Celebrations for Swannay Brewery after medal haul at international event

March 11th 2017

The Swannay Brewery is celebrating a hat-trick of awards from a major international industry competition.

The Orkney based brewery has claimed gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2017 International Brewing Awards in Burton upon Trent.

Sneaky Wee Orkney Stout from the Swannay Brewery Sneaky Wee Orkney Stout from the Swannay Brewery Sneaky Wee Orkney Stout, a 4.2 per cent dry hopped stout, took gold in its class of the International Dark Beer section.

The brewery’s Light Munro claimed silver in Class 1 of the International Cask Ale competition, with the 4.7 per cent Pale Ale scooping bronze in its section of the same category.

As an added bonus, Sneaky Wee Orkney Stout is now in the running for the Dark Beer Championship Trophy at the Brewing, Food and Beverage Industry Suppliers Association event at the Guildhall in London in April.

It’s not the first time the Swannay Brewery has had success at the event, dubbed the ‘Oscars of the brewing industry’. Sneaky Wee Orkney Stout also took gold in 2015, with Pale Ale a former two-time gold medal winner too.

More than 1,000 entries were received from fifty countries for this year’s competition. Judging was held between the 7th and 9th of March, with results announced today (10th March).

The Swannay Brewery in Orkney The Swannay Brewery in Orkney

Rob Hill, Head Brewer at Swannay Brewery, said: “This is another great result for the hard working team here in Orkney. The competition at this event is fierce and we were up against some brilliant beers. The judges are very rigorous, so to come away with three medals is very respectable.”

He added: “Sneaky Wee Orkney Stout has been developing its own sneaky wee reputation recently and sales have been increasing over the last two years. We’d love to be able to export it further so we hope to be able to provide it in bottles in the future.”

Visit the Swannay Brewery website for more details of all the medal winning beers and the rest of the brewery’s range.

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