Salopian Brewery of Shrewsbury Wins Award

For 17 years the International Beer Challenge has rewarded and promoted excellent beers. The whole rainbow of beer complexity enters the IBC, with entries received from no fewer than 30 countries, including acknowledged brewing heartlands and representations from advancing beer countries.
Judges include some of the shrewdest beer judges in the land – retailers, importers, publicans, brewers, writers and flavour analysts. Add in some highly experienced judges from continental Europe to make sure we have an even better spread of tasting experience.
At a glittering gala in Mayfair the category winners were announced and Salopian Oracle was chosen as the Best Ale up to 5%. Oracle was one of only three beers brewed in Great Britain to collect a category winner’s medal. 

Salopian Brewery MD Wilf Nelson was thrilled with the award and stated “for one of our bottled beers to come out on top at such as prestigious event, it’s testament that the time and dedication spent in product innovation & research has been worthwhile.”

Jeff Evans the Chairman of the judging panel said that 'To claim a medal of any colour in the International Beer Challenge is by no means easy, as our judges – international beer experts – are very hard to please. To win a gold medal, therefore, takes something special. To then go on and claim a trophy, which is awarded after all the gold medal beers have been re-tasted side by side, is clearly an outstanding achievement. Oracle is a very worthy winner.'

This is the second national award received for Oracle this year with it also collecting the SIBA National Bottled Golden of the Year. Since its creation Oracle has won a string of national and international awards and it is one of Salopian Brewery core range of beers. A golden 4% ale with a pronounced hoppy taste, it is available in cask and bottle.

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