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

The best beers in the Midlands 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 Midlands 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 whiskey barrel aged thirteen percent stout and a gin-botanical infused ale.

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

Thornbridge – ‘Bayern’ Lager 5%, Virtue Brewing – ‘Uber Die Brucke’ Dunkelweizen, Rebellion Beer Co. – ‘Roasted Nuts Extra’ Winter Warmer 5.8%, Green Duck Beer Co. – ‘Remedy’ Pale Ale 4%, Thornbridge – ‘Chiron’ Pale Ale 5%, Attic Brew Co. – ‘Signals’ IP{A 5.6%, Alter Ego Brewing Co. – ‘Disappear Completely’ DIPA 8%, Welbeck Abbey Brewery – ‘Red Feather’ Amber Ale 3.9%, The Collyfobble Brewery – ‘Black Ower Bill’s Mother’s’ Irish Stout 4.8%, Thornbridge – ‘Necessary Evil’ Imperial Stout 13%, and Charnwood – ‘Coffee Cream’ Stout 5.4%.

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 Midlands Independent Bottle & Can Beer Awards 2022

Bottle & Can Lager

GoldThornbridge BreweryBayern5
SilverThe Chiltern BreweryChiltern Lager3.8
BronzeLittle Ox Brew LtdOxford Pilsner5
BronzeRebellion Beer Co. Ltd.Rebellion Lager4.4

Bottle & Can Wheat Beer

GoldVirtue BrewingUber Die Brucke5.2

Bottle & Can Bitter

GoldRebellion Beer Co. Ltd.Roasted Nuts Extra5.8
SilverPurity Brewing Company LimitedJimbo Very Best Bitter4
SilverTitanic BreweryCaptain Smiths5.2
SilverWelbeck Abbey BreweryHennymoor3.7
SilverDerby BrewingBusiness as usual4.4
SilverWoodcote Brewing Co LtdSquires Gold4.5
BronzeChapel En Le Frith Craft BrewingCracken Edge4.6
BronzeCharnwood BreweryOld School5

Bottle & Can Pale Ale

Gold – Best in CategoryGreen Duck Beer CoRemedy4
GoldThornbridge BreweryChiron5
SilverAttic Brew CoIntuition4.4
BronzeWoodcote Brewing Co LtdRandan5
BronzeWelbeck Abbey BreweryAtlas5
BronzeRebellion Beer Co. Ltd.24 Carat5

Bottle & Can IPA

GoldAttic Brew CoSignals5.6
SilverBlue Monkey BreweryNew Hampshire IPA6
BronzePeak AlesIPA6

Bottle & Can Double & Triple IPA

GoldAlter Ego Brewing CoDisappear Completely8

Bottle & Can Amber, Brown & Red Ale

GoldWelbeck Abbey BreweryRed Feather3.9
SilverLittle Ox Brew LtdOx Blood4.3
SilverWoodcote Brewing Co LtdRuby Mild4.7

Bottle & Can Stout & Porter

GoldThe Collyfobble BreweryBlack Ower Bill’s Mother’s4.8
SilverDerby BrewingDashingly Dark4.8
BronzeWindmill Hill BreweryPorter4

Bottle & Can Speciality & Flavoured Beer

Gold – Best in CategoryThornbridge BreweryNecessary Evil13
GoldCharnwood BreweryCoffee Cream5.4
SilverPurity Brewing Company Session IPA4.5
SilverLittle Ox Brew LtdRedemption8.5
BronzeLincoln Green BreweryGin and Beer It5
BronzeTitanic BreweryPlum Porter Grand Reserve6.5

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