Brew York and Rooster’s Brewery have won the two top awards in the Society of Independent Brewers’ (SIBA) North East Independent Beer Awards.
Their win makes it a one-two for North Yorkshire brewers in a competition entered by breweries from the whole of Yorkshire, as well as Humberside, Cleveland, Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.
The awards, run by SIBA at the B-Fest Beer, Blues and Folk Festival, held at the Barbican Centre in York, are judged by brewers and beer experts.
Brew York Brewery, from York, took home the overall gold in the cask competition with its Keras American pale ale, whereas Rooster’s Brewery, in Knareborough, was named overall small pack (bottle and can) winner for its Twenty-Four-Seven Session IPA.
SIBA competitions committee chair, Guy Shepherd, said: “Thanks to all the judges from all around the country, a great new venue at the York Barbican. Thanks to all of the North East regional directors and very well done to the winners. The day went so smoothly and highlighted the high quality of beers coming out of the North East region.”
Brew York’s Keras is described as a classic American-style session pale, which uses two old school favourite US hops, Cascade and Chinook. It is subtly dry hopped so the fresh citrus and pine notes dominate in this clean, crisp and moreish pale ale.
Brew York owner and brewer, Wayne Smith, said: “We’re over the moon. The beer festival is in our home town so we only have to walk five minutes from our brewery to get here, so we hoped we would be in with a chance!
“Keras is our one-off pale ale so to win gold overall is amazing. The cask that we sent in for the competition is our last cask that we had of it, so we might have to brew some more! It’s a classic pale ale with two American hops, Cascade and Chinook, and obviously it’s a crowd pleaser so we’re quite excited to brew it again.”
The smallpack winner, Rooster’s Twenty-Four-Seven, is described as a session IPA which combines four big-hitting hops, which come together to create a sessionable, hop-forward pale ale with the intensity of a new world IPA. Amarillo, Chinook and Simcoe from the USA work in harmony with New Zealand’s Nelson Sauvin to produce a punchbowl aroma of lemon, tangerine and gooseberry, followed by a balanced grapefruit bitterness.
Ian Fozard, owner of Rooster’s, said: “This win is a real tribute to the brewery team and all the hard work they put into perfecting the beers. This is a beer that is growing in popularity with our customers and it’s great to see it’s a hit with judges too!”