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

The best beers in the South 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 South 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, Stouts and even Sour and Speciality beers featuring flavours such as Lemon Curd, Pink Lemonade and even Gingerbread.

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

Powderkeg Beer – ‘Harmony Helles’ Lager 4.2%, Utopian Brewing – ‘Cerne Specialni’ Black Lager 5.9%, Ramsbury Brewery – ‘Farmer’s Best’ Bitter 3.6%, St Austell Brewery – ‘Tribute’ Pale Ale 4.2%, Quantock Brewery – ‘We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat’ IPA 6.3%, Powderkeg Beer – ‘6ixes & 7evens’ American Amber 5%, Driftwood Spars – ‘Alfie’s Revenge’  Strong Ale 6.5%, New Bristol Brewery – ‘Coffee & Biscotti’ Stout 5%, Padstow Brewing Co. – ‘Cold Desert’ Porter 8%, Exmoor Ales – ‘Beast’ Porter 6.6%, Firebrand Brewing – ‘Pink Lemonade’ Sour 6%, Castle Brewery – ‘A New Season’ Saison 5.5%, and Driftwood Spars Brewery – ‘Codename Robin’ Stout 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 South West Independent Bottle & Can Beer Awards 2022

Bottle & Can Non Alcoholic & Low ABV 

BronzeFirebrand BrewingShorebreak AF Hazy Pale0.5

Bottle & Can Lager

GoldPowderkeg BeerHarmony helles4.2
SilverKettlesmith Brewing CompanyMission Bay4.5
BronzeCheddar AlesLisa Likes Nelson5
BronzeRamsbury BreweryRed Ram4.5
BronzeKeltek Cornish BrewerySwifties Lager4
BronzeSt Austell Brewerykorev4.8

Bottle & Can Amber to Dark Lager

GoldUtopian BrewingCerne Specialni5.9

Bottle & Can Bitter

GoldRamsbury BreweryFarmer’s Best3.6
SilverAbbey AlesBath Best Bitter4
BronzePALMERS BREWERYPalmers 2005
BronzeOtter BreweryOtter Head5.8
BronzeSalcombe Brewery Co.Devon Amber3.8

Bottle & Can Pale Ale

GoldSt Austell BreweryTribute4.2
SilverQuantock BreweryTheatrical Skies4.8
BronzePALMERS BREWERYDorset Gold4.5
BronzeEight Arch Brewing Co.Square Logic4.2
BronzeZerodegrees BristolDowntown4.6
BronzeArkell’s BreweryVoyager American Pale Ale5

Bottle & Can IPA

GoldQuantock BreweryWe’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat6.3
SilverHop Kettle BrewerySupernova: Citra CRYO5.6

Bottle & Can Double & Triple IPA

BronzeBrewhouse & KitchenStaycation8

Bottle & Can Speciality IPA

BronzeHop Kettle BreweryCosmic Shake4.4

Bottle & Can Amber, Brown & Red Ale

GoldPowderkeg Beer6ixes & 7evens5
GoldDriftwood Spars BreweryAlfie’s Revenge6.5
SilverArkell’s BreweryKingsdown4.8
SilverSouthbourne AlesSunbather4
BronzeOtter BreweryOtter Ale4.5

Bottle & Can Stout & Porter

GoldNew Bristol BreweryCoffee and Biscotti Stout 5
SilverDriftwood Spars BreweryMidnight Skinny Dipper6
BronzeEight Arch Brewing Co.Quarterjack4.8

Bottle & Can Imperial & Strong Ale

Gold-Best in CategoryPadstow Brewing Co.Cold Desert8
GoldExmoor AlesExmoor Beast6.6

Bottle & Can Sour & Wild Ale

GoldFirebrand BrewingPink Lemonade6
BronzePadstow Brewing Co.Like Nan Used to Make4.7

Bottle & Can Belgian, French & Abbey Ale

GoldCastle BreweryA New Season5.5

Bottle & Can Speciality & Flavoured Beer

GoldDriftwood Spars BreweryCodename Robin7

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