A NEW Batley brewery has just won a coveted beer award – after judges eavesdropped on what the drinkers themselves liked best.
Pennine Brewery, based on Grange Road Industrial Estate, only began trading in late January but proved they’re no babes in arms by wowing 6,000 real ale lovers at the Dales Festival of Food and Drink in North Yorkshire.
Pennine’s Real Blonde ale not only sold out fastest at the festival but bar staff, trained to keep an ear on what the drinkers were talking about, also reported that it was the drink on everyone’s lips.
As a result, Real Blonde took the Dame Brittan’s Festival Choice award at the huge threeday event in Wensleydale after the four per cent ale beat off competition from 40 other contenders.
Pennine managing director Stewart Rowley beamed: “Winning this award in our fourth month of trading is fantastic news.
“The fact that it was drinker’s choice makes it even more special, because it tells us that our beer is loved by our most vital critics – our customers.
“The Dales Festival of Food and Drink is the biggest event of its kind in the north so we will really cherish this honour.”
Pocklingtonbased Stewart, 30, set up Pennine Brewery in Batley in September 2011, but the company only made its first beer delivery on January 21 this year.
He will receive the Dame Brittan Shield in a presentation ceremony on July 15.
Pennine now has over 300 regular customers and sells 40 brewers barrels (over 11,500 pints) a week.
The firm currently brews three core beers but is set to launch a revolutionary fourth beer called Good Health – a 3.8 per cent organic pale ale – later this summer.
Pennine Brewery is also showcasing its beers at the Dewsbury and Heavy Woollen Beer and Cider Festival at Dewsbury Town Hall, which began yesterday (Thurs).
For more information visit www.pennine brewery.co.uk.