngorm’s aptly named ‘Black Gold’ took the Overall top spot – described as a ‘traditional Scottish Stout with just the right amount of sweetness’ it will now go on to fight it out against rivals from the rest of the UK in next year’s National Finals. The Overall Silver award winner was first-time entrants Argour Ales’ ‘Gobhar Reamhar’, with the Bronze going to Five Kingdoms Brewery’s ‘Wee McAsh Bitter’.

The SIBA Independent Beer Awards are run by and for brewers 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 Scotland. 

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) represents independent craft brewers across the UK, and all the winners of the Scotland 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.

“It was great to see so many excellent Scottish beers represented in these hard-fought awards, and a huge congratulations goes to all of the winners, but in particular this year’s overall Gold Cairngorm. A wonderful beer and a very deserving Champion!”

Bolton Beer Festival at the University of Bolton Stadium continues today and over the weekend, where all of the award-winning beers below will be on sale.

SIBA Scotland Independent Beer Awards 2021 – Full Winners List               

DATE   OF JUDGING & ANNOUNCEMENT           21st October

Overall Champion of the Cask Competition


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  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Cairngorm Brewery Company  black gold 4.4
Silver  Ardgour Ales Ltd  Gobhar Reamhar 6.5
Bronze  Five Kingdoms Brewery  Wee McAsh Bitter 4.5

Cask British Dark Beers (up to 4.4%)



  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Cairngorm Brewery Company black gold 4.4
Silver  Stewart Brewing Stewart’s 80/- 4.4
Bronze  Strathaven Ales Ebony 4.4

Cask British Dark Beers (4.5 to 6.4%)



  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Kelburn Brewing Co Ltd  Dark Moor 4.5
Silver  Loch Lomond Brewery  Silkie Stout 5
Bronze  Cairngorm Brewery Company  Wildcat 5.1

Cask British Bitters (up to 4.4%)



  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Fyne Ales Hurricane Jack 4.4
Silver  Swannay Brewery Scapa Special 4.2
Bronze  Harviestoun Brewery Bitter and Twisted 3.8

Cask Premium Bitters (4.5 to 6.4%)



  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Five Kingdoms Brewery  Wee McAsh Bitter 4.5
Silver  Windswept Brewing Co.  APA 5
Bronze  Fyne Ales  Highlander 4.9

Cask Session IPA (up to 4.3%)



  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Loch Lomond Brewery Southern Summit 4
Silver  Stewart Brewing Jack Back 3.7
Bronze  Swannay Brewery island Hopping 3.9

Cask Premium PAs (4.4 to 5.4%)



  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Swannay Brewery  Orkney IPA 4.8
Silver  Loch Lomond Brewery  Lost in Mosaic 5
Bronze  Windswept Brewing Co.   Hurricane 4.5

Cask Speciality Light Beers



  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Harviestoun Brewery Schiehallion 4.8
Silver  Strathaven Ales Ginger Jock 4
Bronze  Cairngorm Brewery Company Trade Winds 4.3

Cask Speciality Mid to Dark Beers



  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Orkney Brewery   Dark Island Reserve  10

Cask Strong Beers 6.5% and over



  Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Ardgour Ales Ltd Gobhar Reamhar 6.5
Silver  Strathaven Ales 500 7



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