East’s Best Craft Beers Revealed: Just in time for Christmas 

The best beers in the East of England have today been revealed with the announcement of this year’s winners in the SIBA Independent Beer Awards 2022 – the UK’s leading beer competition judged by brewers, beer sommeliers and expert tasters. 

The winning bottled and canned beers from the East will now go forward to fight it out with the best from across the UK in the National finals, taking place in the New Year.

Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes were awarded to breweries from across the region in a variety of beer styles; from hoppy IPAs and Pale Ales, to Lagers, and more unusual beers such as a mango sour beer and Nettle & Elderflower Belgian-style Saison.

The East’s Gold Award Winning beers, meaning they scored 90+ with the independent awards judging panel, were;

Brentwood Elephant School – ‘Pils’ Lager 4.6%, Brentwood Brewing Co. – ‘Falcon Punch’ Pale Ale 5.1%, Wibblers Brewery – ‘Here Be Dragons’ IPA 5.8%, Brewsters Brewery – ‘Dragon Street Porter’ 4.9%, Adnams – ‘Tally Ho’ Strong Ale 7.2%, Bowlers Brewery – ‘Mangoes Into a Bar’ Sour 4%, and Elgood & Sons – Plum Porter 4.5%. 

The SIBA Bottle & Can Independent Beer Awards 2022 are judged by a fleet of expert judges from across the UK, with beers marked against internationally recognized style guides for the different beer award categories – looking at appearance, aroma, flavour, aftertaste and saleability. 

Buster Grant is SIBA’s Competitions Committee Chair and helped run the two-day judging, “The SIBA Independent Beer Awards are one of the largest and most influential beer competitions in the UK, with a rigorous judging system ensuring only the very best beers take home medals. If you’re looking for a local independent craft beer to stock up on this Christmas – or for the perfect present for a beer-loving friend or family member – then look no further.” 

SIBA are the voice of British independent brewing and as well as the SIBA Bottle & Can Independent Beer Awards also run Regional and National competitions for cask and keg beer – all judged by beer sommeliers, experienced beer judges and perhaps most importantly fellow brewers – making these awards very much the ‘brewers choice’ awards for beer in the UK.

SIBA East Independent Bottle & Can Beer Awards 2022

Bottle & Can Lager

GoldBrentwood – Elephant School Pils4.6
SilverFerry Ales BreweryLincoln Lager4.3
BronzeNorfolk Brewhouse – Moon GazerDewhopper4

Bottle & Can Bitter

SilverBrewsters BreweryAromantica4.2
BronzeLincolnshire Craft BeersBomber County4.8

Bottle & Can Pale Ale

GoldBrentwood Brewing CompanyFalcon Punch5.1
SilverOakham AlesCitra T904.6
SilverSt. Peter’s BreweryGolden Ale4.7
BronzeNethergate BreweryGrowling Dog Big Sesh4.5
BronzeMauldons BrewerySilver Adder4.2

Bottle & Can IPA

GoldWibblers BreweryHere Be Dragons5.8
SilverBrewsters BreweryIPA6
BronzeOakham AlesGreen Devil IPA6

Bottle & Can Amber, Brown & Red Ale

BronzeArtefact Brewing LtdHeritage Ruby Ale4.5
BronzeLacons BreweryAffinity4.8

Bottle & Can Stout & Porter

GoldBrewsters BreweryDragon Street Porter4.9
SilverWylde Sky BrewingCoffee Stout5.6
BronzeHumber Doucy Brew CoPorter5

Bottle & Can Imperial & Strong Ale

GoldAdnamsTally Ho7.2
SilverTring BreweryDeath or Glory7.2
SilverLacons BreweryPenny Black Porter10
BronzeNorfolk Brewhouse – Moon GazerBouchart X10
BronzeSt. Peter’s BreweryCream Stout6.5

Bottle & Can Sour & Wild Ale

GoldBowlers Brewery LtdMangoes Into a Bar4
SilverElgood and Sons LtdCoolship Fruit5

Bottle & Can Belgian, French & Abbey Ale

SilverWylde Sky BrewingSaison4.8
BronzeAdnamsBroadside strong original6.3

Bottle & Can Speciality & Flavoured Beer

GoldElgood and Sons LtdPlum Porter4.5
SilverWibblers BreweryStoaty McMilk Shake5.6
BronzeBillericay Brewing CompanyBillericay Barista5.9
BronzeHumber Doucy Brew CoHedgerow-Nettle & Elderflower Saison4.5

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