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19th August 2017

Brew York and Rooster’s named best independent craft brewers in the North East 

 Brew York and Rooster’s Brewery have won the two top awards in the SIBA North East Independent Beer Awards. Their win makes it a one-two for North Yorkshire brewers in a competition entered by breweries from the whole of Yorkshire, as well as Humberside, Cleveland, Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.


The prestigious awards, run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) at the “B-Fest” Beer, Blues & Folk festival held at the Barbican Centre in York, are judged by brewers and beer experts and seen very much as the ‘brewers choice’ awards in the industry.


Brew York Brewery from York took home the overall Gold in the cask competition with their ‘Keras’ American Pale Ale, whereas Rooster’s Brewery in Knareborough was named overall small pack (bottle and can) winner for their Twenty-Four-Seven Session IPA.


Commenting on the competition was SIBA Competitions Committee Chair Guy Shepherd, who presented the awards,


“Thanks to all the judges from all around the country, a great new venue at the York Barbican. Thanks to all of the North East Regional Directors and very well done to the winners. The day went so smoothly and highlighted the high quality of beers coming out of the North East Region.” 


Brew York’s Keras is described as a ‘Classic American style session pale, which uses two old-school favourite US hops in Cascade and Chinook. Subtly dry hopped so the fresh citrus and pine notes dominate in this clean, crisp and moreish pale ale’, collecting the award was Owner and Brewer Wayne Smith who had this to say on their win,


“We’re over the moon, the beer festival is in our hometown so we only have to walk five minutes from our brewery to get here, so we hoped we would be in with a chance! Keras is our one off pale ale so to win gold overall is amazing, the cask that we sent in for the competition is our last cask that we had of it – so we might have to brew some more! It’s a classic pale ale with two American hops, Cascade and Chinook, and obviously it’s a crowd pleaser so we’re quite excited to brew it again.”


The smallpack winner, Rooster’s Twenty-Four-Seven is described as a Session IPA which combines ‘Four big-hitting hops, which come together to create a sessionable, hop-forward pale ale with the intensity of a new world IPA. Amarillo, Chinook and Simcoe from the USA work in harmony with New Zealand’s Nelson Sauvin to produce a punchbowl aroma of lemon, tangerine and gooseberry, followed by a balanced grapefruit bitterness.’, commenting on their win was Ian Fozard, Owner of Rooster’s brewery, who said


“This win is a real tribute to the brewery team and all the hard work they put in perfecting the beers. This is a beer that is growing in popularity with our customers and it’s great to see it a hit with judges too!”


The The “B-Fest” Beer, Blues & Folk Festival features 200 of the region’s best independent beers, served through 40 rotating handpulls, alongside local craft cider, street food and of course live music from top local bands. What’s more as the SIBA North East Region’s “Independent Beer Awards” are being judged immediately before the festival opened its doors, locals were the first to try the best-of-the-best beers from the competition.


The beer festival comprises of three ‘sessions’: 6pm until 11.30pm Friday 18th August, 12 noon until 5.30pm Saturday 19th August and 6.30pm until 11.30pm Saturday 19th August – tickets are available for £6 on the door or via the York Barbican website:
Full Winners List

Overall Champion of the Cask Competition



Sponsored by SPASoft Ltd

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Brew York Ltd  Keras 4.1
Silver  Revolutions Brewing Company Ltd  Swoon Chocolate Fudge Milk Stout 4.5
Bronze  Settle Brewing Company Ltd  Nine Standards No.3 Porter 4.7


Cask Standard Mild Ales & Brown Ales

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Rudgate Brewery Ltd Ruby Mild 4.4
Silver  Ilkley Brewery Ruby Jane 4
Bronze  Ainsty Ales Ltd Moloko Mild 3.9


Cask Standard Bitters & Pale Ales


Sponsored by Murphy & Son Limited

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Settle Brewing Company Ltd  Mainline Bitter 3.8
Silver  Cullercoats Brewery Ltd  Shuggy Boat Blonde 3.8
Bronze  York Brewery Ltd  Hansom Blonde 3.9


Cask Best Bitters & Pale Ales


Sponsored by Charles Faram & Co Ltd

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Brew York Ltd Keras 4.1
Silver  Ilkley Brewery Pale 4.2
Bronze  Bradfield Brewery Ltd Farmers Blonde 4


Premium Bitters & Pale Ales 


Sponsored by Muntons PLC

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Wold Top Brewery  Wold Gold 4.8
Silver  York Brewery Ltd  Otherside IPA 4.5
Bronze  Cullercoats Brewery Ltd  Dry Hop Project #23 Ernest 4.8


Cask Strong Bitters & Pale Ales


Sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Rooster’s Brewery Ltd Baby-Faced Assassin 6.1
Silver  Firebrick Brewery Wey-Aye P.A. 5.8
Bronze  Cullercoats Brewery Ltd Rocket Brigade IPA 5.5


Cask Premium Strong Beers


Sponsored by Rastal GmbH & Co KG

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Cullercoats Brewery Ltd  Fortification 7.3
Silver  Great Heck brewing Co Ltd  Black Jesus 6.5
Bronze  North Brewing Co  Transmission 6.9


Cask Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds & Strong Brown Ales

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Settle Brewing Company Ltd Nine Standards No.3 Porter 4.7
Silver  Ossett Brewery Rat Brewery Mother Rat 5.5
Bronze  Acorn Brewery old moor porter 4.4


Cask Speciality Light Beers

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Mordue Brewery  Blood Orange IPA 4.9
Silver  The Bosun’s Brewery  Razamataz 3.7
Bronze  Daleside Brewery  ThaiPA 4


Cask Speciality Mid to Dark Beers

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Revolutions Brewing Company Ltd Swoon Chocolate Fudge Milk Stout 4.5
Silver  Eyes Brewing Limited Lecker Weisse 4.7
Bronze  Sonnet 43 Brew House The Raven Bourbon Milk Stout 4.3





Champion Small Pack Beers



Sponsored by Saxon Packaging Limited

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Rooster’s Brewery Ltd  Twenty-Four Seven (24/7) 4.7
Silver  Brew York Ltd  Tonkoko 4.3
Bronze  Three Brothers Brewing Company Limited  Honeysuckle smash 4


Small Pack Standard Mild Ales & Brown Ales 

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  The Sheffield Brewery Company Brunswick Black 3.5


Small Pack Standard Bitters & Pale Ales

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Black Sheep Brewery  Velo 4.2
Silver  Pennine Brewing Co  Natural Gold 4.2
Bronze  Brass Castle Brewery  Hoptical Illusion 4.3


Small Pack Premium Bitters & Pale Ales


Sponsored by Beatson Clark Ltd

Brewery Product ABV
Gold  Rooster’s Brewery Ltd

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