Local beers with a silver lining

The team at York Brewery are celebrating after two of their beers were awarded silver accolades at recent national and international competitions.

York Blonde achieved its silver medal at the SIBA National Beer Competition, whilst Otherside scooped a silver at the International Brewing Awards.

With its fruity, creamy and famously refreshing flavour, York Blonde (3.9%) already boasts a gold and bronze awarded at a regional level but was further recognized for its excellence at Beer X in Sheffield where it was judged alongside the gold medal winners from each of the other 7 regions.

Continuing their award winning streak, the team at York Brewery were already over the moon to learn their creation Otherside IPA had won another medal – this time on a global level at the International Brewing Awards.

Already the proud recipient of a regional SIBA Gold award, Otherside is fast becoming a firm favourite in the core range at the brewery after being introduced in 2015 to complement the existing selection that is available year-round.

The Antipodean IPA delivers 4.5% and has been described as having a complex, almost ethereal fruity character. Showcasing specially selected hops sourced solely from New Zealand, the flavour profile is one of tropical fruits set against a background of citrus and pine. As with all York Brewery beers, it is hand crafted and made using traditional methods.

Nick Webster Head Brewer said, “I love seeing people enjoy drinking our beer, and that’s our prime focus when dreaming up new recipes. With Blonde, we tried to focus on bringing through the subtler fruit aspects of the Citra hop which are often lost in a massive citrus punch. Otherside was a bit more of a gamble. We’d been working with New Zealand grown hops for a while and wanted to see how they fared in an IPA style beer. To be awarded such high-level praise for both these beers feels great and the team are bouncing.”

“The International Brewing Awards are referred to within the industry, as ‘the Oscars of the brewing world’, and with just shy of 1000 beers, representing 187 breweries and around 50 countries, entered for judging by an expert panel you can easily see why.”

The team are already in possession of their SIBA certificate, but will be presented with their International Brewing Award at a ceremony at London’s Guildhall on Wednesday 26th April as part of the competitions awards dinner.