East Yorkshire brewery wins European beer awards

The team at a Wold Newton based brewery is celebrating after winning three awards at the European Beer Challenge.

Wold Top Brewery’s first lager, Landmark Lager and gluten free favourites Scarborough Fair IPA and Marmalade Porter all won gold awards at the annual European competition that is dubbed ‘the Oscars of the beer world’.

Landmark Lager won its award in the International Pilsner category; Scarborough Fair in the English IPA category and Marmalade Porter in the Robust Porter category.

Brewery manager Alex Balchin said: “It’s been a challenging year for everyone in the brewing industry and these results are welcome news and bring some pre-Christmas cheer.

“We’re one of only a few English breweries to win gold awards in this competition and this success is testament to our hard working team.”

The European Beer Challenge is judged by Europe’s most prominent beer buyers using a triple blind tasting method. The panel included senior representatives of The Ritz Hotel, Bibendum and Venus Wine & Spirit Merchants PLC who judged thousands of beers from 39 countries.

Europe is an important market for Wold Top, with exports to Italy alone accounting for 15% of annual sales in a non Covid year.