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Ossett Brewery walked away with a record FIVE awards at the largest ever Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) beer competition and festival last week. The competition, the largest ever for the SIBA Northern region, was held at the Palace Hotel, Manchester and saw over 400 beers entered into the daylong event in which 100 judges narrowed the winners down across 3 rounds.

Awards included the overall best bottled beer for Treacle Stout, which actually has black treacle as one of the ingredients, and Gold for their new bottled Yorkshire Blonde Premium.

Paul Spencer, Head Brewer, said: “We were delighted with the amount of wins, especially the success of our Bottled Beers, Treacle Stout and Yorkshire Blonde Premium. We only started brewing Yorkshire Blonde Premium, a stronger version of our permanently available Yorkshire Blonde, in August this year so to have such a prestigious win so early on is fantastic.’

The overall winners of each category will enter through to the SIBA national finals to be held early next year.

Mike Inman, Co-Director of Ossett Brewery, said: “To have Treacle Stout going through to the national finals as best bottled beer is testament to the quality of our beers and the overall amount of wins we had on the day is real recognition of all our hard work.”

It’s not the first time Ossett Brewery’s beers have gone through to the national finals. In 2001 their famous Silver King won National Speciality Beer and more recently Excelsior, their strongest beer at 5.2% ABV, won the prestigious National Supreme Champion (2003) and Stong Ale Champion (2006).

Stouts and Porters – Treacle Stout (Gold) Milds – Fernandes Malt-Shovel Mild (Silver)
Gold Beers – Yorkshire Blonde Premium (Gold) Strong Bitters – Excelsior (Silver)
Overall Best Bottled Beer – Treacle Stout (Gold)

Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA): Northern Region Competition 2010
SIBA North - Largest SIBA region in terms of amount of brewers
282 cask beers were judged, 8 Cask categories
120 Bottled Beers judged, 5 Bottled Beer categories
3 rounds then overall judge off.