Porter carries East Yorkshire brewery all the way to industry finals

 A Wold Newton based brewery are celebrating after winning an international prize in the industry’s top awards.

Wold Top Brewery’s Marmalade Porter took the accolade for the United Kingdom’s best Porter at this year’s World Beer Awards.

A panel of renowned international judges decided the best beers in each of the 72 styles of the beer awards which saw over 1,900 beers entered from 36 countries worldwide. All of the entries were blind tasted and scored over two rounds.

Marmalade Porter, with an ABV of 5.0 per cent, is a complex and rich dark brew with a sweet malty base and is described as having overtones of bitter orange and hints of coffee and chocolate.

The East Yorkshire based family run firm who now produce some twenty-one varieties of beer, was started in 2003 when the Mellor family diversified from farming into beer brewing using the malting barley they produce and the farm’s own supply of water.

Brewery manager Alex Balchin said: “It’s wonderful to see our Yorkshire beer achieving success on such a large international platform. Being named the UK’s best porter in the World Beer Awards is really special.”

The final round of judging will determine the World’s Best Beers and will be held in London on 21 September, when 100 international brewers, industry experts and journalists will taste and vote on the World’s Best Beers 2017 across eight categories.

Within a week of the World Beer Awards, the brewery’s blonde beer, Wold Gold also won a gold award in the cask premium bitters and pale ales category of the SIBA (Society of Independent Brewers) North East Independent Beer Awards 2017 that were held in York last week.

“These latest accolades help to project our brewing expertise nationwide and is a real credit to our hard working and committed team. To win two such prestigious awards in such close succession is just amazing!” added Mr Balchin.

Earlier this year, Marmalade Porter won the gold medal in the Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds and Strong Brown Ales 4.5% to 6.4% category at the North East Regional Keg Heats of the SIBA Independent Keg Beer Awards 2017.