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

The best beers in the South 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 across Greater London and the South 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 Chocolate Fudge Stout, Pumpkin Spice Porter, and even a cucumber and mint Tzatziki-inspired sour beer.

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

Abyss Brewing – ‘Gonzo’ Lager 4.6%, Hackney Church Brew Co. – ‘St. Clements’ Wheat beer 5%, Long Man Brewery – ‘Old Man’ Bitter 4.3%, Double-Barrelled – ‘Parka’ Pale Ale 4.5%, Three Acre Brewery – ‘Blood Orange’ Pale Ale 4.9%, Unity Brewing Co. – ‘Only The Sea’ IPA 6.2%, Disruption I Brewing, ‘Even More Chaos’ DIPA 8%, Orbit Beers – ‘Dead Wax London Porter’ 5.5%, Elusive Brewing- ‘I’m Gonna Bee’ Honey Imperial Stout 11%, Orbit Beers – ‘Tzatziki Sour’ 4.3%, and Hammerton Brewery – ‘City of Cake’ Chocolate Fudge Stout 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 South East Independent Bottle & Can Beer Awards 2022

Bottle & Can Non Alcoholic & Low ABV 

BronzeHammerton BreweryZED0.5

Bottle & Can Lager

GoldAbyss BrewingGonzo4.6
SilverAnspach & HobdayThe Lager: Kolsch Style4.5
SilverGun BreweryNumb Angel Lager4
SilverThe Park Brewery1637 Pils4.9
BronzeExale BrewingZorc5.2
BronzeBy The Horns Brewing Co.West End Pils4
BronzeHackney Church Brew CoHalo5.1
BronzeSignature BrewStudio Lager4

Bottle & Can Wheat Beer

GoldHackney Church Brew CoSt. Clements5
SilverPowder monkeyMary Rose4.6
SilverAnspach & HobdayThe Wheat Beer4.5
BronzeTap Social Movement x Fauna BrewingStart Somewhere5.1

Bottle & Can Bitter

GoldLong Man BreweryOld Man4.3
SilverAnspach & HobdayThe Ordinary Bitter3.7

Bottle & Can Pale Ale

GoldThree Acre BreweryBlood Orange Pale4.9
SilverBedlamHigh Tide3.9
SilverUnity Brewing CoConflux4.8
SilverLong Man BreweryTwenty12 Pale4.6
SilverCellar Head Brewing CompanyAmitola4.2
BronzeDisruption Is BrewingDemockracy4
BronzePowder monkeyDrop Anchor4.6
BronzeLoud Shirt Brewing Co LTDHazed & Confused NEIPA4.5
BronzeRenegade BreweryQueensbury Jack Session IPA4.8
BronzeNeckstamper BrewingMoon Curser5.2
BronzeHackney BreweryBoogie Van5.5

Bottle & Can IPA

GoldUnity Brewing CoOnly The Sea6.2
SilverPowder monkeyExplosion IPA6
BronzeCellar Head Brewing CompanyWonderland5.8
BronzeBedlamHunky Dory6.2

Bottle & Can Double & Triple IPA

GoldDisruption Is BrewingEven More Chaos8

Bottle & Can Amber, Brown & Red Ale

BronzeTonbridge BreweryParallel 494.5

Bottle & Can Stout & Porter

GoldOrbit BeersDead Wax London Porter5.5
SilverBy The Horns Brewing Co.Lambeth Walk5.1
SilverLondon Beer LabStout5.2
SilverNeckstamper BrewingBonebox Cooler4.4
BronzeTap Social MovementInside Out5.5
BronzeThe Cronx BreweryEntire5.2

Bottle & Can Imperial & Strong Ale

GoldElusive BrewingI’m Gonna Bee11
SilverDisruption Is BrewingCereal Thrilla7.2

Bottle & Can Sour & Wild Ale

GoldOrbit BeersTzatziki Sour4.3
SilverORA brewingPrickly margarita7.5
SilverHackney BreweryMillions Of Peaches4

Bottle & Can Speciality & Flavoured Beer

GoldHammerton BreweryCity Of Cake5.5
SilverDeviant & DandyLobsters On South Beach2.5
SilverElusive BrewingCarve’n Yams5.2
BronzeORA brewingBalsamic imperial stout10

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