Finalists announced for competition for best canned beers


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The finalists have been revealed for Britain’s first competition to find the best beers in cans from independent brewers in the UK and Ireland.

A shortlist of 12 has been selected from more than 100 entries before the winners of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals are announced at the Indie Beer Can Festival in London on September 11.

Run in partnership with the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), it is sponsored by The Can Makers, the trade body representing UK companies responsible for manufacturing drinks cans.

The finalists are:

  • Adnams: Ghost Ship
  • Arbor Ales: Breakfast Stout
  • Bateman’s Brewery: Orange Barley
  • Blacks of Kinsale: Kinsale Pale Ale
  • Butcombe Brewery: Butcombe Gold
  • Concrete Cow Brewery: Dirty Cow
  • Fyne Ales: Sanda Blonde
  • Purity Brewing Company: Longhorn IPA
  • Springhead Brewery: Roaring Meg
  • Thwaites: 13 Guns
  • Wadworth & Co: Beer Kitchen Orange Peel
  • Windsor & Eton Brewery: Republika

Of the 12, ten of the finalists are members of SIBA. Nick Stafford, SIBA commercial director, said, “We’re delighted that our members have impressed at the initial stage of judging. The finalists include brewers large and very small, and a wonderful diversity of beer styles, which will now be showcased to buyers, beer writers and other influencers at the Indie Beer Can Festival.

“Craft beer in cans is a growing trend in many markets, notably the USA, and we’re pleased to have been involved in this competition, which has generated huge interest in this packaging format and helped a number of our members to explore it.”

Graham Fenton, chairman of the Can Makers, added: “We have received a huge amount of interest in this competition. There were so many exciting and appealing entries, creating a shortlist was a tough challenge.

“Our judges spent a long time deliberating the qualities of each beer and we are confident that the best 12 have been chosen for the final in September.”

Judges for the final include Tesco beer buyer Chiara Nesbitt, industry experts Adrian Tierney Jones and Jane Peyton, The Can Makers chairman Graham Fenton, and the president of Cask Brewing Systems, Peter Love.

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