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17th September 2021

Golden Recognition for Excellence for The Orkney Brewery

The Orkney Brewery in Quoyloo, has received yet another Golden Award, this time for its dedication to delivering excellence and their impact on brewing in the UK.

The award received this week, was a national recognition, by members of CAMRA, who were asked to nominate brewers, who were still brewing great beer for drinkers today.

CAMRA awards director Gary Timmins “Winners have been chosen for their success in standing the test of time. They are breweries or cider and perry producers that have gone above and beyond in delivering excellence or innovation over the years”

The Orkney Brewery, was the only brewery in Scotland to receive such an accolade and one of only 18 nationally. They originally started brewing on Orkney in 1988, in an old schoolhouse building at Quoyloo. The brewery has been consistently recognised nationally and internationally, for the quality of its brewing and range of beer.

Orkney Brewery’s managing Director, Norman Sinclair, an Orcadian, whose father attended the same schoolhouse, said, “To be named as the only Scottish brewery, alongside some iconic and big brewers is quite some recognition. I believe this upholds our reputation for brewing beers of great quality and flavour. For me and our team, it is just brilliant news, and we hope also for our customers and consumers, as we start to enjoy some more of life’s freedoms after a difficult period.

The award comes as the brewery celebrates another milestone. Normans’ son, Arran, has headed to Edinburgh, to begin studying, at the world-renowned centre of excellence for Brewing and Distilling, at Heriot Watt University.

Cask brewing for The Orkney Brewery has again started in Spring this year, as pubs in Scotland started opening back up post lockdown. Demand has seen Orkney’s cask beer range now grow up to 8 beers, including Raven, the first beer the brewery launched, the iconic Dark Island and new beers Island Life and Cliff Edge IPA.


Press release from Orkney Brewery

For further information, contact:

Norman Sinclair, managing director, Sinclair Breweries Ltd on behalf of Orkney Brewery

Tel: 01667 404 555