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

The best beers in Scotland 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 Scotland 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, Stouts and even Sour and Speciality beers featuring flavours such as raspberry, mango and lime.

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

Ferry Brewery – ‘Ferry Pils’ Lager 4.5%, Cold Town Beer – ‘Cold Town Lager’ 4%, Burnside Brewery – ‘Right to Roam’ 0.5%, Iveralmond Brewery – ‘Ossian Golden Ale’ 4.1%, Moonwake Beer Co. – ‘Weissbeer’ 5.0%, Williams Bros Brewing Co. – ‘Talking Head’ Pale Ale 4.4%, Dog Falls Brewing Co. – ‘Split the Tree’ IPA 7.2%, Windswept Brewing Co. – ‘Coastal Haze’ IPA 8%, Williams Bros Brewing Co. – ‘Juicy Joker NEIPA’ 5%, Dargavel Brewery – ‘Moo-lin Rouge’ Red Ale 5%, Campervan – ‘Mimosa’ Sour 4.8%, and Inner Bay – ‘Ruby’ Barrel-Aged Stout 10.7%.

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 Scotland Independent Bottle & Can Beer Awards 2022

Bottle & Can Non Alcoholic & Low ABV 

GoldBurnside BreweryRight to Roam0.5

Bottle & Can Lager

Gold-Best in CategoryFerryFerry Pils4.5
GoldCold Town BeerCold Town Lager4
SilverLoch Lomond BrewerySafesurfer5
SilverWilliams Bros Brewing CoEl Perro Negro4.5
BronzeDargavel Brewery LtdBo Ho Bull5
BronzeSimple Things FermentationsGerman Ale5
BronzeFive KingdomsRenton4.5

Bottle & Can Amber to Dark Lager

GoldInveralmond Brewery.Ossian Golden Ale4.1

Bottle & Can Wheat Beer

GoldMoonwake Beer Co.Weissbier5
BronzeDargavel Brewery LtdHAUD YER WHEASHT!5.1
BronzeBurnside BrewerySilver Lining5.4

Bottle & Can Bitter

SilverKelburn Brewing Co LtdGoldihops3.8
BronzeCairngorm Brewery/Loch Ness Brewerystag4.1
BronzeBorn BreweryBest Bitter4.5

Bottle & Can Pale Ale

GoldWilliams Bros Brewing CoTalking Head4.4
SilverLoch Lomond BrewerySouthern Summit4
BronzeCampervan BreweryNelson Haze4.5
BronzeKelburn Brewing Co LtdJaguar4.5
BronzeHarviestoun BreweryBitter and Twisted4.2

Bottle & Can IPA

 Brewery BeerABV
GoldDog Falls Brewing CoSplit the Tree7.2
SilverStewart BrewingRadical Road6.4
BronzeFive KingdomsCaptain Morrisons IPA6.5

Bottle & Can Double & Triple IPA

GoldWindswept Brewing Co LtdCoastal Haze8

Bottle & Can Speciality IPA

GoldWilliams Bros Brewing CoJuicy Joker NEIPA5

Bottle & Can Amber, Brown & Red Ale

GoldDargavel Brewery LtdMOO-LIN ROUGE5
SilverArran BreweryMilestone6
SilverStewart BrewingStewart’s 80/-4.4
BronzeSulwath Brewers LtdKnockendoch5

Bottle & Can Stout & Porter

GoldHybrid brewing ltdKONGO6
SilverCairngorm Brewery CompanyBlack Gold4.4
SilverSaltRock BrewingLouis Louis5.5
BronzeLerwick Brewing CompanyTushkar5.5
BronzeArran BreweryClyde Puffer4.5

Bottle & Can Imperial & Strong Ale

BronzeInner Bay Brewery LtdJet9

Bottle & Can Sour & Wild Ale

GoldCampervan BreweryMimosa4.8
BronzeCold Town BeerRaspberry Miami Weisse4.3

Bottle & Can Speciality & Flavoured Beer

GoldInner Bay Brewery LtdRuby10.7
SilverWindswept Brewing Co LtdBear10.5
BronzeCampervan BreweryThe Hoppy Botanist3.8
BronzeGlen Spean Brewing CoDark Mile5

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