A Devon brewery has marked its 30th anniversary with a gold award at a major national competition.
Exe Valley Brewery, which started in 1984 and is housed in an old farm building just outside the Mid Devon village of Silverton, was recognised at the Champion Beer of Britain awards staged by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) this week.
It’s pint of Winter Glow, a strong, dark and warming beer made with Devon malt, English hops and the brewery’s own spring water, won gold in the old ales/strong milds category. It was also awarded bronze in the overall national awards.
Brewer and owner Guy Sheppard corrsaid: “We always knew that Winter Glow is a winner, but it is wonderful to have that confirmed by experienced beer judges at a national level.
“A gold award is superb and especially welcome now with 2014 being our 30th anniversary year.”
The competition featured thick, rich, dark porters and stouts, to sweet and strong barley wines. A panel of beer writers, members of the licensed trade and Camra members judged the competition.
Nik Antona, corr Champion Winter Beer of Britain director, said: “The Winter Beer of Britain competition has been given even greater significance in recent years, with the last two winners going on to win the overall champion beer of Britain held at the Great British Beer Festival in the summer. Proving these once lesser-known styles are perfect for drinking all year round.”