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

The best beers in the North West 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 West 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 Port-infused Porter and Coffee Milk Stout.

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

Lakes Brew Co – ‘NZ Pilsner’ Lager 4.5%, Brimstage Brewery – ‘Brimstage Lager’ 4.5%, Wander Beyond Brewing – ‘Wah Donka’ Wheat Wine 10.5%, Windermere Brewing Co. – ‘A Bit’er Ruff’ Bitter 4.1%, Chapter Brewing Co – ‘Teeter’ Pale Ale 5.1%, Great Corby Brewhouse – ‘Tizzie Whizie’ Pale Ale 3.5%, Lakes Brew Co. – ‘NE Session IPA’ 4.7%, Hophurst Brewery – ‘Talus’ IPA 6%, Red Rose Brewery – ‘Navigators’ Red Ale 3.9%, Serious Brewing Co – ‘Moonlight Stout’ 4.5%, Windermere Brewing Co. ‘Shih Tzu Faced’ Strong Ale 7%, Red Rose Brewery – ‘Crossover’ NEIPA 4.7%, and Wily Fox – ‘Dark Flagon’ Rum Porter 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 West Independent Bottle & Can Beer Awards 2022

Bottle & Can Lager

Gold-Best in CategoryLakes Brew CoNZ Pilsner4.5
GoldBrimstage BreweryBrimstage Lager4.5
SilverEnnerdale Craft BrewerySeven Bridges5
BronzeWeetwood AlesKuhl Lager4.2

Bottle & Can Wheat Beer

GoldWander Beyond BrewingWah Donka10.5

Bottle & Can Bitter

GoldWindermere Brewing CompanyA Bit’er Ruff4.1
SilverRed Rose BreweryBear Incessantly3.6
BronzeHawkshead BreweryHawkshead Bitter3.7

Bottle & Can Pale Ale

Gold-Best in CategoryChapter Brewing Company Teeter5.1
GoldGreat Corby BrewhouseTizzie Whizie3.5
GoldLakes Brew CoNE SESSION IPA4.7
SilverBullhouse Brew CoSUDS4.5
SilverWily FoxKarma Citra4.3
BronzeHawkshead BreweryMosaic Pale Ale4
BronzeBank Top BreweryPalomino Rising5
BronzeBrimstage BreweryShed Day Session IPA4.4

Bottle & Can IPA

GoldHophurst Brewery LtdTalus6
SilverRedWillow Brewery LtdIdaho 3437
BronzeLakes Brew CoWest Coast IPA5.6
BronzeBullhouse Brew CoMerc Bro6.5
BronzeChapter Brewing Company LimitedKeystone7.3

Bottle & Can Amber, Brown & Red Ale

GoldRed Rose BreweryNavigators3.9
SilverChapter Brewing Company LimitedAiwass6.9

Bottle & Can Stout & Porter

GoldSerious Brewing Company LtdMoonlight Stout4.5
SilverCumbrian AlesVanilla Oatmeal Stout4.8

Bottle & Can Imperial & Strong Ale

GoldWindermere Brewing CompanyShih Tzu Faced7
SilverHophurst Brewery LtdPeanutter10
BronzeKeswick Brewing CoResist8.5

Bottle & Can Sour & Wild Ale

BronzeBullhouse Brew CoBudgie Smuggler4.5

Bottle & Can Belgian, French & Abbey Ale

GoldRed Rose BreweryCrossover4.7

Bottle & Can Speciality & Flavoured Beer

GoldWily FoxDark Flagon5
SilverGreat Corby BrewhouseCoffee Milk Stout4.7
BronzeBank Top BreweryPort O’Call5
BronzeWander Beyond BrewingGreat Armoured One10.6

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