It won DOUBLE GOLD - as champion in the biggest category, Standard Bitters & Pale Ales and as overall champion of the competition, which was contested by 80 northern breweries who entered 254 cask beers.
Judging was by blind tasting.
Windermere Pale now goes to the SIBA National competition, contested by the category winners from all 7 regions of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA.)
The North region is the largest region.
Windermere Pale at 3.5% abv is hoppy and refreshing, pale gold in colour with a long bitter finish with hints of grapefruit, the fruity hop flavours come from a medley of traditional and modern hops. Earlier this year it won a silver medal in the Brewing Industry International Awards.
Managing Director of Hawkshead Brewery, Alex Brodie says:
“Windermere Pale is a very popular beer, it has a lot of fans. It has become the best selling beer in The Beer Hall at the brewery. It is one of those beers that is winning converts to real ale. I’m so glad competition judges like it too.”