It’s a silver for Moonlight, the beer with the best back story ever. First brewed as a special in 2003 to celebrate former brewery chairman Peter Arkell’s moonlight sorties behind enemy lines in the Second World War, Moonlight immediately picked up a huge fan base which demanded it become regular beer. Moonlight is a glorious golden colour, tastes fruity, sharp and dry with an ABV of 4.5%.
It’s a bronze for Tinge of Ginge (3.5% ABV with a suggestion of ginger). Tinge of Ginge is part of the Wiltshire brewery’s Flavour collection launched in January this year.
Arkell’s Bee’s Organic also picked up a bronze this year. This beer has won more awards than practically any other Arkell’s beer. Launched more than ten years’ ago to cater for the growing demand for tasty organic ale, Bee’s Organic is brewed from organically-grown malted barley, hops and delicious organic honey, giving it a light, refreshing taste with a hint of tropical fruits and an ABV of 4.5%.
Head brewer, Alex Arkell, said: “We’re thrilled with this haul of awards, especially as they celebrate three very different beers. Moonlight is a fabulous traditional ale, Tinge of Ginge is an exciting development for us, as we experiment with new tastes and flavours for our growing community of beer drinkers, and our Bee’s Organic proves beer can be as delicious and satisfying when its’ ingredients are sustainably sourced.”
SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, represents over 850 independent craft brewers across the UK producing over 5,000 craft-brewed beers in cask, craft keg, bottle and can.
Guy Sheppard, SIBA Chairman, commented on the impressive range of beers judged in the competition. He said: “The standard of entries this year was incredibly high and the judges had a very difficult job in picking the winners. These brewers’ choice awards represent the very best in independent craft beer in the South West.”
The Competition is the first of the 2016 round of Regional Competitions and winners from each category will go forward to compete against the winners of the other regions at the national finals in March 2017.