Arkell’s wins top award in national beer competition
Swindon brewery Arkell’s has taken a gold award in the National Beer Competition, run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA). The plaudit was announced at SIBA’s BeerX celebration of British beer, held in Sheffield last week.
The brewery’s 1843 lager was judged Champion Beer in the pale and golden lagers category, and was one of just a handful of beers to win a Gold award, from around 2,000 that entered the initial regional heats of the competition.
The 300 finalist beers were judged by a panel of industry experts and beer enthusiasts in Sheffield.
Arkell’s head brewer, Alex Arkell, said: “To receive a top Award in this competition, judged against some of the finest brewers in the country, is the ultimate endorsement of the quality of our beer. We are delighted to be leaving Sheffield with a trophy.”
SIBA chief executive Julian Grocock, said: “The number of smaller brewers has grown rapidly over recent years, meaning there are ever more brewers competing for the top prizes.
“To progress to the national finals is impressive in itself, and to then come through to win one a Gold award is a real achievement. Our hearty congratulations go to Arkell’s.”