We’ve got a double celebration going on this week, after two of our permanently available beers scooped medals at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Regional Bottle & Can Awards!
Our Heresy Lager received a brilliant Bronze medal, and Black Mass received a top class Gold award in the Speciality IPA category, meaning it scored over 90/100 and will go forward to the National Finals, due to be held in March next year.
Excitingly for Black Mass, this is the second year in the row it’s come out on top in the Speciality IPA category, following us strengthening its identity as one of the world’s very first and longest standing Black IPAs. Last year, it went on to win National Gold before being declared Overall Champion beer in can in the whole of the UK – so we’ll be eagerly waiting to see if it can defend its title!
Brewer Jim Rangeley says of the award, “Black Mass has always been one of my favourite beers both to make and to drink, and it’s great to see that the judges agree! I’m looking forward to celebrating with a can of it.”
The SIBA Bottle & Can Independent Beer Awards 2023 see beers marked against internationally recognised style guides for the different beer award categories – looking at appearance, aroma, flavour, aftertaste and saleability. The awards are judged by beer sommeliers, experienced beer judges and fellow brewers too. Just three of the highest level Gold awards were given out across the whole region, and we’re in excellent company, with the fantastic Brew York receiving one for their hazy pale ale Coney, and our friends at Turning Point Brew Co completing the trio with Astral Voyage, a 3.4% sessionable pale.
Cans of both Heresy and Black Mass are available now, via our online shop and from independent retailers nationwide.