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Best beer in Scotland named by SIBA

By Daniel Woolfson

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SIBA awards: Swannay Brewery's "very special beer" takes top accolade
SIBA awards: Swannay Brewery's "very special beer" takes top accolade

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The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has named Island Hopping by Swannay Brewery as the best beer in Scotland. 

Island Hopping, a 3.9% ABV “hoppy session beer”, was awarded the title at SIBA’s Independent Beer Awards at Drygate Brewery in Glasgow last night (10 November).

SIBA chairman Guy Sheppard said: “Scotland has an amazingly vibrant and exciting craft beer scene and, as such, the quality of the entries was exceptionally high this year.”

Butch Lynch, brewer at Swannay, accepted the award.

'Amazing to win'

He said: “It’s amazing to win, especially for such a small brewery as this award gets our name out across the whole of Scotland and beyond.

“We think Island Hopping is a very special beer and are proud that the judges did too.”

SIBA also crowned Mills & Hills of Fyne Ales as the winner of its 'small pack' competition, which judges bottled and canned beers from independent brewers.

SIBA’s Independent Beer Awards: the full results

Overall Champion Cask Beer of the competition

GOLD

Swannay Brewery

Island Hopping

SILVER

Williams Bros Brewing Co

Williams Black

BRONZE

Drygate Brewing Company

Dark Skies Stout

Standard Milds & Brown Ales

GOLD

Williams Bros Brewing Co

Williams Black

SILVER

Swannay Brewery

Dark Munro

BRONZE

Orkney Brewery

Three Sisters

Standard Bitters & Pale Ales

GOLD

Swannay Brewery

Island Hopping

SILVER

Windswept Brewing Co

Aurora

BRONZE

Kelburn Brewing Co

Pivo Estivo

Best Bitters & Pale Ales 

GOLD

Swannay Brewery

Scapa Special

SILVER

Williams Bros Brewing Co

Birds & Bees

BRONZE

Barney's Beer Limited

Extra Pale

Premium Bitters & Pale Ales

GOLD

Alechemy Brewing Ltd

Bad Day At The Office

SILVER

Loch Lomond Brewery

Bonnie 'n' Clyde

BRONZE

Swannay Brewery

Pale Ale

Strong Bitters & Pale Ales

GOLD

Cairngorm Brewery

Wildcat

SILVER

Swannay Brewery

Duke IPA

BRONZE

Williams Bros Brewing Co

Joker IPA

Premium Strong Beers

GOLD

Loch Lomond Brewery

Bravehop Amber IPA

SILVER

Windswept Brewing Co

Wolf

BRONZE

Knops Beer Company

Black Cork

Porters, Stouts, Old Ales, Strong Milds & Strong Brown Ales

GOLD

Drygate Brewing Company

Dark Skies Stout

SILVER

Loch Lomond Brewery

Silkie Stout

BRONZE

Stewart Brewing

Penny Mob Porter

Speciality Beers

GOLD

Strathaven Ales

Usquebae

SILVER

Loch Lomond Brewery

Wild Craft

BRONZE

Orkney Brewery

Dark Island Reserve

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