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

The best beers in the North East 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 North 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 coriander and salt sour beer and a spiced Elizabethan style ale.

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

Turning Point Brew Co. – ‘Nova’ Lager 4.6%, Rudgate Brewery – ‘Pilsnor’ Lager 4.7%, Twice Brewed Brew Co. – ‘Juno Black’ Lager 4.7%, Abbeydale Brewery – ‘Daily Bread’ Bitter 3.8%, Amity Brew Co. – ‘Waterpistol’ Pale Ale 4.6%, Triple Point Brewing – ‘Flux’ IPA 6.8%, Abbeydale Brewery – ‘Black Mass’ Black IPA 6.6%, Timothy Taylor’s – ‘Poulter’s Porter’ 4.8%, Harrogate Brewing Co. – ‘Kursaal’ Imperial Stout 9%, and Daleside Brewery – ‘Morocco Ale’ 5.5%.

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 North East Independent Bottle & Can Beer Awards 2022

Bottle & Can Lager

Gold-Best in CategoryTurning Point Brew CoNova4.6
GoldRudgate BreweryPilsnor4.7
SilverHambleton BreweryCavalla4.6
SilverTriple Point BrewingMardy4.6
BronzeAinsty Ales BreweryJewel of York4.5
BronzeOssett BreweryYon4

Bottle & Can Amber to Dark Lager

GoldTwice Brewed Brew Co.Juno Black4.7

Bottle & Can Bitter

GoldAbbeydale BreweryDaily Bread3.8
SilverAcorn BreweryBarnsley Bitter3.8
SilverDaleside BreweryMonkey Wrench5.3
BronzeHadrian Border BreweryTyneside Blonde3.9
BronzeSaltaire BreweryBest4.4
BronzeCullercoats BreweryJack The Devil4.5

Bottle & Can Pale Ale

GoldAmity Brew CoWaterpistol4.6
SilverRooster’s Brewing Co.Thousand Yard Stare5.4
SilverTurning Point Brew CoDisco King5.1
SilverOssett BrewerySilver King4.3
BronzeVocation BreweryCrush Hour4.6
BronzeCullercoats BreweryGrace Darling Gold5
BronzeBrew York LimitedTime Travelling Taxi5.4
BronzeWensleydale BrewerySemer Water4.1

Bottle & Can IPA

GoldTriple Point BrewingFlux6.8
SilverFull Circle Brew CoLooper IPA6.4
SilverBrass Castle BreweryGalaxy Crush6.5
BronzeRooster’s Brewing Co.Baby-Faced Assassin6.1
BronzeWold Top BreweryScarborough Fair IPA6

Bottle & Can Speciality IPA

GoldAbbeydale BreweryBlack Mass6.6
BronzeBrew York LimitedJuice Forsyth5

Bottle & Can Stout & Porter

GoldTimothy Taylor’sPoulter’s Porter4.8
SilverHadrian Border BreweryOuseburn Porter5.2
BronzeAcorn BreweryOld Moor Porter4.4
BronzeRudgate BreweryYork chocolate Stout5
BronzeWold Top BreweryMarmalade Porter5

Bottle & Can Imperial & Strong Ale

GoldHarrogate Brewing CompanyKursaal9

Bottle & Can Sour & Wild Ale

BronzeBelschnickel Brewery LimitedPfaffendorf4.1
BronzeBrass Castle BreweryPickleback4.6

Bottle & Can Speciality & Flavoured Beer

GoldDaleside BreweryMorocco Ale5.5
SilverRooster’s Brewing Co.Hello, Dimitri?10.4
BronzeHarrogate Brewing CompanyBitter Wheat Symphony7.4
BronzeFirst & Last BreweryPlum5

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