Two breweries in Malton have won a place in the national finals of a top real ale contest.
A total of 26 beers from the Society of Independent Brewers’ (SIBA) North east region have been selected for a place in the National finals taking place at BeerX, SIBA’s flagship event.
Brass Castle Brewery Ltd, in Yorkersgate, Malton, and Bad Seed Brewery, in Rye Close, Malton, are among those in the running for the coveted titles. There will be a total of 8 cask beers, 8 ‘small pack’ (bottled and canned) beers, and 10 craft keg beers in the competition, with the overall Gold Champion winners being announced at the evening awards ceremony on the March 16.
Last year Brass Castle Brewery won the Supreme National Champion Cask Beer accolade for its ‘Burnout’ beech-smoked porter at BeerX. It also scooped a Gold medal for its Sunshine IPA bottled beer, and won a SIBA Business Award for ‘Best Community Support’.
In this year's contest Bad Seed's hopes rest with its Hefeweizen (ABV 5.1) while Brass Castle is hoping its Helles Lager (ABV 4.4) will outperform the rest.
Mike Benner, SIBA managing director, said: “SIBA’s beer competition represents the very best in British brewing across all formats, from traditional cask and bottled beer to the growing number of craft canned and kegged beers. Having made it to the top of their regional competitions these beers are already winners, but the final National judging which takes place at BeerX is designed to find the very best of the best."
The BeerX ‘Festival of Beer’, where the beers in the competition along with many more can be enjoyed by the public, will feature over 300 different beers this year including 20 brand new brewery bars serving craft keg, bottled and canned beer.
Other breweries from the region in the running are Allendale Brewery, CullercoatsBrewery Limited, Elland Brewery Ltd, Great Heck Brewing Co Ltd, Hambleton Ales, Ilkley Brewery, Leeds Brewery, MordueBrewery, Ossett Brewing Co Ltd, Revolutions Brewing Company, Rudgate Brewery, Saltaire Brewery, Settle Brewing Company, Small World Beers Ltd, Sonnet 43 Brew House, Tyne Bank Brewery, Vocation Brewery Limited, York Brewery, and Timothy Taylors.
BeerX takes place at iceSheffield in Sheffield from March 16-19; for more information visit beerx.org