Historic Barnsley Bitter takes home Overall Champion Gold in the SIBA North East Independent Beer Awards 2023

Acorn Brewery in Barnsley have taken home the Overall Champion Gold Award in the SIBA North East Independent Beer Awards, which took place at Gateshead Rugby Club over the bank holiday weekend.

The Overall Champion is the ‘best of the best’ and selected in a final round judging against all of the other style category winners – this year it was Acorn’s flagship ‘Barnsley Bitter’ that impressed the judges most, with Magic Rock Brewing Co’s ‘Ringmaster’ taking the Overall Silver and Ossett Brewing’s ‘Voodoo’ getting Bronze Overall. 

Collecting the Gold award for Barnsley was Brewer Steve Bunting, 

“Barnsley Bitter was one of the first beers we ever brewed – it’s one of the beers we started the brewery with – and has a long heritage, using the original yeast strain from the orignal Barnsley Brewery from the 1850s. It’s amazing that against such a wide variety of beer styles in the awards such a traditonal style could come out on top today!”

The awards are judged by beer industry experts including master brewers, beer sommeliers and experienced beer judges, with only the very best beers awarded medals in these prestigious awards. A broad range of styles are judged, from modern heavily hopped IPAs, pale ales and speciality beers, to more traditional British style bitters, stouts and porters.

Barnsley Bitter and the other beer style category winners will now go forward to the National Finals taking place at BeerX UK in Liverpool next year. 

Anneli Baxter, SIBA’s Competitions Chair, congratulated the North East’s winners;

“Cask beer comes in a huge range of styles, strengths, colours and flavours, with some superb beers winning across the board – but it was great to see that a superbly brewed traditional bitter taking the top award today. Massive congratulations to Acorn brewery and all of the other winners in the SIBA North East Independent Beer Awards.”

Click here to view the full winners list

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