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29th August 2017

Porter carries East Yorkshire brewery all the way to industry finals

A Wold Newton based brewery has landed an international prize as the industry’s top awards announced country winners for 72 different styles of beer and lager.


Wold Top Brewery’s Marmalade Porter took the accolade for the United Kingdom’s best Porter as the World Beer Awards announced country winners following a day of judging in London recently.


A panel of renowned international judges decided the best beers in each of the 72 styles of the beer awards which saw over 1,900 beers entered from 36 countries worldwide. All of the entries were blind tasted and scored over two rounds.


Marmalade Porter, with an ABV of 5.0 per cent, is a complex and rich dark brew with a sweet malty base. It is described as having overtones of bitter orange and hints of coffee and chocolate.


Brewery manager Alex Balchin said: “It’s wonderful to see our Yorkshire beer achieving success on such a large international platform. Being named the UK’s best porter in the World Beer Awards is really special.”


The final round of judging will determine the World’s Best Beers and will be held in London on 21 September, when 100 international brewers, industry experts and journalists will taste and vote on the World’s Best Beers 2017 across eight categories.


Within a week of the World Beer Awards, the brewery’s blonde beer, Wold Gold also won a gold award in the cask premium bitters and pale ales category of the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) North East Independent Beer Awards 2017 that were held in York last week.


“These latest accolades help to project our brewing expertise nationwide and is a real credit to our hard working and committed team. To win two such prestigious awards in such close succession is just amazing!” concluded Mr Balchin.


Earlier this year, Marmalade Porter won the gold medal in the Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds and Strong Brown Ales 4.5% to 6.4% category at the North East Regional Keg Heats of the SIBA Independent Keg Beer Awards 2017.




Photo: Marmalade Porter Marmalade Porter


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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 Brewery was 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 and Wold Top Against the Grain gluten-free beer. More information on the range of bottled beers can be found at