A Ribble Valley brewery is saying cheers to a double competition success.
Bowland Brewery won a silver award from the Society of Independent Brewers for its Ale of Outstanding Natural Beauty, better known as AONB. And the brewery was declared the ultimate winner at Clitheoe’s Majestic Wines Oktoberfest Battle of the Beers competition.
The team at the brewery, situated at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe, entered their AONB brew into the regional SIBA final held at Bolton Rugby Union Club. The ale is named as a tribute to the area in which it’s produced, Ale of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Entered into the Best Bitters and Pale Ale category 4%- 4.3% the beer faced stiff competition from 60 entrants from throughout the region. This is an annual event with the tasting and judging panel made up of SIBA designates, local senior brewers and other leading industry figures.
Andrew Warburton, Brewery Director and Craig Hall, Brewery General Manager sat anxiously through tasting awaiting the result. Andrew said, “This is our first competition since we bought the brewery last year so we weren’t quite sure what to expect, knew the ale was good and it has been well received by local stockists and customers but you’re never quite sure how it will perform on a regional stage. We are absolutely delighted by the outcome and hope this is just the start of what’s to come.”
The brewery also excelled when put to the test against several other breweries at Majestic Wines’ contest. The Battle of the Beers was hotly fought with customers sampling the beers. Bowland Brewery’s two ales, Pheasant Plucker and Hen Harrier, which helped the brewery claim the top prize.