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Highlands and Islands breweries shortlisted in Scottish Beer Awards

10 June 2016

Breweries from the Highlands and Islands have been shortlisted in every category in the Scottish Beer Awards.

The awards are a new annual business event which celebrate achievements in Scottish brewing and will take place on Thursday 29 September in Edinburgh.

The independent expert judging panel selected 73 beers as finalists from 31 different breweries across Scotland.

Off all the finalists, Ross-shire based Black Isle Brewing Co has the highest number of beers in the finals, with eight shortlisted entries.

Other breweries from the region are, WooHa Brewing Company; Orkney Brewery; Speyside Brewery; Keith Brewing; Colonsay Brewery; Windswept Brewing Company; Speyside Craft Brewey; and Isle of Skye Brewing Co.

Hilary Jones, Chair of the judging panel, said: “The judging day was a fantastic experience and I was incredibly impressed by the high standard of written entries. The tasting session was illuminating and with eight beer types and 154 beers, we were really put through our paces. The overwhelming consensus from the panel is that the Scottish brewing sector is in terrific health and producing some outstanding beers.”

Head of food and drink at Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Elaine Jamieson, said: “Scotland has a growing reputation for its emerging craft brewing sector. It’s fantastic to see such a high level and quality of entries from across the region for the first ever Scottish Beer Awards. We wish all finalist the best of luck in the forthcoming awards.”

List of shortlisted Highlands and Islands breweries:

Best Lager or Pilsner
• Black Isle Brewing Co Blonde
• WooHa Lager

Best Amber or Dark Ale:
• Black Isle Brewing Co Red Kite
• Orkney Brewery Dark Island

Best Pale Ale
• Black Isle Brewing Co Goldeneye
• Orkney Brewery Corncrake
• Speyside Bow Fiddle Blonde

Best IPA
• Black Isle Brewing Co Gold Finch
• Keith Brewing Pale Keith

Best British Style Ale
• Black Isle Brewing Co Scotch Ale
• Colonsay Brewery 80 Shilling
• Orkney Brewery Raven Ale
• Windswept Brewing Co APA

Best Porter or Stout
• Black Isle Brewing Co Porter
• Black Isle Brewing Co Hibernator Oatmeal
• Orkney Brewery Dragonhead
• Windswept Brewing Co Bear

Best Speciality Beer
• Black Isle Brewing Co Gold Finch
• Orkney Brewery Dark Isld Rsrv

Innovation of the Year
• Speyside Craft Brewery, Beery Bin

Beer Destination of the Year
• Orkney Brewery, Stromness, Orkney
Product Development Team of the Year
• Isle of Skye Brewery

Exporter of the Year
• Keith Brewing
• Windswept

Excellence in Marketing
• Colonsay
• Keith Brewing

Growth Business of the Year
• Keith Brewing

Master Brewer of the Year
• Tony Kotronis, Keith Brewery
Scottish Brewery of the Year
• Black Isle Brewing Co

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