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2017 has started with yet more awards for the Yorkshire-based brewery, including a prestigious International Brewing Award.
The first seasonal beer of the year, Dinner Ale scooped top prize in its class at the brewery’s local CAMRA festival in Bradford in February. CAMRA representative Richard Holden said the beer won by “a long chalk” in congratulating the brewing team.
Global success followed hot on the heels of this news, with the announcement of a Silver Medal in the famed International Brewing Awards. Every two years, the world’s top beer judges, all technical brewers themselves, convene in Burton to decide on the best beers in the world. Attracting 938 entries from 50 countries, this year the competition was fierce. Years of American dominance were tempered by success from the UK, Australia and New Zealand this year, with neighbouring Yorkshire breweries Roosters and Saltaire also scooping awards.
Luke Raven, Ilkley Brewery’s co-owner, said this of the award;
“Recognition with this is award is particularly special. The category covered a number of styles that ranged from 4.5% to 6.9%, and so would have included all of the big-hitting IPAs from around the world. For our little Session IPA at 4.5% to win Silver shows just how much flavour we’ve managed to get into this beer. I’m extremely proud of the brewing team.”
Recognition has also come by way of SIBA, the UK Society of Independent Brewers, where Holy Cow, our Coffee Milk Stout was a finalist in the Specialty section of the National Independent Beer Awards held in Sheffield as part of BeerAlive. There was a record-breaking number of entries this year, over 400 from across the UK.
Brewer Adam Scroggins had this to say of the recent success;
“There is so much great beer in the UK, it’s so exciting to be brewing here right now. The awards are a team effort though, as so much hard work goes into honing our craft. We think our beers are tasting better than ever, and it’s great to see that brewing judges and drinkers agree!”