Big Bog’s Big win: Liverpool microbrewery take home North West’s top beer award

Big Bog Brewing Co. have taken home the Overall Champion Cask Beer Award at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) North West Independent Beer Awards 2022, which took place at the Bolton Beer Festival.

Their Gold-winning beer ‘Peat Bog Porter’ wowed judges with “superb balance and drinkability for such a full-flavoured dark beer”. The Overall Silver award winner was Hophurst Brewery APA and Bronze went to Coach House Brewing Gunpowder Mild – all of which went into the final judging having won best in their category.

Rich Midgley forms part of the two-man team at microbrewery Big Bog Brewing, and was on-hand to accept the award,

“Really surprised to win, there’s only two of us that brew and we’re really proud of this beer. It’s really subtle and drinkable with a good dry finish, we like it and we’re just pleased that the judges did too!”

The awards took place ahead of the Bolton Beer Festival at the University of Bolton Stadium, which continues today and over the weekend. 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 the North West. 

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) represents independent craft brewers across the UK, and all the winners of the North West 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 Buster Grant, Chair of SIBA’s Competitions Committee.

“The quality of beers at the awards this year were really top-draw and we gave out more Gold medals than ever before, so to be named overall Champion is a huge, huge achievement – very well done to Big Bog and of course all of our other winners. Also thankyou to Bolton Beer Festival who as ever put on a superb event – get down their this weekend and try the award-winners if you can!”

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

To view the full winners’ list click here

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