Breweries pick up awards in “closely fought” Independent Beer Awards

Pictured outside The Norfolk Brewhouse are Martin Warren (left) and David Holliday (right). Picture:

Pictured outside The Norfolk Brewhouse are Martin Warren (left) and David Holliday (right). Picture: THE NORFOLK BREWHOUSE. - Credit: Archant

The region's breweries have scooped top awards in the 2017 SIBA East Independent Beer Awards.

For the second year running, Dewhooper from the Norfolk Brewhouse, having won gold in 2016 for standard lager and pilsner category repeated its success and retained its titles.

The two top spots were taken home by Turpin Brewery in Cambridge and Tring Brewery in Hertfordshire who won overall gold in the cask and small pack competitions respectively.

A spokesman for The Norfolk Brewhouse said they were 'chuffed'.

'Especially chuffed that DewHopper having won gold in 2016 in the Standard Lager and Pilsner category went on and repeated the success this year and retained its titles as best in the East,' they said.

'It's now off to the national finals in Liverpool next March for DewHopper – last year in the national finals it scooped silver, so can we go one better and win the title this year?

'Fantastic news as well that Bruce's Raspberry Gold won a bronze award, a great achievement for a beer making its debut! It was also in a fiercely contested specialty beer section so a fantastic result.

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'Last, but not last our perennial favourite – Moon Gazer Dark Mild – also received a bronze award in the dark beer competition – we know it's a Norfolk favourite, so for it to get regional recognition is just great.

'Well done from me to our small but dedicated team – who love beer and who are always mindful of our ethos – your only ever as good as your last pint.'

Awards from across Norfolk and Waveney were also claimed by Woodforde's, who won silver in the Small Pack Standard Bitters and Pale Ales with Bure Gold, and bronze in Small Pack Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds and Strong Brown Ales with NOG.

Adnams brought back two silvers with Ghost Ship in the Small Pack Premium Bitters and Pale Ales category and Tally-Ho in the Small Pack Premium Strong Beers category.

SIBA Competitions Committee Chair Guy Sheppard, who presented the awards, said: 'These were very closely fought awards and my thanks go out to all the breweries involved. Turpin and Tring should be very proud of edging ahead of the very high quality pack with these two fantastic beers and I should wish to thank Elgood's as well for putting on such a fantastic event.'