We had two beers in the final of the Campaign for Real Ale's Champion Beer of Britain competition, at London's Olympia last night and both won medals.
NZPA (New Zealand Pale Ale) took silver and Hawkshead Bitter bronze, in their categories.
"With more than 1500 breweries in the country now, the odds of getting to the final are long, to get a medal is the icing on the cake , to get two medals is a triumph for our brilliant brewing team, who are at the top of their game" said owner Alex Brodie, “what I’m most happy about is the consistent high level they achieve”.
We've had beers in the final every year for the past 6 years “it’s one thing to brew a cracking beer once, the trick is to do it all the time” said Alex.
To reach the finals, beers go through several rounds over the course of a year; they’re judged at local tasting panels and regional heats before the final judging at the Great British Beer Festival.
Bitter 3.7% is the beer that built the brewery, first brewed in 2002. NZPA 6%, created by Head Brewer Matt, is a highly hopped pale ale brewed with four New Zealand hop varieties.