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3rd annual Scottish beer awards winners announced

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The winners of the 3rd annual Scottish Beer Awards have been revealed at the biggest ever celebration of Scottish brewing held in Edinburgh last night (Thursday 27th September 2018).

Nearly 400 guests from across the UK brewing industry gathered to hear news on award winners after a wide-ranging competition which has been running since February.  Awards were presented for both business performance and taste after 296 Scottish beers were presented into the blind tasting competition.

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Edinburgh’s Stewart Brewing was presented with the ultimate award of the night, Scottish Brewery of the Year, after a phenomenal year of growth in turnover, exports and product development.  Stewart Brewing also walked away with awards for Growth Business of the Year and two taste award medals for their Corpse Reviver and Cascadian beers.

However, it was Fierce Beer from Aberdeen who triumphed in the hotly contended taste awards, winning a total of 4 gold medals and one silver medal.  2017 champions, BrewDog enjoyed further success this year winning a total of 6 medals in the IPA, Barrel Aged, Stout and Amplified Beers categories.

Hilary Jones, chair of the judging panel commented;

“Now in its third year, the Scottish Beer Awards is an eagerly awaited celebration firmly fixed in the UK brewing calendar.  With a proven record of inclusivity and collaboration across the whole sector, these awards are truly representative of an exciting industry making first class products. To see so many breweries, both large and small, triumph this evening is hugely encouraging and a sign of the growing success of Scottish companies in the world of brewing.”

This year’s competition saw the introduction of a new category, created in collaboration with headline sponsors, ALDI to recognise emerging talent.  The Emerging Brewer of the Year Award was presented to Jonathan Robinson of Innis & Gunn who was praised by the judging panel for his passion and commitment to the sector and specifically towards his role as a young brewer in a rapidly growing business.

Graham Nicolson, Group Buying Director, ALDI Scotland, commented:
“We’re hugely proud to have been headline sponsors of the Scottish Beer Awards since 2016 and privileged to work with so many of the breweries recognised at the awards this evening. The popularity of Scottish beer continues to grow, and we are pleased to be a part of such an exciting time for the Scottish brewing sector.

“The quality of beer being produced in Scotland continues to be second to none and the industry offers some exceptional career prospects for young people.  We extend our congratulations to the winner of the emerging brewer award and wish Jonathan from Innis & Gunn every success in his future career.”

Full List of Winners: 

Scottish Brewery of the Year sponsored by Bruce Stevenson Insurance Company 

WINNER: Stewart Brewing 


Eden Mill

Edinburgh Beer Factory

Fierce Beer

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company

Beer of the Year 

WINNER: Belhaven Brewery – Twisted Grapefruit IPA 

Best Lager or Pilsner 

GOLD MEDAL:  Tennent Caledonian Breweries – Tennent’s Gluten Free Lager 

SILVER MEDAL:  Eyeball Brewing – Eyeball Yellow

BRONZE MEDAL:  Brew Toon – Weekend Hooker


Bellfield Brewery – Bohemian Pilsner

BrewDog – Fools Gold

Cromarty Brewing Co. – Lager

Cromarty Brewing Co. – Arctic Swell

Drygate Brewing Co. – Chimera India Pale Lager

Edinburgh Beer Factory – Paolozzi Unfiltered Helles Lager

Edinburgh Beer Factory – Paolozzi Helles Lager

Eyeball Brewing – Eyeball Black

Merchant City Brewing Co. – Vienna Lager

six°north – Peloton

Stewart Brewing – Franz Lager

Stewart Brewing – Stewart's Lager

Tempest Brewing Co. – Hell-Es Lager

Tennent Caledonian Breweries – Caledonia Double Hop

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company – Lager

Williams Bros Brewing Co. – Caesar Augustus

Best Pale Ale 

GOLD MEDAL:  Eden Mill – Three Pistons 

SILVER MEDAL:  Barney's Beer – Cloudburst

BRONZE MEDAL:  Stewart Brewing – Cascadian East


Belhaven Brewery – Bridge To Nowhere Pale Ale

Black Isle Brewing Co. – Rhode Runner

Born in the Borders – Flower of Scotland

Bute Brew Co. – Straad Ass

Campbell's Brewery  – Gunner

Cromarty Brewing Co. – Rogue Wave

Cromarty Brewing Co. – Happy Chappy

Cross Borders Brewing Company – Braw

Cross Borders Brewing Company – APA

Ferry Brewery – Ferry Fair

Fierce Beer – Day Shift

Merchant City Brewing Co. – American Pale Ale

Redcastle Brewery – Crusader

Stewart Brewing – Ka Pai

Stewart Brewing – Hollyrood

Tempest Brewing Co. – Long White Cloud

Tennent Caledonian Breweries – Caledonia Outpost IPA

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company – Frank & Sense

The Orkney Brewery – Orkney Gold

 Williams Bros Brewing Co. – Birds & Bees

Best IPA sponsored by Bairds Malt & Brewers Select 

GOLD MEDAL:  BrewDog – King of Eights 

SILVER MEDAL:  Fierce Beer – Split Shift

BRONZE MEDAL:  BrewDog – Hazy Jane


BrewDog – Jet Trash

Bute Brew Co. – 48 Ferries

Cromarty Brewing Co. – Black Hop Down

Drygate Brewing Co. – Seven Peaks

Drygate Brewing Co. – Galdeye IPA

Spey Valley Brewery – Hardware

St Andrews Brewing Company – Notorious B.I.P.A.

Stewart Brewing – Radical Road

Stewart Brewing – First World Problems

Stewart Brewing – Voss IPA

Stewart Brewing For Lidl – Bright Lights IPA

Swannay Brewery – Muckle IPA

Tempest Brewing Co. – Brave New World

Tempest Brewing Co. – Soma IPA

Tennent Caledonian Breweries – Tennents Export IPA

Top Out Brewery – The Cone

Up Front Brewing – Ishmael

Windswept Brewing Co. – Tornado

Best Session Beer 

GOLD MEDAL:  The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company – Session IPA 

SILVER MEDAL:  Barney's Beer – Glory Days

BRONZE MEDAL:  Tempest Brewing Co. – Vermont Sessions


Born in the Borders – Foxy Blonde

BrewDog – Dead Pony Club

Bute Brew Co. – Scalpsie Blonde

Cromarty Brewing Co. – Whiteout

Cross Borders Brewing Company – Wee Braw

Drygate Brewing Co. – Ax Man Rye IPA

Eden Mill – Weize Guy

Ferry Brewery – 3 Bridges

Fierce Beer – Heffen Heff

six°north – Omnium

Spey Valley Brewery – Stillman's IPA

Stewart Brewing – Session IPA

Tempest Brewing Co. – Pale Armadillo

The Orkney Brewery – Corncrake

Windswept Brewing Co. – Lighthouse

Windswept Brewing Co. – Hurricane

Windswept Brewing Co. – Aurora

Best British Style Ale sponsored by Wolffe 

GOLD MEDAL:  Fyne Ales – Maverick 

SILVER MEDAL:  Belhaven Brewery – 80 Shilling

BRONZE MEDAL:  Inveralmond Brewery – Ossian


Barney’s Beer – Good Ordinary Pale Ale

Belhaven Brewery – Scottish Ale

Born in the Borders – Game Bird

Bute Brew Co. – Red

Bute Brew Co. – Thorough Bread

Eden Mill – 19th Brew

Inveralmond Brewery – Lia Fail

The Orkney Brewery – Orkney Raven

Swannay Brewery – Scapa Special

Williams Brothers Brewing Co. – Fraoch

Best Amber or Dark Ale 

GOLD MEDAL:  Spey Valley Brewery – Spey's Hopper 

SILVER MEDAL:  Windswept Brewing Co. – Wolf

BRONZE MEDAL:  Fyne Ales – Vital Spark


Dalrannoch Brewing Co. – Red Skelp

Edinburgh Beer Factory – BUNK! Edinburgh Brown

Ferry Brewery – Ferry Alt

Inveralmond Brewery – Daracha

Late Night Hype Brewing Co. – Lennox Amber

Merchant City Brewing Co. – Unit 1 Red Ale

Stewart Brewing – St Giles

Stewart Brewing – Embra

The Orkney Brewery – Orkney Dark Island

 The Orkney Brewery – Orkney Red MacGregor

Best Porter sponsored by Barr Printer 

GOLD MEDAL:  Fierce Beer – Dirty Sanchez 

SILVER MEDAL:  Tempest Brewing Co. – Red Eye Flight

BRONZE MEDAL:  Top Out Brewery – Smoked Porter


Barney's Beer – Capital Porter

Black Isle Brewing Co. – Double Hit

Cromarty Brewing Co. – Ghost Town

Cross Borders Brewing Company – India Porter

Ferry Brewery – Thomas Miller

Tempest Brewing Co. – Elemental

Best Stout 

GOLD MEDAL:  Drygate Brewing Co. – Orinoco Breakfast Stout 

SILVER MEDAL:  BrewDog – Jet Black Heart

BRONZE MEDAL:  Williams Bros Brewing Co. – Profanity Stout


Belhaven Brewery – Scottish Stout

Belhaven Brewery – Scottish Oat Stout

Born in the Borders – Liquid Velvet

Cromarty Brewing Co. – Brewed Awakening

Drygate Brewing Co. – Dark Skies

Eden Mill – Imperfect Storm

Fierce Beer – Moose Mousse

Fyne Ales – Sublime Stout

Stewart Brewing – Cauld Reekie

Stewart Brewing/Electric Bear Brewing – Not Your Buddy, Guy

Tennent Caledonian Breweries – Tennent’s Export Stout

The Orkney Brewery – Orkney Dragonhead Stout

Up Front Brewing – AHAB

Williams Bros Brewing Co. – March Of The Penguin

Best Amplified Beer sponsored by Cara Technology 

GOLD MEDAL:  Fierce Beer – Very Big Moose

SILVER MEDAL:  BrewDog – Pulp Patriot

BRONZE MEDAL:  Barney's Beer – Marshmallow Milk Stout


Black Isle Brewing Co. – Scotch Ale

Black Isle Brewing Co. – Systems Theory

BrewDog – Cocoa Psycho

Drygate Brewing Co. – Orpheus

Fyne Ales – Mills & Hills

Merchant City Brewing Co. – Jaggery Imperial Stout

six°north – Chapeau

Swannay Brewery – Orkney Porter

Tempest Brewing Co. – Marmalade on Rye

Tempest Brewing Co. – Mexicake

Williams Bros Brewing Co. – Double Joker IPA

Williams Bros Brewing Co. – Alba

Windswept Brewing Co. – Chinook

Best Sour Beer  

GOLD MEDAL:  Fierce Beer – Tangerine Tart 

SILVER MEDAL:  Stewart Brewing/BrewDog – Corpse Reviver

BRONZE MEDAL:  Fyne Ales – Origins Brewing – Expedition


Barney's Beer – Cosmic Ripple

BrewDog – Zephyr – Lime Gose Edition

Cromarty Brewing Co. – Udder Madness

Fierce Beer – Very Berry

Fyne Ales – Origins Brewing – Goodnight, Summer

Tempest Brewing Co. – Drop Kick Me Jesus

Best Fruit Forward sponsored by Foodies Magazine 

GOLD MEDAL:  Belhaven Brewery – Twisted Grapefruit IPA 

SILVER MEDAL:  Williams Bros Brewing Co., Exclusively for ALDI – Rubus

BRONZE MEDAL:  Dead End Brew Machine – Death III


Belhaven Brewery – Twisted Mango IPA

BrewDog – Clockwork Tangerine

BrewDog – Elvis Juice

Drygate Brewing Co. – Disco Forklift Truck

Edinburgh Beer Factory – BUNK! Cherry Saison

Fierce Beer – Cranachan Killer

Late Night Hype Brewing Co. – BoomTang IPA

Merchant City Brewing Co. – Kiwi & Lime Saison

Tempest Brewing Co. – Dios Mio

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company – Mangoes on the Run

Top Out Brewery – Simon Says-On

Best Barrel Aged Beer 

GOLD MEDAL:  Fierce Beer – BA Very Big Moose 

SILVER MEDAL:  BrewDog – Dog G

BRONZE MEDAL:  Windswept Brewing Co. – BEAR


Black Isle Brewing Co. – Systems Theory (East Coast)

Black Isle Brewing Co. – Systems Theory (West Coast)

Cromarty Brewing Co. – Double Barrel Rocker

Eden Mill – Russian Caravan Imperial Stout

Merchant City Brewing Co. – Bourbon Barrelled Vienna Lager

St Andrews Brewing Company – Party Like an Australian

Stewart Brewing/Electric Bear Brewing – Not Your Buddy, Guy (Barrel Aged)

Swannay Brewery – Barrel Aged Orkney Porter (Arran Ed)

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company – Blood Red Sky

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company – Kindred Spirits

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company – Mika's Choice

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company – The Original

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company – Vanishing Point

The Orkney Brewery – Orkney Dark Island Reserve

Windswept Brewing Co. – WOLF of Glen Moray

Master Brewer of the Year 

WINNER:  Scott Williams, Williams Brothers Brewing Co. 


Andrew Fulton, The Orkney Brewery

Dougal Sharp, The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company

Breakthrough Brewery 

WINNER: Edinburgh Beer Factory 


Bellfield Brewery

Brew Toon

Dalrannoch Brewing Co.

Merchant City Brewing Company

Redcastle Brewery

Up Front Brewing

Emerging Brewer of the Year sponsored by ALDI 

WINNER:  Jonathan Robinson (Digger), The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company 


Adam Gray, Merchant City Brewing Co.

Thomas Willis, Redcastle Brewery

Growth Business of the Year sponsored by Rankin Brothers & Sons 

WINNER:  Stewart Brewing


Bellfield Brewery

Fierce Beer

St Andrews Brewing Company

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company

Innovation of the Year sponsored by Kegstar 

WINNER:  Fyne Ales for Origins Brewing 


Bute Brew Co. for Thorough Bread Beer and the Circular Economy

Eyeball Brewing for Innovative Product Range

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company for Barrels into Beer

Williams Brothers Brewing Co. for Innovative Bottle Design

Exporter of the Year 

WINNER:  Belhaven Brewery 


Black Isle Brewing Co.

Fierce Beer

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company

WooHa Brewing Company

Excellence in Marketing 

WINNER:  The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company 


Cross Borders Brewing Company

Fierce Beer

Merchant City Brewing Co.

Stewart Brewing

Tempest Brewing Co.

Williams Brothers Brewing Co.

Product Development Team of the Year 

WINNER:  Barney’s Beer 


Cromarty Brewing Co.

Dead End Brew Machine

Edinburgh Beer Factory

Tempest Brewing Co.

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company

Beer Bar of the Year 

WINNER:  six°north, Glasgow 


Barney’s Beer

Black Isle Brewing Co.

Brew Toon

Old Worthy Brewing Co.

Shilling Brewing Company

St Andrews Brewing Company

The Innis & Gunn Brewing Company

Williams Brothers Brewing Co.

Beer Destination of the Year 

WINNER:  Edinburgh Beer Factory 


Born in the Borders

Fyne Ales

The Orkney Brewery

Stewart Brewing

Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery

Beer Event of the Year 

WINNER:  Fyne Ales for FyneFest 


BrewDog for Collabfest

Drygate Brewing Co., West End Beer Festival, Up Front Brewing, Out of Town Brewing, Dead End Brew Machine & Gallus for Beer Makes Glasgow Festival

six°north for Midsummer Beer Happening

Tempest Brewing Co. for Springfest & Oktoberfest

Windswept Brewing Co. for Moktoberfest

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