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Which beers from Suffolk and north Essex have won gold at the SIBA East awards?

PUBLISHED: 13:04 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 16:57 27 September 2017

SIBA East, the regional arm of the Society of Independent Brewers, has announced the results of its 2017 competition.

SIBA East, the regional arm of the Society of Independent Brewers, has announced the results of its 2017 competition.

Six beers brewed in Suffolk and north Essex have been named among the winners at the 2017 Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) East Independent Beer Awards:

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Umbel Magna (5.0%abv), brewed by Nethergate at Pentlow, near Long Melford, won Gold in the Speciality Mid to Dark Beers category in the Cask section of the awards. Umbel Magna is a porter-style beer with characteristic notes of coffee and chocolate from the use of dark malts but with the added twist of an infusion of coriander, in keeping with an original recipe dating from the 18th Century. The bottled version of Umbel Magna also won Silver in the corresponding category in the Small Pack section of the awards.

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Nethergate’s Old Grower (5.5%abv) won Gold in the Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds and Strong Brown Ales category in the Small Pack section of the awards. Old Growler is a more conventional porter-style beer, similar to Umbel Magna but without the coridander, and has won a string of awards in both bottled and cask form, including the CAMRA Winter Beer Festival, where it has twice been overall champion. Another of Nethergate’s bottled beers, Lemon Head, won Silver in the Speciality Light Beers category in the Small Pack section.

Mauldons Brewery in Sudbury has won best bottled beer for the Eastern region.  Mauldons Brewery in Sudbury has won best bottled beer for the Eastern region.

Blackberry Porter (4,8%abv), brewed by Sudbury-based Mauldons, won Gold in the Speciality Mid to Dark Beers category in Small Pack section of the awards. Blackberry Porter is a seasonal offering in which blackberries provide a fruity finish to a full-bodied black porter with characteristic dark roast and chocoolate flavours. Blackberry Porter also won Silver in the corresponding category in the Cask section of the awards while Mauldons’ Black Adder Stout picked up Silver in the Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds and Strong Brown Ales category in the Cask section.

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Green Jack Brewing Company from Lowestoft won Gold in the Speciality Light Beers category in the Cask section of the awards for its Orange Wheat beer (4.2%). Orange Wheat is a golden beer brewed with 40% wheat malt and a mix of both fresh and dired orange peel, producing zestry citrus notes to balance an underlying sweetness. Green Jack also won Bronze in the Strong Bitters and Pale Ales category in the Cask section for its Mahseer IPA.

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Flower Power (6.0%abv), a summer seasonal beer from Green Jack, won Gold in the Speciality Light Beers category in the Small Pack sectioni of the awards. Flower Power is a stronger, limited edition, version of Green Jack’s Summer Dream, with both ales being brewed with elderflowers to produce a floral but refreshingly crisp finish, perfect of warm summer evenings.

Alec Williamson of Calvors with the firm's SIBA Gold certificate and a bottle of Premium Pilsner lager.Alec Williamson of Calvors with the firm's SIBA Gold certificate and a bottle of Premium Pilsner lager.

Premium Pilsner (5.0abv), brewed by Calvors Brewery, based at Coddenham, won Gold in the Premium Lagers and Pilsners category of the Small Pack section. Premium Pilsner demonstrates how lager-style beers do not have to be bland, with gentle maltiness and hop character both making their presence felt and in perfect balance with one another.

Gold in the overall Cask championship went to the winner of the Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds and Strong Brown Ales category, Cambridge Black, from Turpin’s Brewery, based at Pampisford, near Cambridge.

Overall Silver went to Grain Brewery from Alburgh, near Harleston in Norfolk, for Lignum Vitae, winner of the Premium Strong Beers category, and overall Bronze to Oakham Ales from Woodston, near Peterborough, for Green Devil IPA, winner in the Strong Bitters and Pale Ales category.

In the Small Pack, overall Gold went to the Tring Brewery from Hertfordshire for Pale Four, winner of the Premium Bitters and Pale Ale category, Silver to Elgood & Sons from Wisbech for Warrior Ale (Strong Bitters and Pale Ales) and Bronze to Wolf Brewery from Besthorpe in Norfolk for Sirius Dog Star (Standard Mild Ales and Brown Ales).

Other medal winners from Suffolk and north Essex included: Southwold-based Adnams, which won Silvers in the Small Pack section for Ghost Ship (Premium Bitters and Pale Ales) and Tally-Ho (Premium Strong Beers); Briarbank from Ipswich, Silver in the Cask section for Cobnut (Standard Mild Ales and Brown Ales); Bishop Nick from Braintree, Small Pack Silver for Divine (Strong Bitters and Pale Ales) and Small Pack Bronze for both Dark Mild (Standard Mild and Brown Ales) and Heresy (Standard Bitters and Pale Ales); and Barrell & Sellers, from St Cross South Elmham, near Bungay, Small Pack Silver for Mild’n’Bitter (Standard Mild and Brown Ales).

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