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2016 National Trust Fine Farm Produce Award

5 Westerham Beers Win 2016 National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards

Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2016

Once again our beers have made a clean sweep of Fine Farm Produce Awards at the 2016 blind tasting of National Trust food and drink products.

Now in the 11th year, the Fine Farm Produce Awards recognise the best food and drink being produced by National Trust farms and estates. This year they awarded over 50 different types of produce, celebrating the ingenuity of the farmers and producers who occupy the 500,000 acres of farmland in National Trust care.

The beers entered for the blind tasting were Scotney Pale Ale, Scotney Bitter, British Bulldog, Viceroy IPA and Bohemian Rhapsody.

While the ales have won the accolade every year since 2008, Bohemian Rhapsody was a first time entry this year.  The judges described the beer as follows:

Appearance: Clear straw colour.  Good head endures
Aroma: Interesting fragrant floral notes with subtle scent of honey
Flavour: Refreshing, balanced with a light sweetness
Aftertaste: Pleasant bitterness comes through. A refreshing pilsner without a metallic taste.

We couldn’t put it better ourselves.

All the beers are put through a rigorous blind tasting panel and are tasted alongside comparable beers from other breweries.  To win the award the beers must equal or exceed the score of the control beers.


Bronze Medal SIBA 2016

Two more medals at 2016 SIBA Competition

Posted on Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Two Westerham beers have won bronze medals at the 2016 Society of Independent Brewers SE Competition.

Viceroy India Pale Ale, which was first brewed as a cask beer in January 2016, was entered into the Strong Bitters and Pale Ales category for the first time this year and won the bronze medal. The bottled version of the beer has won 4 SIBA medals and the 2015 International Beer Challenge.

Audit Ale added to its previous haul of 8 SIBA medals winning the bronze medal in the Premium Strong Beers category. The bottled Audit Ale won Gold in the 2015 International Beer Challenge.

With over 120 brewing members in the South East Region and only 24 medals awarded in the cask category, competition  for medals in fiercer than ever.


SALSA plus BEER

Westerham Brewery achieves the SALSA plus Beer Standard

Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2016

Westerham Brewery has joined an elite group of craft breweries in achieving the SALSA plus Beer standard.  This gold standard for small food producers is a detailed audit system that tests the brewery’s systems to ensure we comply with the audit standard.  At the time of achieving the standard Westerham was one of only 3 breweries in the South East to meet the standard.

SALSA is a food-safety standard written by experienced food safety experts to reflect both the legal requirements of producers and the enhanced expectations of ‘best practice’ of professional food buyers.

SALSA certification is only granted to suppliers who are able to demonstrate to an auditor that they are able to produce safe and legal food and are committed to continually meeting the requirements of the SALSA standard.

SALSA has been developed specifically for buyers and smaller food producers who need to demonstrate that they operate to standards that are recognised and accepted across the industry and exceed the minimum standards expected by enforcement authorities.

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Work begins on the new Westerham Brewery

Posted on Friday, April 1st, 2016

Work finally began on 15 March 2016 for the new brewery building at Westerham Valley Farm.  There’s not much to see for now but over the next few months the building will start to emerge.

The site has been cleared and the building footprint set out.  The next job will be the installation of stone columns with a vibromatic rig.

The building will house the new Westerham Brewery, the Brewery shop and tasting room as well as the wine store and maturation hall for the Squerryes Estate winery.  Future plans for Westerham Valley Farm include a farm shop and a park & ride car park for Westerham.

We are keeping the project very much in the family.  The steel frame is being supplied by BSW; one of the directors, Dave Black, is a regular at the Carpenters Arms and live in Limpsfield Chart.  The main contractor is Mitchell Design and Construct; the marketing director, Julian Mitchell was a regular at our Open Evenings at the brewery and lives in Sundridge.  We believe in family.

If all goes to plan we hope to occupy the building in late October and immediately resume the evening tasting events which were so well attended at our current Grange Farm location.

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IBC Gold Audit Ale 2015

Westerham Scoops 5 medals at International Beer Challenge 2015

Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Five beers brewed by Westerham Brewery have won medals at the International Beer Challenge.

Audit Ale, a Strong Ale won Gold in its category.  Double Stout, the other half of our heritage range won Silver in the stouts and Porters category.  Marks & Spencer 9 Hop Kent Pale, brewed by Westerham picked up a Silver medal.  Viceroy IPA and British Bulldog won Bronze in the Pale Ales and Bitters category.

Robert Wicks, founder and head brewer said: ‘This is the first time we have entered the International Beer Challenge and we are very proud to have all our entries recognised for their excellence.  We are particularly pleased to win a Gold medal for the Audit Ale, which has in the past also won Supreme Champion cask beer two years in a row at SIBA competitions.’

More than 630 beers from 30 countries entered the competition, which was judged in London by a panel of beer experts including retailers, importers, publicans, brewers, writers and flavour analysts, as well as highly experienced judges from continental Europe to give a comprehensive spread of tasting experience.

Brews were entered from such far-flung places as Cambodia, Brazil, South Africa and Japan. Each was tasted blind by the expert panel and medals were awarded to the exceptional entries.

Only 48 gold medals were awarded in 62 different categories of beer.