Well done Highland Brewing Company. The Orkney-based brewery has just taken home a clutch of awards from the International Brewing Awards, held in Burton in Trent.
Three of Highland’s beers won gold in their respective classes: Island Hopping (Cask 3.9% to 4.3%); Pale Ale (Cask 4.4% to 4.8%) – winning for the second successive year; Sneaky Wee Orkney Stout (Dark Beer 3.8% to 4.7%). Also Highland’s Oat Stout (Dark Beer 4.8% to 5.7%) claimed a silver award while Light Munro (Cask 2.9% to 3.8%) won bronze in the low strength cask ale section.
The Championship awards for each class, judged from the gold winners, will be announced on April 29 at a gala event in London’s Guildhall. First launched in the 19th century, the awards now attract around 1000 entries from some 50 countries in categories from lagers and ciders to stouts and strong cask ales and are judged by brewers and cider makers from around the world.
Head brewer Rob Hill must be well chuffed!