Brewery strikes gold at awards

Brewery manager Alex Balchin.
Brewery manager Alex Balchin.

The team at Hunmanby-based Wold Top Brewery is celebrating after winning two prestigious awards for its continental-style blonde beer.

Wold Gold was awarded both Best in Show (by Country) and a silver medal at the London Beer Competition.

Judged by industry professionals, the competition recognises top quality beers that offer both the trade and the consumer great value for money and stands out on the shelf or on the bar.

Beers were judged on the basis of three primary criteria – quality, value and packaging – and then scored on a 100-point scale. Beers that scored 90+ points were awarded Gold medals, while beers that scored 76 to 89 points were awarded Silver medals.

Wold Gold is brewed using Yorkshire Wolds grown barley, Wheat and Cara malt hopped with Goldings and Styrian hops that impart a fruity flavour with a hint of spice.

Wold Top’s Brewery manager Alex Balchin is pleased with the awards.

He said: “We’re delighted that a beer that was first brewed 14 years ago has withstood the test of time to win two awards at this new global beer competition.”

CEO Sid Patel, of event organiser Beverage Trade Network, said: “At all the other major competitions, beers are judged solely on the quality of what’s in the bottle.

“We wanted to take a different approach, by asking our judges to look at beers the way beer drinkers do, adding appearance and value for money into the mix.”

Judges at the event included Ros Shiel, secretary of the British Guild of Beer Writers; Mitch Adams, beer and spirits buyer, Borough Wines, London and Anna Aitken, buyer and beer sommelier at Flavourly.com.