The national awards programme for Scottish brewing has revealed the names of the best beers brewed in Scotland this year as part of its annual competition.
The 6th annual Scottish Beer Awards, sponsored by Aldi, has named 18 gold medal winning beers as the highest rated beers in Scotland according to 34 expert tasters who participated in a wide-ranging blind tasting competition.
The competition judges various according to their beer style with marks awarded for quality, appearance, and flavour without judges having any information on brewers, branding or labels.
The ultimate award of the competition, Scottish Brewery of the Year, went to Aberdeen’s Fierce Beer who collected 10 medals and a record breaking 6 gold medals. The brewery was commended by the judges for its transformational journey which resulted in phenomenal sales success and high-quality production. The team also collected the prize for Product Development Team of the Year.
Glasgow’s Drygate Brewery were the second most successful brewer in the competition after collecting 8 medals including 1 gold medal. In Edinburgh, Bellfield Brewery collected the gold medal for its Marzen Festival Lager in the Best Lager category and newcomer, Cold Town Brewery collected the Gold Medal for Best Pilsner for their popular Cold Town Lager, brewed in pilsner style.
Hilary Jones, Chair of the Judging Panel commented,
“The Scottish Beer Awards is quite possibly the largest and most comprehensive beer competition now in the UK. The results are endlessly fascinating, and this is helped by the fact we rate our entered beers against some of the world’s biggest selling brands which are also assessed. The results show that Scottish beers are simply the best in the world.
“Congratulations to all our winners and we wish them every success as they continue their journeys out of an incredibly challenging year and into a busy Christmas period and successful 2022.”
Graham Nicolson, Group Buying Director, Aldi Scotland commented:
“It’s a huge priviledge for all of us at Aldi to be able to show out support to the world leading Scottish brewing industry by sponsoring the Scottish Beer Awards for the sixth year in a row. There’s no denying it's been a really tough couple of years for the beer industry but we at Aldi remain completely committed to providing a platform for sharing amazing beers with our Scottish shoppers.
“This month we celebrate our 25th Scottish Beer Festival and we are already looking forward to planning our next 25 festivals and working with more breweries than ever before. Congratulations to all the winners.”
The awards programme was broadcast live on digital media to ticket holders and nearly 200 guests working in Scottish brewing attended the live dinner in Glasgow, presented by comedian Des Clarke.