Scottish lagers going for gold

Ten beers reach category final in inaugural awards scheme

Photo by Rob McDougall

TEN Scottish beers are in with a chance of being named best lager or pilsner in the inaugural Scottish Beer Awards.
Bohemian Pilsner from Edinburgh’s Bellfield Brewery, Black Isle Brewing Co’s Blonde, Brewdog’s Kingpin, Bearface Lager from Glasgow’s Drygate, Edinburgh Beer Factory’s Paolozzi, Fallen Brewing Co’s Odyssey, Schiehallion from Harviestoun, Sixº North’s Pils, Caesar Augustus from Williams Bros Brewing Co, and Wooha Lager from the Nairn-based Wooha Brewing Company have been named as finalists in the Best Lager or Pilsner category in the competition.
More than 70 beers and 31 Scottish breweries have reached the final stage of the contest, which also has categories for Best Amber or Dark Ale, Best Pale Ale, Best IPA, Best British-Style Ale, Best Porter or Stout and Best Speciality Beer.
Awards will also be presented for Innovation of the Year, Beer Destination of the Year, Product Development Team of the Year, Exporter of the Year, Excellence in Marketing, Growth Business of the Year, Master Brewer of the Year and Scottish Brewery of the Year at the awards event on September 29 at Edinburgh Corn Exchange.
Hilary Jones, former Scottish & Newcastle director and chair of the panel which judged all 154 beers entered before selecting the 73 finalists, said: “The tasting session was illuminating and with eight beer types and 154 beers, we were really put through our paces.
“The overwhelming consensus from the panel is that the Scottish brewing sector is in terrific health and producing some outstanding beers.”