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12th April 2018

East Yorkshire brewery wins two awards at London Beer Competition

The team at a brewery in Wold Newton, east Yorkshire, is celebrating after winning two prestigious awards for its continental style blonde beer.

Wold Gold, 4.8% ABV, was awarded both Best in Show (by Country) and a silver medal at the London Beer Competition recently.

Judged by industry professionals including Ros Shiel, Secretary of the British Guild of Beer Writers; Mitch Adams, Beer & Spirits Buyer, Borough Wines, London and Anna Aitken, Buyer and Beer Sommelier at, the competition recognises top quality beer, that offer both the trade and the consumer great value for money and stands out on the shelf or on the bar.

According to CEO Sid Patel of event organiser Beverage Trade Network: “At all the other major competitions, beers are judged solely on the quality of what’s in the bottle. We wanted to take a different approach, by asking our judges to look at beers the way beer drinkers do, adding appearance and value for money into the mix.”

Beers were judged on the basis of three primary criteria – quality, value and packaging – and then scored on a 100-point scale. Beers that scored 90+ points were awarded Gold medals, while beers that scored 76 to 89 points were awarded Silver medals.

Wold Top’s Brewery Manager, Alex Balchin is pleased with the awards: “We’re delighted that a beer that was first brewed 14 years ago has withstood the test of time to win two awards at this new global beer competition.”

Wold Gold is brewed using Yorkshire Wolds grown barley, Wheat and Cara malt hopped with Goldings and Styrian hops that impart a fruity flavour with a hint of spice. It is available from independent retailers and selected multiple retailers nationwide.

The London Beer Competition is organised by the Beverage Trade Network, the US drinks events, services, business and publishing group dedicated to helping drinks producers and brand owners get closer to the buyers, distributors and retailers that can bring their products to market.



Photo: Wold Gold Wold Gold wins silver at London Beer Comp


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Notes to editors

  1. For more information about Wold Top Brewery, please visit You can also find Wold Top Brewery on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and you can keep up to date with the brewery’s latest news here.
  2. Wold Top Brewerywas born in 2003 when the Mellor family diversified from farming into beer brewing using the malting barley they produce and the farm’s own supply of water.
  3. Twenty-one varieties of beer make up Wold Top Brewery’s award-winning range including Wold Top Beer, Headland Red, Anglers Reward plus Wold Top Against the Grain, Marmalade Porter and Scarborough Fair gluten-free beers. More information on the range of bottled beers can be found at
  4. For more information about the London Beer Competition, please visit