We already know what a wealth of great breweries and beers we’re blessed with here in the North East, but it’s still nice to have some official recognition that the rest of the country knows what we’re up to.
Most years there’s a North East brewery representing the region at a national competition and this year Wylam have stepped up to the challenge of bringing home a prize.
The brewery is taking its Haxan Black Wit beer to Sheffield later in March, to compete against brews from across the country at the BeerX National Beer Competition 2015.
There will also be Sonnet 43’s American Pale Ale, Allendale’s Pennine Pale and Mordue’s Killswitch 51 in bottle; Mordue’s Oatmeal Stout in keg; and Mordue’s Five Bridges bitter, Hadrian & Border Brewery’s Farne Island bitter and Allendale’s APA on cask.
Organised by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), BeerX is one of the main beer competitions of the year as well as a good opportunity to sample beers from around the country.
The beers at BeerX will be judged against beers of the same style from all over the country, with gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded in each category, as well as three Supreme Champion Awards given to the best cask, keg and bottled beers. Winners will be announced on Wednesday March 18.
After being judged by a panel of more than 100 judges, all the beers will be sold to drinkers at the BeerX Festival of Beer, where beer enthusiasts and novices are expected to visit the festival and enjoy some of the 200+ ales, lagers, stouts, milds and other styles of beer on offer.
Dave Stone from Wylam Brewery says: “We are very proud of our beers and delighted to have this opportunity to compete on a national stage, against some of the finest beers from all over the UK.
“Obviously, we’re hoping to come home from BeerX with a medal, but we’re happy just to be going to Sheffield and introducing our beer to hundreds of drinkers who haven’t tried it before.
“We’re grateful to everyone at our brewery who has helped us to brew great beer, and to the many local pubs, shops and drinkers who have supported us.”
Wylam describe Haxan Black Wit as a 6.2% black wheat beer with deep solid tawny tones.
SIBA managing director Mike Benner says: “There are now more than 1,400 small brewers in the UK, producing innovative, flavourful beers that have fuelled the regeneration of the British beer market and introduced millions of consumers to our national drink.”