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26th September 2023

Grain Brewery’s ‘Slate’ Porter named best independent craft beer in East of England

Grain Brewery have taken home the overall Gold at the SIBA East Independent Beer Awards 2023, beating brewers from across the East of England, stretching from North Lincolnshire down to Essex and Hertfordshire, as well Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.

It was Grain’s ‘Slate’ – a traditional dark Porter beer with a subtle sweet smokiness and a dry finish which impressed the expert judges and was named the Overall Champion of the Cask. All of the category winners from the awards will now go on to battle it out at the National finals in Liverpool next year.

The prestigious awards, run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), and held at Elgood’s Brewery in Wisbech prior to their beer festival, are judged by brewers and beer experts and seen very much as the brewers’ choice awards in the industry.

Paul Grainger of Grain Brewery accepted the award and had this to say on their win, “All the brewers do a fantastic job and what a great day to be here, really proud to represent Grain at the SIBA Independent Beer Awards. Slate’s a great porter, one of our most popular beers particularly with fans of darker beers. It’s available all year round in cask and keg and is one of our top sellers, looking forward to seeing how it performs in Liverpool next year at the National finals!”

Presenting the award on behalf of the SIBA Competitions Team was Buster Grant,

“The Elgood’s beer festival is one of the best in the East and the quality of beers on display at the awards was truly superb. Huge congratulations to Grain brewery for taking home the overall champion cask beer, and to all of the other winners across the categories in what was a very hard-fought competition.”

The competition took place immediately before the opening of the Elgood’s Brewery Beer Festival 2023, taking place at Elgood’s Brewery in Wisbech, which continued over the weekend. The festival features over 150 beers from Independent Craft Breweries and gives beer-lovers the chance to be the first to try the regions newly award-winning beers.


Full winners list: Click here

Photos of the judging and awards presentation: Click here

Photo caption (image below of Overall Champion):

“Andy Cox of Rankin Bros & Sons (L) and Buster Grant of SIBA (R) present Grain Brewery’s Paul Grainger with the Overall Champion Gold award”

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