Taken from:  http://www.siba.co.uk/2018/04/20/best-independent-craft-beers-south-west-german-style-dunkelweizen-american-hopped-session-ipa/

 

A German-style dark wheat beer, traditionally known as a ‘Dunkelweizen’, and an American hopped ‘Session IPA’ have taken home the two top spots in the SIBA South West Independent Beer Awards, showing just how exciting and vibrant the brewing scene is in the South West in 2018.

The awards took place prior to the famous Tuckers Maltings Beer Festival in Newton Abbot and are run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA). The trade association represents independent craft brewers across the UK, who are now brewing the broadest range of beer styles ever seen, to quench the thirst for independent craft beer from drinkers and pub-goers.

‘Jurassic Dark’ (5.9%) by Dorset Brewing Co was named overall Champion Cask beer at the competition and is described as a rich dark beer with chocolate and port flavours, and a forest fruits aroma.

‘Ellensberg Session IPA’ (4.3% abv) by Harbour Brewing Co took home the overall Gold in the ‘Bottle & Can’ competition with their aromatic, citrusy and hugely drinkable canned Session IPA, brewed to show off flavours of citrus fruit and punchy American hops.

The awards, which were presented at Tucker’s Maltings Beer festival last night, are judged by fellow brewers and other representatives from the industry, making these the much coveted ‘brewers’ choice’ awards in the South West.

“The standard of the South West beers was fantastic again and we had some really good winners. This was the first time we tried some new beer categories to reflect today’s beer market and the judges thought these worked very well. We feel this is a very positive move for British independent beer.” Guy Sheppard, SIBA Competitions Chairman

SIBA’s Independent Beer Award categories were given a shakeup this year to include more categories for popular IPA’s and other now-popular beer styles, including a new Session IPA category, which Harbour won before taking the overall Gold against bottles and cans in other styles.

“I am really pleased to win this award and it is great to be recognised in this way by our peers – we were against very tough competition and I would just say please go out and enjoy this beer… it is perfect for a sunny afternoon!” Eddie Lofthouse, Director Harbour Brewing.

Session IPAs have proved popular with beer drinkers as they offer the drinkability of a craft lager or pale ale with the addition of the aromatic New World hops you would expect in an India Pale Ale (IPA), which tend to be much stronger in alcohol, typically five, six or evern seven percent alcohol.

The cask winner is a different beast altogether – a German style dark wheat beer with flavours of port and chocolate – but its win also shows the popularity of international styles with British brewers and beer drinkers alike,

“This is my favourite beer we brew. I am so pleased with this result and look forward to this going forward to SIBA’s national beer competition. It is our first crack into the ‘craft beer’ market – it starts here!” Mike Thornton, Dorset Brewing Co.

Members of the public will get a chance to taste the best beers in the South West at the Tucker’s Maltings Beer Festival which continues today and tomorrow. For more information visit http://edwintucker.co.uk/beer-festival/2018-26/#.Wti8dmbMzOQ

Full Winners’ List
 
SIBA South West Independent Beer Awards 2018

DATE       OF JUDGING     19th April

Overall Champion Cask Beers

Sponsored by Tuckers Maltings Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Dorset Brewing Company  Jurassic Dark 5.9
Silver  Twisted Oak Brewery Ltd  Leveret 4.6
Bronze  St Austell Brewery  Big Job 7.2

Cask British Dark Beers (up to 4.4%)

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Isle of Avalon Brewery pomparles porter 4.4
Silver  New Lion Brewery Totnes Stout 4.4
Bronze  Weighbridge Brewhouse GWR Mild 4.0

Cask British Dark Beers (4.5 to 6.4%)

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Exeter Brewery Darkness 5.1
Silver  Roam Brewing Co. Tavy Porter 5.2
Bronze  Bristol Beer Factory Milk Stout 4.5

Cask British Bitters (up to 4.4%)

Sponsored by Rastal GmbH & Co. Ltd Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Great western Brewing Company Maiden Voyage 4.0
Silver  Bays Brewery Gold 4.3
Bronze  Quantock Brewery Wills Neck 4.3

Cask Premium Bitters (4.5 to 6.4%)

Sponsored by Rankin Brother & Sons Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Twisted Oak Brewery Ltd  Leveret 4.6
Silver  Powderkeg Brewery  6ixes & 7evens 5.0
Bronze  Roam Brewing Co.  Sound Bitter 4.5

Cask Session IPA (up to 4.3%)

Sponsored by Crisp Malting Group Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Quantock Brewery QPA 4.0
Silver  Powderkeg Brewery Speak Easy 4.3
Bronze  St Austell Brewery Prophecy 3.8

Cask Premium PAs (4.4 to 5.4%)

Sponsored by Murphy & Son Ltd Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Kettlesmith Brewing Company Timeline 5.4
Silver  Firebrand Brewing West Coast Session IPA 4.5
Bronze  Cheddar Ales Ltd Frozen Deep 4.5

Cask IPA (5.5 to 6.4%)

Sponsored by Charles Faram & Co. Ltd Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Electric Bear Brewing Company Above The Clouds 6.2
Silver  Eight Arch Brewing Co. Corbel 5.5
Bronze  Dawkins Ales Ultra 6.2

Cask Speciality Light Beers

Sponsored by SPASoft Ltd Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Moor Beer Company Do It Together 5.2
Silver  Great western Brewing Company Bees Knees 4.2
Bronze  Hunters Brewery Ltd crispy pig 4.0

Cask Speciality Mid to Dark Beers

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Dorset Brewing Company Jurassic Dark 5.9
Silver  Gyle 59 Brad’s Coffee Stout 4.5
Bronze  Brewhouse and Kitchen Ltd Bristol BA Maple Sap Scotch **Barrel aged** 6.4

Cask Strong Beers 6.5% and over

Sponsored by Bulk Storage & Process Systems Ltd Brewery Product ABV
Gold  St Austell Brewery Big Job 7.2
Silver  Exmoor Ales Exmoor Beast 6.6
Bronze  New Lion Brewery Double Stout 7.4

Overall Champion Bottle/Can Beers

Sponsored by SPASoft Ltd Brewery Product ABV
Gold Harbour Brewing Company Ellensberg Session IPA 4.3
Silver St Austell Brewery Big Job 7.2
Bronze Liberation Brewery Liberation Ale 4.0

Bottle/Can British Dark Beers (up to 4.4%)

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Castle Brewery Moat Mild 4.4
Silver  Yeovil Ales Stout Hearted 4.3
Bronze  New Lion Brewery Totnes Stout 4.4


Bottle/Can British Dark Beers (4.5 to 6.4%)

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Electric Bear Brewing Company Inspector Remorse 4.7
Silver   Roam Brewing Co. Tavy Porter 5.2
Bronze   PALMERS BREWERY TALLY HO! 5.5

Bottle/Can British Bitters (up to 4.4%)

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Great western Brewing Company Maiden Voyage 4.0
Silver  Bays Brewery Gold 4.3
Bronze  Quantock Brewery Wills Neck 4.3

Bottle/Can Premium Bitters (4.5 to 6.4%)

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Twisted Oak Brewery Ltd  Leveret 4.6
Silver  Powderkeg Brewery  6ixes & 7evens 5.0
Bronze  Roam Brewing Co.  Sound Bitter 4.5

Bottle/Can Session IPA (up to 4.3%)

Sponsored by Beatson ClarkLtd Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Harbour Brewing Company  Ellensberg Session IPA 4.3
Silver  Great western Brewing Company  Hambrook Pale Ale 4.0
Bronze  PALMERS BREWERY  PALMERS IPA 4.2

Bottle/Can Premium PAs (4.4 to 5.4%)

Sponsored by Niche Solutions (GB) Ltd Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Kettlesmith Brewing Company  Timeline 5.4
Silver  Firebrand Brewing  West Coast Session IPA 4.5
Bronze  Cheddar Ales Ltd  Frozen Deep 4.5

Bottle/Can Can IPA (5.5 to 6.4%)

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Eight Arch Brewing Co. Corbel 5.5
Silver  Firebrand Brewing Graffiti IPA 5.5
Bronze  Beat Ales Funk 5.5

Bottle/Can Session Lager & Pilsners

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Keltek Cornish Brewery Swifties Cornish Lager 4.0
Silver  Harbour Brewing Company Helles Lager 4.5
Bronze  Hunters Brewery Ltd Devon Maid Lager 4.4

Bottle/Can Premium Lager & Pilsners

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Harbour Brewing Company Pilsner Lager 5.0
Silver  ZerodegreesZER1 Pilsner 4.8
Bronze  Powderkeg Brewery Cut Loose 4.7

Bottle/Can Speciality Light Beers

Sponsored by SPASoft Ltd Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Red Rock Brewery Ltd Honey Slow Beer 5.0
Silver  Hop Kettle Brewing Co. Busaba Saison 5.3
Bronze  Skinners Brewery Company Ltd Hops and Honey 4.

Bottle/Can Speciality Mid to Dark Beers

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Dawkins Ales Foresters Black 4.9
Silver  Hop Kettle Brewing Co. Flapjack Marmalade 7.7
Bronze  Padstow Brewing Company 317 7.4

Bottle/Can Strong Beers 6.5% and over

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  St Austell Brewery Big Job 7.2
Silver  Moor Beer Company Old Freddy Walker 7.3
Bronze  Firebrand Brewing Impy Stout 10.0