20Mar 2017

Charles Faram proudly congratulate our customers listed below for their wins.

Burning Sky brewery in East Sussex have stopped a potential Scottish hat-trick in the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) National Independent Beer Awards, by taking home Gold in the Keg competition. The awards, the biggest of their kind ever seen in the UK with hundreds of cask, keg, bottled and canned beers judged across 5 days, were announced at SIBA’s BeerX event in Sheffield last on Friday night

Brewery Beer ABV CLASS Award
Williams Bros Brewing Co Williams Black 4.2 Supreme Champion of the Cask Beer Competition GOLD
Swannay Brewery Island Hopping 3.9 Supreme Champion of the Cask Beer Competition SILVER
Eight Arch Brewing Co. Corbel 5.5 Supreme Champion of the Cask Beer Competition BRONZE
Williams Bros Brewing Co Williams Black 4.2 Champion Cask Standard Mild & Brown Ales GOLD
Earl Soham brewery Ltd Sir Rogers porter 4.2 Champion Cask Standard Mild & Brown Ales SILVER
Blackedge Brewing Company Ltd Dark MIld 3.9 Champion Cask Standard Mild & Brown Ales BRONZE
Swannay Brewery Island Hopping 3.9 Champion Cask Standard Bitters & Pale Ales GOLD
York Brewery Ltd Blonde 3.9 Champion Cask Standard Bitters & Pale Ales SILVER
Combined Brewers Ltd Nibley Ale 3.8 Champion Cask Standard Bitters & Pale Ales BRONZE
Wantsum Brewery Ltd Montgomery 4.0 Champion Cask Best Bitters & Pale Ales GOLD
Barngates Brewery Tag Lag 4.4 Champion Cask Best Bitters & Pale Ales SILVER
Black Sheep Brewery Special Ale 4.4 Champion Cask Best Bitters & Pale Ales BRONZE
Alechemy Brewing Ltd Bad Day At The Office 4.5 Champion Cask Premium Bitters & Pale Ales GOLD
Salopian Brewery Hoptwister 4.5 Champion Cask Premium Bitters & Pale Ales SILVER
Cullercoats Brewery Ltd Pilot 4.8 Champion Cask Premium Bitters & Pale Ales BRONZE
Eight Arch Brewing Co. Corbel 5.5 Champion Cask Strong Bitters & Pale Ales GOLD
Slater’s Ales Haka 5.2 Champion Cask Strong Bitters & Pale Ales SILVER
Daleside Brewery Monkey Wrench 5.3 Champion Cask Strong Bitters & Pale Ales BRONZE
St Austell Brewery Big Job 7.2 Champion Cask Premium Strong Beers GOLD
Harrogate Brewing Company Kursaal Imperial Stout 7.5 Champion Cask Premium Strong Beers SILVER
Black Cat Brewery Tzar Imperial Stout 6.8 Champion Cask Premium Strong Beers BRONZE
New Lion Brewery Totnes Stout 4.4 Champion Cask Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Stro

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GOLD
Great Newsome Brewery Liquorice Lads Stout 4.3 Champion Cask Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Stro SILVER
Bespoke Brewing Co Ltd Money for Old Rope 4.8 Champion Cask Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Stro BRONZE
RCH Brewery Chocolate Slug 4.5 Champion Cask Speciality Beers GOLD
Blackedge Brewing Company Ltd Ginger 4.5 Champion Cask Speciality Beers SILVER
Northern Monk Brewing Co Northern Star 5.9 Champion Cask Speciality Beers BRONZE
Fyne Ales Mills & Hills 9.5 Supreme Champion of the Small Pack Competi GOLD
Loch Lomond Brewery Silkie Stout 5.0 Supreme Champion of the Small Pack Competi SILVER
Hawkshead Brewery Lakeland Lager 5.0 Supreme Champion of the Small Pack Competi BRONZE
Strathaven Ales Craigmill Mild 3.5 Champion Small Pack Standard Mild & Brown GOLD
The Loose Cannon Brewing Com Abingdon Bridge 4.1 Champion Small Pack Standard Mild & Brown SILVER
Wolf Brewery Sirius Dog Star 4.4 Champion Small Pack Standard Mild & Brown BRONZE
Idle Valley Brewery Ltd Vacant gesture 3.8 Champion Small Pack Standard Bitters & Pale GOLD
Gloucester Brewery Ltd Gloucester Gold 4.1 Champion Small Pack Standard Bitters & Pale SILVER
Hawkshead Brewery Windermere Pale 4.0 Champion Small Pack Standard Bitters & Pale BRONZE
Thornbridge Brewery AM:PM 4.5 Champion Small Pack Premium Bitters & Pale GOLD
Woodfordes Nelsons Revenge 4.5 Champion Small Pack Premium Bitters & Pale SILVER
Liberation Brewery Liberation IPA 4.8 Champion Small Pack Premium Bitters & Pale BRONZE
Purity Brewing Company Longhorn IPA 5.0 Champion Small Pack Strong Bitters & Pale Ale GOLD
Irwell Works Brewery Mad Dogs & Englishmen 5.5 Champion Small Pack Strong Bitters & Pale Ale SILVER
Hambleton Ales LLP Thoroughbred Pale Ale 5.0 Champion Small Pack Strong Bitters & Pale Ale BRONZE
Fyne Ales Mills & Hills 9.5 Champion Small Pack Premium Strong Beers GOLD
Lacons Brewery Audit 8.0 Champion Small Pack Premium Strong Beers SILVER
Windsor and Eton Brewery Uprising’s Treason 6.0 Champion Small Pack Premium Strong Beers BRONZE
Brass Castle Brewery Helles Lager 4.4 Champion Small Pack Standard Lager & Pilsne GOLD
The Norfolk Brewhouse DewHopper Norfolk Lager 4.0 Champion Small Pack Standard Lager & Pilsne SILVER
Charnwood Brewery Liska 4.0 Champion Small Pack Standard Lager & Pilsne BRONZE
Hawkshead Brewery Lakeland Lager 5.0 Champion Small Pack Premium Lager & Pilsne GOLD
The Norfolk Brewhouse StubbleStag 5.0 Champion Small Pack Premium Lager & Pilsne SILVER
Edinburgh Beer Factory Paolozzi 5.2 Champion Small Pack Premium Lager & Pilsne BRONZE
Loch Lomond Brewery Silkie Stout 5.0 Champion Small Pack Porters, Stouts, Old Ale GOLD
Salopian Brewery Midnight Express 5.2 Champion Small Pack Porters, Stouts, Old Ale SILVER
Bristol Beer Factory MIlk Stout 4.5 Champion Small Pack Porters, Stouts, Old Ale BRONZE
Swannay Brewery Barrel Aged Orkney Porter (2014 Arra 10.5 Champion Small Pack Speciality Beers GOLD
Elgood & Sons Ltd Q E Cherry Wheat 3.6 Champion Small Pack Speciality Beers SILVER
The Five Points Brewing Compan London Smoke 7.8 Champion Small Pack Speciality Beers BRONZE
Burning Sky Brewery Limited Easy Answers 6.0 Supreme Champion of the Keg Competitionion GOLD
Grain Brewery Slate 6.0 Supreme Champion of the Keg Competitionion SILVER
Grain Brewery Weizen 5.0 Supreme Champion of the Keg Competitionion BRONZE
Arran Brewery Arran Dark 4.3 Champion Keg Standard Mild & Brown Ales GOLD
Everards Brewery Tiger 4.2 Champion Keg Standard Mild & Brown Ales SILVER
Elgoods Brewery Ltd Black Dog 3.6 Champion Keg Standard Mild & Brown Ales BRONZE
Stewart Brewing Jack Back 3.7 Champion Keg Standard Bitters & Pale Ales GOLD
Red Squirrel Brewing Company Hopfest 3.8 Champion Keg Standard Bitters & Pale Ales SILVER
Acorn Brewery Barnsley Bitter 3.8 Champion Keg Standard Bitters & Pale Ales BRONZE
Charnwood Brewery American Pale Ale 4.8 Champion Keg Premium Bitters & Pale Ales GOLD
New Lion Brewery Pandit 4.9 Champion Keg Premium Bitters & Pale Ales SILVER
The Dark Star Brewing Co Ltd American Pale Ale 4.7 Champion Keg Premium Bitters & Pale Ales BRONZE
Charnwood Brewery India Pale ale 5.8 Champion Keg Strong Bitters & Pale Ales GOLD
Salopian Brewery Kashmir 5.5 Champion Keg Strong Bitters & Pale Ales SILVER
Grain Brewery Pale 5.0 Champion Keg Strong Bitters & Pale Ales BRONZE
Burning Sky Brewery Limited Easy Answers 6.0 Champion Keg Premium Strong Beers GOLD
Saltaire Brewery Ltd Kala Black IPA 6.2 Champion Keg Premium Strong Beers SILVER
St. Peter’s Brewery Black IPA 7.0 Champion Keg Premium Strong Beers BRONZE
Coniston Brewery Oliver’s Lager 3.4 Champion Keg Standard Lager & Pilsners GOLD
Williams Bros Brewing Co Caesar Augustus 4.1 Champion Keg Standard Lager & Pilsners SILVER
Daleside Brewery Daleside Larger 4.0 Champion Keg Standard Lager & Pilsners BRONZE
Barngates Brewery Vienna 5.2 Champion Keg Premium Lager & Pilsners GOLD
Calvors Brewery Limited Calvors Premium Pilsner Lager 5.0 Champion Keg Premium Lager & Pilsners SILVER
St Austell Brewery Co Ltd Korev 4.8 Champion Keg Premium Lager & Pilsners BRONZE
Grain Brewery Slate 6.0 Champion Keg Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Stron GOLD
Thornbridge Brewery Baize 6.0 Champion Keg Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Stron SILVER
Hardknott Brewery Dark Energy 4.9 Champion Keg Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Stron BRONZE
Grain Brewery Weizen 5.0 Champion Keg Speciality Beers GOLD
The London Beer Factory Fruit Loop 4.1 Champion Keg Speciality Beers SILVER
14Mar 2017

Everyone at Chares Faram sends huge congratulations to the large number of our customers who took away an award last Friday!

Issued on behalf of:                The International Brewing & Cider Awards

By:                                           ShielPorterCommunications

List of winners

Winners photo 01

Chair of judges Bill Taylor (far left) with medal winners. Top row (l-r) David Nicholls, Moa Brewing Company; Brian Yorston, Daniel Thwaites; Oliver Wesseloh, Kreativ Brewery; Sara Barton, Brewster’s Brewing Co; Hiroshi Yamashita, Asahi Breweries. Front row: Oliver Fozard, Roosters Brewery ; Paul Hurley, Liberation Brewery; Kaori Oshita, Minoh Beer

Brewers and cider makers from 21 countries have received accolades in the International Brewing & Cider Awards 2017, as the winners of 125 medals were announced after three days of judging in Burton-upon-Trent.

Medals were awarded to beers and ciders from all over the world  – Europe, Australasia, the Far East, North and South America – and to producers from a broad spectrum, from regional microbrewers and artisan cider makers to multinational companies.

The 45 judges assessed more than 1,100 beers and ciders – an uplift of 15% on the last competition, held in 2015.  The Awards are unique in requiring that all judges are currently working as brewers or cider makers, who select the winners through a consensus approach.

Chair of judges Bill Taylor said, “The list of medal winners reflects both the quality and diversity of beers and ciders entered into the competition. Judges put in long hours assessing and debating the merits of the products to select the winners and the final list is an impressive showcase for the very best in brewing and cider making around the world.”

One of the key criteria for judging at the International Brewing & Cider Awards is consideration of a product’s commercial worth.  Several of this year’s first-time judges praised this requirement, including Oliver Wesseloh of Kreativ Brewery in Hamburg, who said, “The winning beers here are the ones that, once tasted, you would order again, or recommend to a friend.  It’s a different approach to many other competitions.”

 

Oliver Wesseloh of Kreativ Brewery

Oliver Wesseloh of Kreativ Brewery

David Nicholls of Moa Brewing in New Zealand added, “Innovation has to be tempered with the commercial reality of making beers that consumers will want to drink. This competition rewards those beers that achieve that balance.”

Medal winners included Minoh Beers, winning a Bronze for its Stout and a Gold for its W-IPA. Brewery owner and head brewer Kaori Oshita said, “Winning a medal at this competition, which is one of the most rigorous in the world, is a real achievement, and I’m especially proud that our Stout – a British style of beer – was judged the best by a panel that included British judges; that makes it very meaningful. Our awards reflect the hard work of everyone at the brewery.”

She added, “I’m pleased that a number of Japanese brewers were recognised in Burton; our craft beer category is small so we collaborate more than we compete and success here will help to grow the sector.”

Oliver Fozard of Roosters Brewery, which won Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, said, “This is one of very few brewing competitions we will pay to enter, because of the calibre of the judges. It’s an honour to be mentioned in the same breath as breweries we look up to.”

 

Winners photo Paul Hurley of Liberation Brewery

Paul Hurley of Liberation Brewery

The Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners announced in Burton will collect their medals at an Awards luncheon held at London Guildhall on 26 April, when the 10 overall Championship winners – nine beers and one cider – will be unveiled.

To view the list of all 2017 medal winners, visit www.brewingawards.org

The International Brewing & Cider Awards 2017 are supported by headline sponsors Barth-Haas Group and Krones.  Trophy sponsors include: Brauwelt, Brewers’ Guardian, Institute of Brewing & Distilling, BeerQX, drink Technology + Marketing, British Guild of Beer Writers and the Morning Advertiser. Molson Coors provided support in consolidation and dispense.

 

09Mar 2017

“The £1000 reduction in business rates for pubs with a rateable value below £100,000 is welcome support for the sector, although much more needs to be done, but this contrasts sharply with the 2 pence increase on beer tax which is a blow for the millions of people who enjoy a pint of British beer in their local pub and also for Britain’s 1,800 small brewing businesses across the country.
We called for local brewers and community pubs to be supported with a cut in beer duty to build confidence, enable investment and create jobs in light of increasing costs and uncertainty, but the Chancellor’s decision will be a setback.”

Mike Benner, SIBA Managing Director

02Mar 2017

Taken from: http://www.siba.co.uk/2017/03/01/cutbeertax-campaign-71-mps-sign-and-return-beer-and-pub-pledge-card-as-giant-pint-delivered-to-the-treasury/

 

Seventy-One Members of Parliament have now signed a pledge card supporting the brewing and pubs sector ahead of the Budget, with leading industry campaigners delivering a giant ‘pint of pledges’ to the Chancellor at the Treasury, today.

Graham Evans MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group, joined BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds, Ray Turpie, Chair of CAMRA’s Public Affairs Committee, and Neil Walker of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), who have been campaigning for a cut in beer duty in the Budget on 8th March.

The MP pledge highlights the 900,000 jobs that depend on the industry across the country, and the £20 billion beer and pubs add to the economy.

The card points out that British people drink 12 per cent of the beer in the European Union, but pay almost 40 per cent of the total beer tax. Beer is essential to the Great British pub, so keeping a lid on beer duty will help to keep pubs open and thriving, the card says.

Mike Benner, SIBA Managing Director commented:

“It is heartening to see so many MPs supporting the call for a cut in Beer Duty in the March Budget and I hope the delivery of today’s pledges will help persuade the Chancellor to offer continued support to the vibrant beer and pubs sector.”

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive comments:

“I want to thank Graham Evans and all the MPs who have now pledged their support to beer and pubs, which has been on a cross-party basis. It has made a real difference in the run-up to the Budget.”

Graham Evans MP adds:

“For all members of Parliament, beer and pubs are vital to our communities. Support for the sector can bring more of the investment needed, to provide the great pubs that bring people together to enjoy a pint. I am delighted that so many fellow MPs have shown their support.”

13Feb 2017
Photo of Ibd 2016 winners

IBD 2016 winners

Wimbledon Brewery in south-west London hosted the Institute of Brewing & Distilling’s ‘British Hop Awards’ where the TG Redsell business walked away champion grower for their Cascade hops. The competition highlighted the skills of British hop growers in producing hops with a vibrant and pungent aroma, challenging the belief that English grown hops are all primarily delicate and nuanced. Winners amongst the categories were crowded by newer English varieties that have stemmed from breeding programmes in a response to brewers asking for more intense aroma producing floral, citrus and fruit characteristics.

Charles Faram’s own varieties Olicana and Jester took away prizes from the competition.

British Hop Awards organiser and Hop Judge Shane McNamara commented “In what was a challenging growing year for the farmers, it was an exceptional year for the newer British hop varieties and their American counterparts grown in the UK.”  Hops such as Jester and Olicana proved highly successful when pitched against the likes of Cascade and Chinook in a growing year that has produced intense aroma from these hops. The winning hop of Cascade was chosen for its wonderfully strong aroma of citrus peel, oranges and tangerine. The award was one of two for the Kent based growers who also picked up an accolade for their Fuggle hops.

Photo of Ibd 2016 awards

IBD 2016 awards

The strategy of developing unique British grown hops that can deliver aroma characteristics once thought not possible in the UK countryside was championed by Ali Capper from the British Hop Association “It has been a clear strategy of the Wye Hops Board for over 9 years to breed new British Hops that deliver stronger unique aromas for the brewers and British Hop growers are certainly delivering this today with over 28 different varieties available. There will always be something new, something different and something a brewer has not tried before from British Hops.”

Hop acreage in the UK increased by 8.5% over the past year proving to be the largest growth in many years. With the strength of the breeding programmes, skill of the growers producing quality hops in a difficult growing year due to mild winters and mini droughts, the future of British hops looks bright once again.

 

THE INSTITUTE OF BREWING AND DISTILLING BRITISH HOP COMPETITION 2016

2016 Competition Winner’s List:

 

  1. Class A: The Le May Cup awarded for the best sample of Goldings and eligible clones.

1st – S J Adams & Son (Goldings)#5

2nd – R Lane (Goldings)#35

3rd – S J Adams & Son (Goldings)#70

 

  1. Class B: The Hop Merchants Cup awarded for the best sample of hops (from each individual Category) bought on the basis of their aroma character, irrespective of Alpha Acid content.

Category A: High Aroma intensity

1st – T G Redsell Ltd (UK Cascade)#5555

2nd – M H & L Andrews (Olicana)#415

3rd – M H & L Andrews (Jester)#522

 

Category B: Strong Aroma Intensity

1st – Little Lambswick (Challenger)#285

2nd – C R & G Daws (Challenger)#205

3rd – J W Spilsbury & Co (Challenger)#315

 

Category C: Delicate Aroma Intensity

1st – Little Pell Farm (Pilgrim)#315

2nd – M R & A Capper (Phoenix)#15

3rd – Clive & Richard Edmed (First Gold)#705

 

  1. Class C: The Brewers Cup awarded for the best sample of hops that are bought primarily for their high Alpha Acid content.

1st – S T Tipples (Admiral)#375

2nd – H M Batt (Admiral)#705

3rd – M & R Hancocks (Target)#345

 

  1. Class D: The Wigan Cup awarded for the best sample of Fuggle.

1st – Hampton Estate#85

2nd – M & R Hancocks#185

3rd – T G Redsell Ltd#8705

 

  1. Class E: The Barth Haas Cup awarded for the best sample of Dwarf/Hedgerow variety.

1st – L E Humphreys & Sons (Boadicea)#65

2nd – M R & A Capper (Sovereign)#295

3rd – Clive & Richard Edmed (Sovereign)#435

 

  1. Class F: The Grower’s Challenge Bowl awarded for the best sample of new English grown variety.

1st – M R & A Capper (Jester)#425

2nd – M H & L Andrews (Jester)#305

3rd – Pridewood Hops (UK Chinook)#505

 

  1. Champion: The best overall hop sample from the winners of classes A to F for the Institute of Brewing and Distilling Award will be announced at the awards ceremony in January!

 

Comments from the Judges

The judges met in November at the English Hops Limited Showroom in Paddock Wood, Kent. This year they were faced with 168 samples across 27 varieties of British hops, all excellently prepared and presented.

The judges are keen to highlight that their decisions are made on their abilities first and foremost as brewers and that their selection of winning samples is based upon a number of criteria including:-

v Trueness to variety type

v Quality and intensity of aroma

v Disease and pest free

v Presentation of sample

 

… Or put more simply, the hop sample in each category that they would most want to use to brew their own beers!

Samples are always presented ‘blind’ and categories are judged from low to high intensity aroma. All of the samples are inspected by all of the judges and the top three in each class are selected by agreement after debate and voting.

 

Class A: The Le May Cup for the best sample of Goldings and eligible clones

The judges commented that there was a range of ripeness across the samples with some showing more trueness to type attributes than others. Aroma intensity of the Goldings was more subdued than previous years, however, a similar intensity to last year. The category winner, a sample of Goldings from S J Adams & Son, was chosen for presentation as well as its elevated aroma. Congratulations to R Lane (Goldings) for second place and to S J Adams & Son for third place for another sample of their Goldings.

 

Class B: The Hop Merchants Cup for the best sample of British hops bought on the basis of their flavour character, regardless of Alpha Acid content.

Overall the quality of aroma across the class was on par with previous years with some novel and pleasant characteristics coming through on a number of samples. A difficult class to judge due to some of the wonderfully pungent samples, much debate was had over some of the categories. In Category A, T G Redsell Ltd (UK Cascade) was picked by the judges as the group winner for its vivid intensity and excellent presentation. Category B samples across the group had lower aroma intensities than expected when compared to Categories A and C. The category was won by Little Lambswick (Challenger) for its aroma intensity, just nudging out 2nd and 3rd, both of which were also Challenger. Category C was taken out by Little Pell Farm (Pilgrim). With a clean pick and slight brownness the quality and intensity of the aroma just edged out 2nd place Phoenix from M R & A Capper.

 

Class C: The Brewers Cup for the best sample of British hops that are bought primarily for their high Alpha Acid content.

The judges again this year focused their considerations on the characteristics of the hops for dual purpose use. The group was relatively subdued in terms of aroma intensity with a couple of samples standing out. The class winner was a sample of Admiral from S T Tipples.

 

Class D: The Wigan Cup for the best sample of Fuggle.

Overall the judges commented that hops were subdued in aroma (although true to type) with a brown and reddish hue to most samples. Judging for this class was difficult due to the delicate aroma, however, the winner Hampton Estate provided a sample that met all expectations of a true Fuggle hop.

 

Class E: The Barth Haas Cup for the best sample of Dwarf/Hedgerow variety.

The pick samples this year once again proved to be of a high quality across the different varieties. There was a good range of aroma intensity, complexity and moisture levels. First placed was a sample of Boadicea from L E Humphreys & Sons.

 

Class F: The Grower’s Challenge Bowl for the best sample of new English grown variety.

The samples this year overall were ripe and with low moisture. The diverse nature of the group again provided good deliberation. As seen in the success of the other categories from new and international varieties the judges were keen to include newly UK grown varieties from not only the UK but abroad. The winners were very close with much deliberation had, however, Jester has taken out both 1st and 2nd place in the category with M R & A Capper taking out the class.

Overall it was great to see the ingenuity and adaptability of the British hop growers shine through this year. In a year where traditional varieties such as Fuggle, Goldings and Bramling Cross were more subdued, the likes of Cascade, Jester, Olicana, Chinook and Pilgrim showed strong and unique aroma characteristics. As a final comment we would like to thank the hop growers and all the growing groups for their support in making this competition happen. We hope to see as many growers, merchants and brewers at the awards lunch in January and would particularly like to welcome younger growers and brewers as this is a great opportunity to see samples from across the whole range of British hop varieties.

 

Judges for the 2016 competition:

  • John Bexon
  • Ciaran Giblin
  • Shane McNamara
  • Derek Prentice
  • Mark Slater
  • Dan Griffiths