, the innovative real-ale brewery based in Peterborough is celebrating. The Brewery has been awarded, three golds, one silver and two bronze medals in this year’s International Beer Challenge 2013. This year’s challenge was the 17th annual event and saw a record number of entries from 33 countries.
The Brewery was awarded gold medals for both its Citra
and Bishops Farewell
ales and their Cambridgeshire Golden Ale, which Oakham brew for M&S also received a gold award. Added to these accolades, M&S received a silver medal for its Citra IPA (also brewed by Oakham) and Oakham’s Inferno
and Scarlet Macaw
ales, both won a bronze medal.
, Managing Director, Oakham Ales
says: “In light of such tough competition both here in the UK and internationally – it’s praise indeed for the team at Oakham Ales to walk away with so many medals.”
Judges include some of the shrewdest beer judges in the land – retailers, importers, publicans, brewers, writers and flavour analysts, plus several highly experienced judges from continental Europe to make sure the judging panel has a wide spread of tasting experience.
Jeff Evans, chairman of the judges and former editor of the Good Beer Guide, said: “I’ve been chairman of the judges for 11 years and this was by far the strongest judging panel we’ve ever put together – indicative of the esteem in which the competition is held…...”
“A medal of any colour from the International Beer Challenge is cause for celebration. Those that claimed golds are, therefore, in the judges’ opinion, exceptional beers that really deserve to be sought out.”
Oakham’s gold medal winners will now go forward to a London gala ceremony to be held in September 2013, where the Supreme Champion will be chosen from nine different categories.