Birkenhead brewery only launched award-winning ale in January
A BIRKENHEAD brewer is feeling anything but bitter after one of his beers was named the best in the North West.
Peerless Brewing Company only started brewing its Peerless Pale cask ale this year – and it has now been named the region’s champion “standard bitter” by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).
Judges at the SIBA North West Region Beer Competition tasted more than 140 beers from Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire before naming their top tipples.
The standard bitter category, which attracted more than 40 entries, focused on beers with a strength of less than 4%.
Peerless Pale was launched in January at Peerless’s Pool Street brewery. It is made with American Columbus and Summit hops and, judges said, boasts “pungent aromas of grapefruit and orange with fruity hop flavours and good bitterness”.
After its North West success, Peerless Pale will be judged again at the SIBA National Beer Competition in Sheffield next March.
Managing director Steve Briscoe said: “This is yet more terrific recognition from our peers that we are brewing top class cask ale. It is the fourth consecutive year that we have won at the contest, so this is another very happy birthday for Peerless.
“We are especially delighted to win with a beer that is less than a year old. The standard bitters class is the most fiercely fought with beers from many top award winning brewers such as Cumbria’s own Coniston and Hawkshead.
“In fact Peerless Pale was inspired by Hawkshead’s Windermere Pale, a brew which we much admire, so we are particularly pleased to win in Cumbria.”
Peerless’s Jinja Ninja beer – which is brewed with root ginger, chillies and lemons – also won a silver award in the Speciality Bottled Beers category.
Mr Briscoe said: “Jinja Ninja already has a great track record of awards, but it is wonderful to win another.
“We have had an excellent fourth year and these awards will give a further boost to our plans for growth in our fifth year.”