SIBA reveals winners of its inaugural Digital Beer Awards

Jacopo Mazzeo

Jacopo Mazzeo

29 July 2020

Imbibe took part in judging the Society of Independent Brewers' (SIBA) 2020 awards, which was entered by over 180 British breweries

The Digital Beer Awards saw nearly 500 different beers being tasted across two days of live video judging. Imbibe news editor Jacopo Mazzeo took part in the process as one of the lead judges (all pictured above).

The overall Gold medal went to Darwin’s Origin from Shrewsbury Salopian Brewery, praised by the judges for its ‘great lemony aroma’ and described as a ‘very good example of a dry bitter with good drinkability’. 

The overall Silver went to Middlesbrough’s Play Brew Co’s Los Bandito, a hazy double-dry-hopped pale ale, while the Bronze medal was awarded to London Beer Lab’s Session IPA.

‘The past few months have been a challenging time for Salopian, but we have adapted as many have had to and I am extremely pleased that one of the beers we brewed and bottled during lockdown has gone on to win such a prestigious award,’ commented Salopian director, Jake Douglas. ‘Our bottling line has been creaking at the seams recently – earning it’s keep – [and] this award is testament to the hard work and diligence of all my team.’ 

A number of other British beers were awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals across 15 different categories ranging from Imperial IPAs to Premium Lagers & Pilsners, full details of which are given below.

Bottle/Can British Dark Beers (up to 4.4% abv)

  • Gold: Black Sheep Brewery, Milk Stout
  • Silver: Stewart Brewing, Stewart's 80/-
  • Bronze: Dawkins Ales, East Bristol Session Porter

Bottle/Can British Dark Beers (4.5% abv to 6.4% abv)

  • Gold: Star Wing Brewery, Stain Glass Blue
  • Silver: The Hop Shed, Phoenix Porter
  • Bronze: Palmers Brewery, Tally Ho!

Bottle/Can British Bitters (up to 4.4% abv)

  • Gold: Salopian Brewery, Darwin's Origin
  • Silver: Southbourne Ales, Southbourne Ales Headlander
  • Bronze: Abbeydale Brewery, Daily Bread

Bottle/Can Premium Bitters (4.5% abv to 6.4% abv)

  • Gold: Palmers Brewery, Palmers 200
  • Silver: Gower Brewery Co, Gower Power
  • Bronze: The Oaks Brewing Company, NZ Pale

Bottle/Can Session IPA (up to 4.3% abv)

  • Gold: London Beer Lab, Session IPA
  • Silver: Salopian Brewery, Keepsake
  • Bronze: Dog Falls Brewing Co, Colloidoscope

Bottle/Can Premium PAs (4.4% abv to 5.4% abv)

  • Gold: Play Brew Co, Los Bandito
  • Silver: Purity Brewing Company, Session IPA
  • Bronze: Exmoor Ales, Exmoor Gold

Bottle/Can Can IPA (5.5% abv to 6.4% abv)

  • Gold: Brew York, Big Eagle
  • Silver: Windsor and Eton Brewery, Uprising's Treason
  • Bronze: Thornbridge Brewery, Jaipur

Bottle/Can Imperial IPA (6.5% abv and over)

  • Gold: Fallen Acorn Brewing Co, Crystal Haze
  • Silver: Padstow Brewing Co, Sundowner 3.0
  • Bronze: Brass Castle Brewery, Disruptor

Bottle/Can Session Lager & Pilsners

  • Gold: Thornbridge Brewery, Lukas
  • Silver: Signature Brew, Studio Lager
  • Bronze: Weetwood Ales, Kuhl Lager

Bottle/Can Premium Lager & Pilsners

  • Gold: Turpin's Brewery Cambridge, Underback Pilsner
  • Gold: Elusive Brewing, Overflow
  • Bronze: Bays Brewery, Devon Rock Craft Lager

Bottle/Can Amber to Dark Lager

  • Gold: Utopian Brewing, Vienna Keller
  • Silver: Zerodegrees Cardiff, The Beast Black Lager
  • Bronze: Bedlam Brewery, Bedlam BrouHaHa

Bottle/Can Speciality Light Beers

  • Gold: London Beer Factory, Skin Contact
  • Silver: Black Tor Brewery, Saison
  • Bronze: Tyne Bank Brewery, Summer Breeze

Bottle/Can Speciality Mid to Dark Beers

  • Gold: Salcombe Brewery Co, Speyside Barrel Aged Porter
  • Silver: Hammerton Brewery, Crunch
  • Bronze: Boss Brewing, Wildfire

Bottle/Can Sours/Spontaneous

  • Gold: Ride Brew Co, Mojito Sour
  • Silver: Geipel Brewing, Aloha from Bala
  • Bronze: Deviant & Dandy, And The Beat Gose On

Bottle/Can Strong Beers 6.5% abv and over

  • Gold: Utopian Brewing, Rainbock Maibock Lager
  • Silver: Fyne Ales, Origins Brewing Elegy
  • Bronze: The Chiltern Brewery, Bodgers Barley Wine

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