Neighbourhood IPA from Dalston’s 40FT Brewery named best beer in London and the South East

An American-stye IPA from Dalston’s 40FT brewery has been voted the best cask beer in London and the South East by a panel of industry experts.

‘Neighbourhood IPA’ by 40FT won the IPA category before going on to take home the Overall Gold against all of the other style category winners in the SIBA South East Independent Beer Awards 2023, which took place at Big Penny Social in Walthamstow ahead of their beer festival which continues today and this weekend.

Organised by the Society of Independent Brewers, the other big winners in this year’s Independent Beer Awards were Windsor & Eton’s ‘Father Thames’, an Extra Special Bitter which took the overall Silver Award, and Longman Brewery’s ‘Longman Blonde’, a deliciously hoppy blonde beer that won the Overall Bronze.

The Society of Independent Brewers’ Chief Executive Andy Slee was on hand to present this year’s awards to the lucky winners: “In what was an incredibly tough competition with some superb beers across the board I’d like to say a huge well-done to all of the breweries who took home Gold at this year’s awards, and particular congratulations to 40FT Brewery who were named the ‘best of the best’ in London and the South East. I’d encourage anyone in London to make the trip to their superb taproom in Dalston and sample what is now officially the South East’s best cask IPA.” Andy Slee, SIBAS Chief Executive.

The SIBA Independent Beer Awards are judged by beer sommeliers, brewers and expert beer judges, across a diverse range of styles. Gold winners from the awards will now go forwards to the National Finals at BeerX in Liverpool, March 2024.

The awards took place at Big Penny Social in Walthamstow, London, with all of the beers from the judging now available to the public as part of this year’s Big Penny Fest. Hosted in the UK’s largest Beer Hall and featuring over 120 cask beers from the best independent breweries in the South East, keg beers from local breweries, spirits and cocktails from selected London distilleries, live music, DJs and more.

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Full Winners List

YearRegionSponsorBreweryProductABV CLASS Award
2023 South East  SIMPSONS  40ft Brewery  Neighbourhood IPA 6.0 Overall Champion of the Cask Beer Competition  GOLD 
2023 South East  SIMPSONS  Windsor & Eton Brewery  Father Thames 4.8 Overall Champion of the Cask Beer Competition  SILVER 
2023 South East  SIMPSONS  Long Man Brewery  Long Blonde 3.8 Overall Champion of the Cask Beer Competition  BRONZE 
2023 South East  SIMPSONS Triple fff Brewery LimitedPressed Rat & Warthog3.8 Cask Session Dark Beers (up to 4.4%)  GOLD 
2023 South East  SIMPSONS The Flower Pots Brewery LimitedCheriton Porter4.2 Cask Session Dark Beers (up to 4.4%)  SILVER 
2023 South East  SIMPSONS Gun BreweryParabellum 4.1 Cask Session Dark Beers (up to 4.4%)  BRONZE 
2023 South East  SIMPSONS  The Five Points Brewing Co  Railway Porter 4.8 Cask British Dark Beers (4.5 to 6.4%)  GOLD 
2023 South East  SIMPSONS  Sambrook’s Brewery  Powerhouse Porter 4.9 Cask British Dark Beers (4.5 to 6.4%)  SILVER 
2023 South East  SIMPSONS  Iron Pier Brewery Limited  Cast Iron Stout 4.7 Cask British Dark Beers (4.5 to 6.4%)  BRONZE 
2023 South East  RANKIN Long Man BreweryBest Bitter4.0 Cask British Bitter (up to 4.4%)  GOLD 
2023 South East  RANKIN Renegade BreweryGood Old Boy4.0 Cask British Bitter (up to 4.4%)  BRONZE 
2023 South East  RANKIN Windsor & Eton BreweryFather Thames4.8 Cask British Best Bitter (4.5 to 6.4%)  GOLD 
2023 South East  RANKIN The Flower Pots Brewery LimitedGoodens Gold4.8 Cask British Best Bitter (4.5 to 6.4%)  SILVER 
2023 South East  BSBS Long Man BreweryLong Blonde3.8 Cask Session Pale Ale (up to 4.4%)  GOLD 
2023 South East  BSBS Surrey Hills BreweryShere Drop4.2 Cask Session Pale Ale (up to 4.4%)  BRONZE 
2023 South East  BSBS Wild Card BreweryCask Pale4.3 Cask Session Pale Ale (up to 4.4%)  BRONZE 
2023 South East  BSBS The Five Points Brewing CoFive Points XPA4.0 Cask Session Pale Ale (up to 4.4%)  BRONZE 
2023 South East  RANKIN Burning Sky Brewery LimitedNZPA4.5 Cask Pale Ales (4.4 to 5.5%)  GOLD 
2022 South East  RANKIN Redemption Brewing CompanyBig Chief5.5 Cask Pale Ales (4.4 to 5.5%)  BRONZE 
2023 South East  RANKIN Renegade BreweryMarharaja5.1 Cask Pale Ales (4.4 to 5.5%)  BRONZE 
2023 South East  CHARLES FARAM 40FT BreweryNeighbourhood IPA6.0 Cask IPA (5.6 and over))  CLASS GOLD 
2023 South East  CHARLES FARAM The Flower Pots Brewery LimitedFlower Pots IPA6.0 Cask IPA (5.6 and over))  GOLD 
2023 South East  CHARLES FARAM Signature BrewBackstage IPA5.6 Cask IPA (5.6 and over))  GOLD 
2023 South East  CHARLES FARAM Elusive Brewing LtdOregon Trail5.8 Cask IPA (5.6 and over))  BRONZE 
2023 South East  SIMPSONS Elusive Brewing LtdRavenwood6.8 Cask Imperial and Strong (6.5% and over)  GOLD 
2023 South East  GEA HammertonCity Of Cake5.5 Cask Speciality Amber to Dark Beer  GOLD 

Full Winners List: Click here

Judging & Awards images: Click here

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