SIBA names winners in National Beer Competition

SIBA national beer competition 2014 winnersFuller’s, Bristol Beer Factory and Cotswold Spring Brewery have been named Supreme Champions as part of the National Beer Competition run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

Announced at the organisation’s BeerX event in Sheffield, the winning beers were OSM (Old Sodbury Mild) from Cotswold Spring in the cask category, Fuller’s London Porter in the keg category, and Independence from Bristol Beer Factory in bottled beer. Each was selected from the Gold medal winners for their category.

All Gold, Silver and Bronze medal-winning beers were chosen by a panel of around 100 brewers, industry experts, local licensees and beer enthusiasts from 300 finalists which earned their place in Sheffield by winning a medal at one of SIBA’s eight regional beer competitions.

SIBA chief executive Julian Grocock said: “With close to 800 brewers now within SIBA’s membership, competition for a medal is intense at both regional heats and the national final.

“To win a place at the final judging at BeerX is an achievement in itself and we applaud all our finalist brewers as well as the medal and trophy winners.”

Mark Frankcom of Cotswold Spring Brewery said: “It is an extraordinary accolade to be judged the best cask beer by our peers at this great beer competition. We’re very proud of OSM, which is based on a traditional local recipe and produced from 100% malted ingredients.”

For Bristol Beer Factory, brewer Jonny Mills said: “We are always trying to make the best possible beers, and it is wonderful to win the top award at the best beer competition in the UK.”

All Bronze, Silver and Gold award winners received their certificates and trophies on stage at BeerX from BBC Radio food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden and SIBA commercial director Nick Stafford. Click here for a full list of Bronze, Silver and Gold winners.

Pictured collected their awards, left to right, are Nik Milo of Cotswold Spring Brewery, SIBA commercial director Nick Stafford and Jonny Mills of Bristol Beer Factory.

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