Loch Lomond Brewery have swept the board at the SIBA Scotland Independent Beer Awards, taking home overall Gold in both the cask and small pack (bottle and can) competitions – the first time ever in the competition’s history.
The prestigious awards, run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) prior to the “C>SK : 17” beer festival, held at the Drygate Brewery and Taproom in Glasgow, are judged by brewers and beer experts and seen very much as the ‘brewers choice’ awards in the industry.
Loch Lomond Brewery’s Outlander took home the overall Gold in the cask competition and their Silkie Stout was named overall small pack (bottle and can) winner, but the prizes didn’t stop there, with Loch Lomond winning a total of 10 awards across the competition including 7 Golds.
Commenting on the competition was SIBA Competitions Committee Chair Guy Sheppard, who presented the awards,
“Scottish beer continues to go from strength to strength and these awards really were a representation of the very best independent craft beers the country has to offer – the standard was especially high. Massive congratulations to all of the winners and particularly Loch Lomond Brewery who should be very proud of being named the best of the best at these prestigious awards – it’s the first time ever a Scottish brewer has taken home Overall Gold in both categories. All the winning beers will now be served at the C>SK beer festival from tomorrow – giving beer lovers the first chance to try the best beers in Scotland”
Collecting the award was Fiona MacEachern of Loch Lomond who had this to say on their win,
“This means the absolute world to us, this rewards everything we do and we couldn’t be more proud to win not only with one of long-running beers, Silkie Stout, but also a brand-new one too with Outlander.”
Their winning cask beer Outlander is a 6.5% Scotch Ale described by the brewer as having ‘deeply rich and slightly sweet malt flavours’, whereas their Silkie Stout, the winner in the bottle and can competition is a 5% ‘traditional stout, with a full bodied mouthfeel and smooth, balanced finish’.
“C>SK : 17” beer festival held at the Drygate Brewery and Taproom in Glasgow features over a hundred different independent craft beers as well as DJs and live music across two sessions.
The beer festival comprises of three sessions: 5pm until midnight Friday 8th September, 12 noon until midnight Saturday 9th, and 12 midday until 5pm Sunday 10th. Tickets are available for £6 on the door or £5 in advance via the Drygate website: https://www.drygate.
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George Wotherspoon, Loch Lomond
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Full Winners List
Overall Champion of the Cask Competition
Cask Standard Mild Ales & Brown Ales
Cask Standard Bitters & Pale Ales
Cask Best Bitters & Pale Ales
Premium Bitters & Pale Ales
Cask Strong Bitters & Pale Ales
Cask Premium Strong Beers
Cask Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds & Strong Brown Ales
Cask Speciality Light Beers
Cask Speciality Mid to Dark Beers