Shrewsbury brewer wins top Award in national beer competition

Salopian Brewery in Shrewsbury has taken a total of six awards in the National Beer Competition run by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), to which the local brewer belongs. The brewer’s triumph was announced at SIBA’s BeerX celebration of British beer, held in Sheffield earlier this month. The six awards collected was the largest haul by any brewery and the next closest was two awards.

The brewery’s bottled golden ale Oracle was judged Champion Beer in the Bottled Golden Beer Category 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. The beer then went on to come second overall in grand final for SIBA Champion Bottled Beer of Britain. It’s the second year running that Oracle has been judged as the Champion Beer in the Bottled Golden Beer Category.

Silver awards were also collected for Lemon Dream, Golden Thread and Automaton in their respective cask ale categories. The final award received was for Lemon Dream in the keg specialty class.

Wilf Nelson said, “To receive a top Award in this competition for Oracle, 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. The fact that the brewery received so many awards for different beers, illustrates the consistency

and quality of the beers we brew in Shrewsbury.

“Thanks go to everyone at the brewery who has helped us to brew these award-winning beers, to the loyal customers locally who have sold them and the many people who have enjoyed drinking it.  We promise to continue brewing great beers for many more years and look forward to introducing them to our current fans and new drinkers.”

The awards came just after Salopian Brewery announced exciting plans to relocate to Hadnall and to install a new state of the art brewery to cope with the growing demand for breweries beers.
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 Salopian Brewery.

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