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15th October 2021

‘American IPA’ from Navigation Brewery named best beer in the Midlands at SIBA Independent Beer Awards 2021

Navigation Brewery have taken home the Overall Champion Cask Beer Award at the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) Midlands Independent Beer Awards 2021, which took place at the Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival.

Their Gold-winning beer ‘American IPA’ proved a huge hit with the expert judges, described as ‘a light and fragrant ale which is dominated by the scents of spring – cherry blossom and acacia, with a delicate balance of floral notes and bitterness’.

The Overall Silver award winner continued the international theme, with Loose Cannon winning with their Belgian style Tripel – coming in at a hefty 8.5%. The Overall Bronze was snapped up by Blue Monkey brewery with their speciality ‘Guerilla Chocolate Ameretto’ Stout.

The awards took place ahead of the Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival (organised by CAMRA) at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, which continues today and over the weekend. Separate to CAMRA’s own awards the SIBA Independent Beer Awards are run by the brewers themselves and are judged by fellow brewers from elsewhere in the UK, as well other representatives from the industry and expert beer judges – making these the much coveted ‘brewers’ choice’ awards in the Midlands.

Accepting the top cask beer award for Navigation was Head Brewer Dominic Flynn,

“It’s amazing that two years ago we won this same Award with Saviour, which this beer was based on, and it’s good to know it is tasting as good as ever. There were some amazing beers in this competition so we really are blown away to win. It’s hard work making beer and we just try to make the best examples and styles as possible. We’re delighted and very proud.” 

The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) represents independent craft brewers across the UK, and all the winners of the Midlands Independent Beer Awards will now go on to the National Finals at the BeerX UK event in Liverpool, March 2022. Hosting the awards on behalf of SIBA was Neil Walker, Chair of SIBA’s Competitions Committee.

“The quality of beer in the competition was really exceptional and all kept in absolutely perfect condition by the expert cellar team at Nottingham CAMRA Beer Festival. Huge thanks to them and massive congratulations to all of the winners in this year’s awards – anyone taking home a category Gold has beaten some incredibly tough competition and should be very proud of their achievement. Particular congrats of course goes to the Overall Gold winner Navigation, who were worthy winners and whom I would wish the best of luck in the National Finals early next year!”

Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground continues today and over the weekend, where all of the award-winning beers below will be on sale.


Photos: To access all of the awards and judging photos including the above: Click here

– Full list of winners follows below

SIBA Midlands Independent Beer Awards 2021 – FULL WINNERS LIST
DATE  OF JUDGING  13th October

Overall Champion of the Cask Competition

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Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Navigation Brewery   American  5.2
Silver  Loose Cannon Brewery   Reunion Tripel  8.5
Bronze  Blue Monkey Brewery   Guerrilla Chocolate Amaretto  4.9

Cask British Dark Beers (up to 4.4%)

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Littleover Brewery  The Panther Stout 4.2
Silver  Navigation Brewery  Eclipse Stout 4.1
Bronze  Shipstones Beer Company  Nut Brown 4

Cask British Dark Beers (4.5 to 6.4%)

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Dancing Duck Brewery  Dark Drake 4.5
Silver  Loose Cannon Brewery  Robust British Porter 5
Bronze  Weal Ales Brewery  Centwealial Milk Stout 4.9

Cask British Bitters (up to 4.4%)

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Rebellion Beer Co. Ltd   Overthrow  4.3
Silver  Brampton Brewery   Brampton Best  4.2
Bronze  Dancing Duck Brewery  22 4.3

Cask Premium Bitters (4.5 to 6.4%) 

Sponsored by Charles Faram & Co Ltd

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Towcester Mill Brewery   Steam Ale  4.5
Silver  Brampton Brewery   Wasp Nest  5
Bronze  The Chiltern Brewery    Three Hundreds Old Ale   4.9

Cask Session IPA (up to 4.3%)

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Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Dancing Duck Brewery  DCUK 4.3
Silver  Charnwood Brewery  Blue Fox 4.2
Bronze  Brampton Brewery  Terminus 4.2

Cask Premium PAs (4.4 to 5.4%)

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Navigation Brewery   American  5.2
Silver  Blue Monkey Brewery   Infinity IPA  4.6
Bronze  Weal Ales Brewery   Weller Weal  4.6

Cask IPA (5.5 to 6.4%)

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Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Blue Monkey Brewery   Infinity Plus 1  5.6
Silver  Brampton Brewery   Speciale  5.8
Bronze  Derby Brewing Company   Quintessential  5.8

Cask Speciality Light Beers

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Milestone Brewery   Raspberry Wheat Beer  5.6
Silver  Hollow Stone Brewing Co.   Sorbeto – Grapefruit IPA  6
Bronze  Weal Ales Brewery   Lemon and Ginger Weal  5.5

Cask Speciality Mid to Dark Beers

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Blue Monkey Brewery  Guerrilla Chocolate Amaretto 4.9
Silver  Old Sawley Brewing Company  Plummeth The Hour 4.5
Bronze  Hollow Stone Brewing Co.  Krubera Stout 5.2

Cask Strong Beers 6.5% and over

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Loose Cannon Brewery   Reunion Tripel  8.5
Silver  Backyard Brewhouse   Bad Santa  6.8
Bronze  Grainstore Brewery   Nip  7.3