Ossett Brewery’s ‘White Rat’ pale ale takes the Overall Gold in the SIBA North East Independent Beer Awards 2024

Ossett Brewery in West Yorkshire 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 Ossett White Rat that took home Overall Gold, with Acorn Brewery’s Barnsley Bitter taking Silver – after winning the Overall Gold last year – and Rooster’s Tropical Assassin being named Overall Bronze winner.

The Ossett Team were on hand to collect the award in Gateshead, commenting “Absolutely speechless! Did not expect to win Overall Champions, a really great honour and glad our beers are getting appreciated and all the hard work from everyone has just really paid off.”

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.

Buster Grant from SIBA helped run the competition and presented this year’s awards, congratulating the North East’s winners he said;

“White Rat has always been a local favourite and has gained a bit of a cult following in recent years, so I’m delighted to see it getting the top spot at this year’s North East awards. Very pale and aromatically hoppy it’s a beer that wowed the judges and beat a very tough final judging, edging out last year’s winner for the top spot. A huge well done to all of this year’s winners in what was a superbly hard-fought competition.”

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

 Category BreweryBeerABVAwardCategory Champions
Overall Champion of the Cask Beer Competition      
Sponsored by Simpsons MaltOssettWhite Rat4 GOLD Category Champion
Acorn Brewery of Barnsley LtdBarnsley Bitter3.8 SILVER 
Rooster’s Brewing Co.Tropical Assassin6.1 BRONZE 
Cask Session Dark Beers (up to 4.4%)      
Timothy Taylor’sLandlord Dark4.3 GOLD Category Champion
Rudgate BreweryRuby Mild4.4 SILVER 
Wensleydale BreweryBlack Dub Oat Stout4.4 SILVER 
Ilkley Brewery CoBLACK LIGHT3.4 SILVER 
Little Critters Brewing CompanyBentley’s Bark4.2 SILVER 
First & Last BreweryReiver4.2 BRONZE 
Acorn Brewery of Barnsley LtdOld Moor Porter4.4 BRONZE 
Cask British Dark Beers (4.5 to 6.4%)      
First & Last BreweryEclipse 5.6 GOLD Category Champion
Allendale BreweryWolf5.5 BRONZE 
Harrogate Brewing CompanyPorter4.8 BRONZE 
Cask British Bitter (up to 4.4%)      
 Sponsored by  Rankin Brothers & SonsAcorn Brewery of Barnsley LtdBarnsley Bitter3.8 GOLD Category Champion
Pennine Brewing Millie George 4 GOLD 
Brew YorkMaris The Otter3.9 GOLD 
Craven Brew CoBYB3.8 GOLD 
Twice Brewed Brewing Co.Best Bitter3.8 SILVER 
Ilkley Brewery CoJOSHUA JANE3.7 SILVER 
OssettButterley3.8 SILVER 
True North Brew CoStones Bitter4.1 BRONZE 
Timothy Taylor’sBoltmaker4 BRONZE 
Goose Eye Brewery Ltd.Goose Eye Bitter3.9 BRONZE 
Wensleydale BreweryGamekeeper4.3 BRONZE 
Cask British Best Bitter (4.5 to 6.4%)      
 Sponsored by  Rankin Brothers & SonsTrue North Brew CoLimmers ESB4.5 SILVER 
Harrogate Brewing CompanyHarrogate Best4.5 SILVER 
Twice Brewed Brewing Co.All The Way To Reno5.2 BRONZE 
Cask Session Pale Ale (up to 4.4%)      
 Sponsored by  Rankin Brothers & SonsOssettWhite Rat4 GOLD Category Champion
Pennine Brewing Pacifc 4.1 GOLD 
Brew YorkCalmer Chameleon4.1 SILVER 
Ilkley Brewery CoPALE4.2 SILVER 
Little Critters Brewing CompanySpot-On4.3 SILVER 
Saltaire BreweryKlaxon!4.3 SILVER 
Allendale BreweryPennine Pale4 SILVER 
Triple Point BrewingSimtrazza4.4 BRONZE 
Rooster’s Brewing Co.Easy-Going Assassin4.3 BRONZE 
Goose Eye Brewery Ltd.Spring Wells3.6 BRONZE 
Horsforth BreweryTrinity4.2 BRONZE 
The Alnwick Brewery companySPRING PALE 243.7 BRONZE 
Cask Pale Ales (4.4 to 5.5%)      
 Sponsored by  Crisp Malting GroupHorsforth BreweryBy the Hair of Ernie5.4 GOLD Category Champion
Rooster’s Brewing Co.Thousand Yard Stare5.4 SILVER 
Saltaire BreweryPipeline4.6 BRONZE 
Triple Point BrewingYosemite4.8 BRONZE 
Twice Brewed Brewing Co.Hazy IPA5.1 BRONZE 
Goose Eye Brewery Ltd.Pommies Revenge5.2 BRONZE 
Rudgate BreweryValkyrie5 BRONZE 
Cask IPA (5.6 and over)      
 Sponsored by  Rankin Brothers & SonsBridgehouse BreweryEasy Tiger6.1 GOLD Category Champion
Thirsty Moose Brewing co.Oot n Aboot5.6 SILVER 
Twice Brewed Brewing Co.Nectaronicon6 BRONZE 
Rooster’s Brewing Co.Baby-Faced Assassin6.1 BRONZE 
Cask Speciality Light Beers      
 Sponsored by  Energy OasisRooster’s Brewing Co.Tropical Assassin6.1 GOLD Category Champion
Horsforth BreweryVice4.5 BRONZE 
Cask Speciality Amber to Dark Beer      
Little Critters Brewing CompanyVanilla Chinchilla4.5 GOLD Category Champion
Brew YorkTonkoko4.3 SILVER 
Thirsty Moose Brewing co.Canny Canuck 4.5 SILVER 
Rudgate BreweryYork Chocolate Stout5 SILVER 
Bridgehouse BreweryRum & Raisin Stout4.9 BRONZE 
Rooster’s Brewing Co.Sleep Is For The Week5.8 BRONZE 
Twice Brewed Brewing Co.Plum5.3 BRONZE 
Acorn Brewery of Barnsley LtdPlum Porter4.5 BRONZE 
Cask Imperial and Strong (6.5% and over)      
 Sponsored by  BrewlabTwice Brewed Brewing Co.Main Offender8.5 GOLD Category Champion

To download the full list of this year’s winners: Click here

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