Yorkshire micro brewery wins ultimate national taste award

The team at a Yorkshire coast microbrewery is celebrating after winning a coveted Three Gold Stars at the prestigious Great Taste 2013 awards.

Bridlington based Wold Top Brewery’s blonde beer Wold Gold was one of only three beers nationwide to win the ultimate three star accolade in the world’s largest and most rigorous food awards scheme that involved over 400 judges and thousands of hours of blind tasting.

Wold Gold was one of only 125 products out of almost 10,000 entered to be awarded 3-stars. All of the 3-star products were re-judged by a panel including Masterchef judge and restaurant critic Charles Champion, food buyers from Harrods, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Food Markets and Michelin Star chef Russell Brown.

Kate Balchin, the micro-brewery’s Export and Accounts Manager took the call that declared Wold Top Brewery a winner and said; “We are so proud to win the coveted 3-star rating – we’re probably the smallest of the three breweries to win 3-stars. It’s a true reflection on how well our small, close knit team work together and a real credit to the brewing team.

“We’re looking forward to printing new neck labels for Wold Gold so that we can display our award with pride.”

Organised by the Guild of Fine Food, Great Taste is the largest and most trusted accreditation scheme for speciality and fine food & drink. Established in 1994, it encourages and mentors artisan food producers, offering a unique benchmarking and product evaluation service leading to an independent accreditation that enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands. In total more than 12 judges will have tasted and commented on each product.

Farm based Wold Top Brewery brews traditional real ale from home and Wolds grown malting barley, the finest hops and pure, chalk-filtered Wolds water. Its range of award winning ales is available through the website www.woldtopbrewery.co.uk, independent, family owned retailers, farm shops, delis, hotels, pubs and off licences nationwide.