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25th October 2021

Quantock Brewery’s ‘Unclear Progression’ scoops second place at Alpha King Challenge

Dan Enticott, James Higgins and Rhys Ford from Quantock Brewery celebrate ‘Unclear Progression’ coming second in the Alpha King Challenge.

Independent Somerset brewery, Quantock Brewery, is celebrating one of its new beers being judged second in the prestigious Alpha King Challenge. More than 150 breweries from Europe and America entered this year’s competition. ‘Unclear Progression’ is one of the latest NEIPA recipes from the brew crew based in Bishop’s Lydeard.

Founded by Yakima Chief Hops and 3 Floyds Brewing since 1999 the Alpha King Challenge has crowned the most well-balanced and drinkable beers with 60 International Bitterness Units (IBUs) or more — the top IPAs and DIPAs on the market.

Cheryl Ford, Managing Director of Quantock Brewery comments, “With our Tap Room reopening, street food evenings and our popular music events back every month, it feels like another step closer to being able to showcase the beer we love to make. We’ve been creating new recipes as part of brewing beers that appeal to all palates. To all our customers, many who are now supporting us from around the UK, thank you for your continued support.”

The Alpha King Challenge is limited to commercial brewers and is judged by a team of brewers, industry experts and veteran beer writers.

James Higgins, Quantock Brewery’s Brewhouse Manager says, “Dan, Rhys and I were buzzing from knowing we’d made it into the top 20. Being up against some of the breweries who we are all massive fans of was an incredible achievement for us. To be judged second overall was an awesome feeling and makes all the hard work we put in as a team worthwhile. Maybe next year we’ll lift the crown!”

‘Unclear Progression’ is the 8th NEIPA release and is a hazy, juicy, aromatic beer made with Idaho 7, Mosaic, Simcoe and Talus hops. The 6.3% ABV has notes of tropical fruits, a smooth mouthfeel and hits of citrus and pineapple and is available in cans online from

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Notes to Editors

About Quantock Brewery
Quantock Brewery is a SALSA certified and SIBA accredited microbrewery. Our brewhouse is an 8-barrel size with 10 fermenters allowing us to produce 12,000 litres per week which produces 3,520 pints per brew. Currently, Quantock Brewery can produce over 300 casks or 30,000 cans per week. Recently the brewhouse has started producing kegged beer supplying over 40 key kegs a week.

Press release from Quantock Brewery