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6th November 2023

Neighbourhood IPA from Dalston’s 40FT Brewery named best beer in London and the South East

An American-stye IPA from Dalston’s 40FT brewery has been voted the best cask beer in London and the South East by a panel of industry experts.

‘Neighbourhood IPA’ by 40FT won the IPA category before going on to take home the Overall Gold against all of the other style category winners in the SIBA South East Independent Beer Awards 2023, which took place at Big Penny Social in Walthamstow ahead of their beer festival which continues today and this weekend.

Organised by the Society of Independent Brewers, the other big winners in this year’s Independent Beer Awards were Windsor & Eton’s ‘Father Thames’, an Extra Special Bitter which took the overall Silver Award, and Longman Brewery’s ‘Longman Blonde’, a deliciously hoppy blonde beer that won the Overall Bronze.

The Society of Independent Brewers’ Chief Executive Andy Slee was on hand to present this year’s awards to the lucky winners: “In what was an incredibly tough competition with some superb beers across the board I’d like to say a huge well-done to all of the breweries who took home Gold at this year’s awards, and particular congratulations to 40FT Brewery who were named the ‘best of the best’ in London and the South East. I’d encourage anyone in London to make the trip to their superb taproom in Dalston and sample what is now officially the South East’s best cask IPA.” Andy Slee, SIBAS Chief Executive.

The SIBA Independent Beer Awards are judged by beer sommeliers, brewers and expert beer judges, across a diverse range of styles. Gold winners from the awards will now go forwards to the National Finals at BeerX in Liverpool, March 2024.

The awards took place at Big Penny Social in Walthamstow, London, with all of the beers from the judging now available to the public as part of this year’s Big Penny Fest. Hosted in the UK’s largest Beer Hall and featuring over 120 cask beers from the best independent breweries in the South East, keg beers from local breweries, spirits and cocktails from selected London distilleries, live music, DJs and more.

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