Brewer scores hat-trick of national awards for beers

Rob Millichamp and Matt Fawson  with their awards.
Rob Millichamp and Matt Fawson with their awards.

Beers created by an Alnwick brewer have scooped a hat-trick of awards at a national competition.

Robert Millichamp, head brewer at Mordue Brewery, in North Shields, created Killswitch 51 as the company’s entry in the first Newcastle Beer Festival Battle of the Beers competition in 2012.

The brew didn’t win then, but last week it was given the gold award at the Society of Independent Brewers’ (SIBA) BeerX competition, in the speciality beer category, after winning gold at the SIBA regional awards last year.

But the awards didn’t stop there. Judges felt Killswitch 51 deserved more recognition and it received the bronze award in the overall champion beer of the competition category.

The brewery’s Amber ale also won a silver in the Bitters, Pale and Golden Ales section.

Robert, 29, said: “It is a great honour for Mordue Brewery to win these awards.

“The national recognition is testament to the hard work we put in on a daily basis to create beers of outstanding quality.

“Killswitch 51 started as an experimental project and gained a cult following and we had to bring it back because of demand.

“Winning the regional award was already fantastic, but to be crowned the winners of the category and be named third in the supreme champion contest is unbelieveable.”

Killswitch 51 is a single-malt beer made with Australian and American hop varieties.

It is a rich amber in colour and tastes of berries and stoned-fruit.

Robert is currently creating a brew for this year’s Battle of the Beers competition.