Yorkshire brewery wins five beer awards

The team at a Hunmanby based brewery is celebrating after winning three awards at the World Beer Awards and two gold stars at the Guild of Fine Foods' Great Taste Awards.

Monday, 5th October 2020, 12:47 pm
Updated Monday, 5th October 2020, 12:54 pm
Jenni Ashwood from Spirit of Yorkshire with sister, Kate Balchin from Wold Top, with their collaborative beer Swell

Wold Top Brewery's first lager, Landmark Lager and gluten free favourite, Scarborough Fair IPA both won bronze awards at the annual worldwide competition, as did Swell, the barrel aged beer that it produced in conjunction with sister company, Spirit of Yorkshire Distillery.

Landmark Lager won its award in the Session Lager category (UK), Scarborough Fair in the English Style IPA category (UK) and Swell in the Barrel Aged category (UK).

Brewery manager Alex Balchin said: "It's always a great achievement to win awards in brewing competitions that are judged by our industry peers, but even more rewarding to see new beers Landmark Lager and Swell achieving success on a worldwide platform in their first industry wide competition."

The World Beer Awards are held annually to celebrate the World's Best Beers in both taste and design.

Barrel-aged beer, Swell was also awarded with a gold star at the Great Taste Awards that are dubbed the Oscars of the food and drink world. Wold Top's multi award-winning Blonde Beer, Wold Gold, was also awarded a prestigious star.

The Great Taste Awards judging panel concluded that barrel-aged beer, Swell was ‘a beautiful blend of the casks, which is a skill in and of itself and it is a very nice drink' and ‘well textured and complex, plenty of weight and power' whilst Wold Gold had a ‘gently honeyed, beguiling nose.'

In the Great Taste Awards 2020, 12,777 products were judged by 144 of the most discerning palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and producers, as well as food writers and journalists.