Entries from around the globe received for International Brewing Awards and Cider Awards

Photo of IBA champions group april 2013

Championship winners from the 2013 competition with chair of judges Bill Taylor (middle row, right)

The International Brewing Awards and International Cider Awards are living up to their name, with entries to the 2015 competition already received from brewers and cider makers on all five continents in the month since registration opened.

Awards organisers Brewing Technology Services (BTS) are confident of exceeding the level of entries received to the last competition, held in 2013, when medals and trophies were presented to winning brewers and cider makers from 25 countries.

BTS director Ruth Evans said, “Once again, we are witnessing the international appeal of our awards, which attract one of the most globally diverse set of entrants of any international brewing competition.

“We’re especially pleased to see entries coming in from brewers who haven’t participated before, and from several countries which don’t have a long tradition of brewing. The fact that both new and established brewers and cider makers want to benchmark the quality of their products in our competition speaks volumes for its reputation globally and particularly the integrity of our judging process.”

The International Brewing Awards and International Cider Awards are unique in requiring that all judges are commercially active brewers or cider makers.  A panel of around 40 judges is currently being recruited to assess the entrant beers and ciders in Burton-upon-Trent next February.

The cider awards have been expanded for 2015. Included in the 2013 event for the first time in many decades, the cider competition attracted a healthy response from cider makers, prompting the organisers to make it a standalone event. Next year, judges will make awards in 10 cider categories, with one overall cider Championship winner, as well as the nine Championships in the brewing competition.

 

 

Evans added, “We’re pleased with the level of entries coming in from cider makers, particularly from outside the UK. We learned a lot about cider judging from our expert judges in 2013 and, with the additional categories introduced for next year, we’re confident that the International Cider Awards will become one of the leading platforms for cider makers around the world.”

Entries to the International Beer Awards and International Cider Awards 2015 close on 31 December. The entry fee for 2015 is £160 (+VAT at UK rate) per beer or cider, with no duty payable on entries due to duty suspension.

INTERNATIONAL BREWING AWARDS AND INTERNATIONAL CIDER AWARDS 2015

KEY DATES

31 December 2014:     entries close

30 January 2015:        deadline for beers and ciders to arrive in Burton-upon-Trent

10-12 February 2015: competition judging

12 February 2015:      medal winners announced

29 April 2015:              Championship Beer & Ciders announced, Guildhall, London

To enter and for more information, visit www.brewingawards.org

 

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SIBA reaches out to MEPs at Brussels reception

Photo of Mike Benner, SIBA managing director, with Ashley Fox, MEP for the South West of England

Mike Benner, SIBA managing director, with Ashley Fox, MEP for the South West of England

SIBA extended its influence among parliamentarians in Europe earlier this month when managing direct Mike Benner joined a reception in Brussels organised by the British Pub and Beer Group in the European Parliament.

The event was designed to relaunch the group following the European elections earlier this year and ensure that newly-elected MEPs in particular are fully aware of the contribution made by breweries and pubs to the UK economy. Following the visit, several MEPs joined the Pub & Beer Group, meaning that more than half of the UK’s 73 MEPs are now members.

Mike said, “Europe has a significant and growing influence on many aspects of alcohol policy including taxation, labelling and promotion, so we need to make friends in Brussels as much as in London.

“The MEPs I spoke to were genuinely interested in finding out about Britain’s independent brewers and several are now planning to visit a SIBA member in their constituency, so the visit has been helpful in building positive relationships with this influential audience.”

In Brussels, Mike was representing British beer and brewing alongside Christine Thompson of SABMiller and Christine Cryne of CAMRA.

The British Pub and Beer Group aims to “promote British beer and pubs within the European Parliament and celebrate the benefits they bring to communities across the UK.” It is a sister organisation to the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, which is one of the most largest industry groups in Westminster, with around 400 members.

 

 

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SIBA North West Beer Competition 2014 – Winners Announcement

SIBA North West Region Beer Competition 2014

DATE   OF JUDGING & ANNOUNCEMENT      15th October 2014

Overall Champion of the Competition

Sponsored by Napthens

  Brewery Product ABV
Gold Brewsmith Beer Brewsmith Bitter 3.9
Silver Woodlands Brewing Company Midnight Stout 4.4
Bronze Frederic Robinson Limited Old Tom Strong Ale 8.5

 

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The Return of Ben Truman

1st anniversary of Truman’s return to East London brewing

Truman’s has celebrated the first anniversary of its return to brewing in London with a special edition of one of its most illustrious beers.

Ben Truman 1883 Export Pale Ale is based on a recipe from the Victorian era and uses 8 different hops – from Britain, Bavaria, Bohemia and the US – to create a stunning 6.0% Pale Ale with real depth of flavour. It is now available in cask across selected London pubs and in bottle via the Truman’s website and specialist retailers.

James Morgan, Managing Director, commented:

“We really wanted to mark the first anniversary of Truman’s return to East London brewing with something special – and Ben Truman Export is just that. Everyone has been asking us when we were going to brew “Ben” once again and, as ever, we’ve blended tradition and modernity in one great beer.”

“The last 12 months have been fantastic for us. The support we’ve had from both publicans and the public has been overwhelming – we’ve sold more beer to more pubs than we could have ever imagined. We’re getting close to capacity just one year after opening the Eyrie, our new brewery in Hackney Wick. The next 12 months sees a substantial new investment in our equipment, enabling us to meet demand for Truman’s beers in 2015 and beyond.”

Ben Truman 1883 Export Pale Ale – 6.0% ABV

Brewed to celebrate the first anniversary of Truman’s return to London, this is a “re-imagination” of one of Truman’s best-loved beers. Based on a recipe from 1883, we used 8 different hops (from Britain, Bavaria, Bohemia and the US) and finished with a punchy dry-hop.

To make the beer extra special we invited Derek Prentice, one of the UK’s most respected brewers, to help us brew it. Derek brewed Ben Truman when he worked at the original Truman’s brewery in Brick Lane: “I have this enormously fond memory of when I joined of bringing down what we used to call the PA1. That was the Ben Truman Pale Ale and that was the beer that we would all drink as brewers.”

The beer was designed by Derek and our Head Brewer Benedikt Ott. Using an old 1880s Truman’s recipe as their source material, the pair designed a 6% Pale Ale brewed with a mixture of their favourite hops from the four countries specified in the original recipe. The beer has a strong, complex hop presence, balanced out by a malt base of Maris Otter Pale Ale and Munich Malt.

 

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Castle Rock launches new ale and image at the Castle

Castle Rock Brewery has unveiled the first addition to its permanent real ale range in five years.  Called Red Riding Hood, and described as red-blooded ale, the ale was among those served at hand pumps carrying the company’s new livery which also made a first appearance at the Nottingham CAMRA Robin Hood Beer festival held on Nottingham Castle Green.

Managing director, Colin Wilde, says it was time to evolve the company’s image.  “I believe the new branding is strong, vibrant and contemporary while retaining nods to our heritage.

“Hundreds of breweries have opened since we last tweaked our brand image back in 2008 and during that time we’ve served millions more pints; these changes are part of our message that we’re here and as prolific and innovative as ever.”

The new Red Riding Hood ale is brewed using dark crystal malt, with American El Dorado and New Zealand Kohatu hops.  Colin says: “Its inspiration comes from the popular beer style emerging in the USA, and thanks to our head brewer, Adrian Redgrove, I’m sure it’ll become popular with its robust malty body, balanced bitterness and a fruity aroma of apricot and peaches.”

Red Riding Hood began life as Lincoln Red, a supposed one-off brewed as part of Castle Rock’s monthly ‘Natural Selection’ series to support the work of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.  It will join the ever popular Harvest Pale and Elsie Mo as permanently available beers.

The Sheriff's lady Sandra Littlewood, the Sheriff of Nottingham Councillor Jackie Morris, and Robin Hood (Tim Pollard) join in a toast to Red Riding Hood

 

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Westerham Brewery Shortlisted fo FreeFrom Eating Out Awards 2014

The shortlist for the very first FreeFrom Eating Out Awards, is now out. Says awards director, Michelle Berriedale-Johnson:

‘We are really delighted with the range of eateries and companies who have entered the awards – and excited by the enthusiasm and expertise in ‘freefrom’ shown by many of them. Complying with the new allergen regulations will be a tough ask for many establishments but the shortlist shows just how  many of them are already going about it with a will.’

The shortlist includes nationwide chains – such as Pizza Express and Costa Coffee – tiny cafés in Camden Lock, B&B’s in the Lake district and university colleges –  while the ‘freefrom products manufactured for food service’ range from breakfast cereals to Bakewell tarts and gluten-free beer from Westerham Brewery.

A range of bottled beers is available from Westerham Brewery, which have been certified gluten-free. These can be purchased online for delivery nationwide, and from selected outlets in the Southeast and London. Contact the brewery for details on 01732 864427 or go to www.westerhambrewery.co.uk.

Says Wan Mak, head of Nutrition and Dietetics for headline awards sponsors, Sodexo:

‘We are very pleased to see such a wide range of entrants for these awards. It is so important that food service is able to implement the new regulations which can help to inform the growing number of people who have to live with dietary restrictions. We are confident that the awards will help to raise awareness and improve compliance in this area.’

The FreeFrom Eating Out Awards were launched in advance of the new allergen declaration regulations coming into force in December this year. They are designed to encourage allergen awareness and to celebrate excellence in the provisions of gluten-free, dairy-free and low-allergen food in the food service sector.

Winners and presentations

The winners will be announced at a presentation party at 4.30pm on the 18th November, the first day of the Food Matters Live event at Excel in London’s Docklands.

The presentations will be made by awards patron, celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson.

 

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Next steps into a successful future. John Willetts new Sales and Marketing Director

Botanix and Simply Hops, two successful companies of the Barth-Haas Group, are pleased to announce that John Willetts joined Botanix in October 2014 as Sales and Marketing Director. He has spent the last 9 years with Univar, a large global chemical company, in various roles culminating in running their European colour division for the last three years. “Moving to the hop industry is an extremely exciting challenge for me as it is clear what huge potential this business has and what enthusiasm there is in the Barth Haas Group to create success.” (Willetts)

Botanix Ltd, with a facility in Paddock Wood, United Kingdom is the centre of excellence in the Barth-Haas Group for Hop Oils and Hop Aroma Products. Botanix also manufactures the full range of downstream products on behalf of the group. Additionally Simply Hops Ltd allows Joh. Barth & Sohn to respond to the specific needs of smaller breweries and to supply them with high-quality hop products. Both companies are part of the Barth-Haas Group, the world’s biggest provider of hop related services.

By mutual agreement, John Moss left Botanix in the middle of October, 2014, to pursue other interests. He has been CEO of Botanix for seven years, and in that time has made a significant contribution to the success of the company. The members of the Barth family thanked John Moss and recorded their appreciation of his achievements.

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Entries from around the globe received for International Brewing Awards and Cider Awards

The International Brewing Awards and International Cider Awards are living up to their name, with entries to the 2015 competition already received from brewers and cider makers on all five continents in the month since registration opened.
Awards organisers Brewing Technology Services (BTS) are confident of exceeding the level of entries received to the last competition, held in 2013, when medals and trophies were presented to winning brewers and cider makers from 25 countries.
BTS director Ruth Evans said, “Once again, we are witnessing the international appeal of our awards, which attract one of the most globally diverse set of entrants of any international brewing competition.
“We’re especially pleased to see entries coming in from brewers who haven’t participated before, and from several countries which don’t have a long tradition of brewing. The fact that both new and established brewers and cider makers want to benchmark the quality of their products in our competition speaks volumes for its reputation globally and particularly the integrity of our judging process.”
The International Brewing Awards and International Cider Awards are unique in requiring that all judges are commercially active brewers or cider makers. A panel of around 40 judges is currently being recruited to assess the entrant beers and ciders in Burton-upon-Trent next February.
The cider awards have been expanded for 2015. Included in the 2013 event for the first time in many decades, the cider competition attracted a healthy response from cider makers, prompting the organisers to make it a standalone event. Next year, judges will make awards in 10 cider categories, with one overall cider Championship winner, as well as the nine Championships in the brewing competition.

Evans added, “We’re pleased with the level of entries coming in from cider makers, particularly from outside the UK. We learned a lot about cider judging from our expert judges in 2013 and, with the additional categories introduced for next year, we’re confident that the International Cider Awards will become one of the leading platforms for cider makers around the world.”
Entries to the International Beer Awards and International Cider Awards 2015 close on 31 December. The entry fee for 2015 is £160 (+VAT at UK rate) per beer or cider, with no duty payable on entries due to duty suspension.
INTERNATIONAL BREWING AWARDS AND INTERNATIONAL CIDER AWARDS 2015
KEY DATES
31 December 2014: entries close
30 January 2015: deadline for beers and ciders to arrive in Burton-upon-Trent
10-12 February 2015: competition judging
12 February 2015: medal winners announced
29 April 2015: Championship Beer & Ciders announced, Guildhall, London
To enter and for more information, visit www.brewingawards.org

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Bath Ales has the spirit for success

West Country brewer Bath Ales has just unveiled an exciting new addition to its Sulis Collection – Gem Aqua Vitae.
A limited edition English Single Malt Spirit, the new product offers something truly unique as the producer continues to push boundaries and challenge customers’ expectations.
Gem Aqua Vitae is made using the finest floor malted barley using expert brewing techniques. At 42% VOL it is the strongest product that Bath Ales has ever sold.
Distilled in collaboration with The English Spirit Distillery, the spirit is made using wort – the product of the ‘mashing’ process that starts every brew.
After extracting the wort, Bath Ales then sent it to The English Spirit Distillery where it has been expertly distilled in copper pots under the watchful eye of master whisky makers.
Distilled five times, the end result is a delicious malty liquid with great depth of flavour.
Roger Jones, executive chairman at Bath Ales, said: “We launched the Sulis Collection – our range of premium whisky beers – at Christmas time last year and they were very well received. This year we wanted to take things one step further and create our first ever spirit.
“We’re very proud of the finished result as we feel this is something very special indeed. With the launch of Beerd brewery last year – our experimental craft beer brewery – and now this, we’re leading the field in innovation and aim to keep surprising and delighting our customers.”
A great aperitif or night cap, Gem Aqua Vitae is smooth and light with flavours of clove, liquorice and vanilla, an aroma of honeysuckle and silk-coated finish
The spirit is a limited edition with just over 100 bottles for sale. It is sold in 50cl bottles retailing at £39, available in the Bath Ales brewery shop.

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